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Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Review

clip_image002Rise of the Planet of the Apes (12A)

Reviewed by Rachel Geeson

Score: 5/5

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is among one of my favourite summer movies. Along with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Captain America, this reboot of the “Planet of the Apes” franchise by director, Rupert Wyatt is on the way to winning a long list of awards.

When I went to see the Rise of the Planet of Apes, the 6:10pm showing was sold out, with the seats in the screen fully packed on the second day of the film’s release at Dorchester Plaza Cinema. The film lived up to high expectations with the talented cast of James Franco, star of the 2010 Critics Choice Award winning film, “127 hours” (directed by Danny Boyle who also directed “Slumdog Millionaire”), the film Frieda Pinto (Caroline Aranha) starred in playing Latika. Also Brian Cox stars, who plays John Landon in the film and is known for playing Agamemnon in “Troy”, and finally the talented young actor, Tom Felton who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, plays Dodge, Landon’s son in the movie.

clip_image004The film begins in a gigantic rainforest with wild chimpanzees on the run from being caught by humans capturing them for scientific experiments. It sets the story up for the next scene where Will Rodman (James Franco) is a San Francisco scientist that has being trying to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s disease for the past 5 years.

The first of the emotional scenes comes at the beginning of the film when Will is having a board meeting with some important investors; and it ends in disturbing circumstances. However it leads to the discovery of a young chimpanzee baby, called Caesar. Will decides to take him home raise him, and the little chimp quickly becomes intelligent.

The moment when you see Caesar come out of a small box, makes you feel all warm inside as the chimpanzee is incredibly cute and looks so vulnerable. Another sad scene is when the audience find out that all the hard research that Will is doing is also for personal reasons as his father suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. It makes the seriousness of Will’s work even more important.

clip_image006In the middle of the film there is a confrontation between Dodge and Caesar. I am not going to spoil what happens in that scene but that moment made the audience catch their breath in utter shock and also laugh at the same time. There are other shocks in the film especially towards the end on the Golden Gate Bridge where there is a battle between the apes and the police force, where they are really organised in a scary way, which surprises the humans.

The film had impressive special effects, with a number of outstanding scenes. I would definitely recommend this film, the star studded cast made the film an enjoyable film.

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