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Rated PG-13 · 105 minutes · 2011

Action, Adventure, Science fiction
Rise of the Planet of the Apes does for the Apes franchise what the new Star Trek and Batman films have done for their respective properties: It makes the prospect of further movies something to eagerly anticipate. I was not a hater of Tim Burton’s 2001 Planet of the Apes. I thought he did a great job with the practical makeup, and the story was OK. In retrospect, the film lacked pop, but it entertained, for the most part. The new Apes does away with the traditional makeup effects and utilizes motion-capture effects to turn Andy Serkis into Caesar, a chimpanzee who will eventually rise up and cause major problems for the human race. James Franco plays a doctor trying to cure Alzheimer’s disease who is testing an experimental drug on chimps. His drug not only repairs brains, but also makes them smarter … and it also makes chimps more human. The action is good, especially the finale featuring the Golden Gate Bridge. This is one the summer’s better offerings.


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Official Site: www.apeswillrise.com
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Producer: Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Thomas M. Hammel
Cast: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Andy Serkis, Tyler Labine, Jamie Harris, David Hewlett, Ty Olsson, Madison Bell and Makena Joy

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Style Weekly Going Ape "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" shows flashes of intelligence beneath its computer-generated sheen. by Wayne Melton 08/16/2011
East Bay Express Rise of the Planet of the Apes The ape that could say no. by Kelly Vance 08/03/2011
NUVO Ed reviews 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Despite what its clunky title may have you believe, this is a simple story smartly told - and the best film of this summer's blockbusters. by Ed Johnson-Ott 08/05/2011
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The Coast Halifax Rise of the Planet of the Apes entertains CGI issues but lots of simian fun and an action-packed conclusion by Carsten Knox 08/04/2011
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