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A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other -- and to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Ava... read more read more...tar and Lord of the Rings is breaking new ground, creating a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate. -- (C) Official Site

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DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011

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  • February 23, 2014
    I didn't realize until I read other reviews that the apes were not real. The story is interesting, the special effects amazing.
  • October 1, 2013
    Caesar the chimpanzee is the genetically altered product of medical research and when he becomes the victim of the mistreatment afforded to all research animals he uses his superior intelligence to escape captivity. Well it seems that finally, after 43 years, the classic Planet O... read moref The Apes has a worthy sequel! The latest instalment of the simian franchise takes the basic principle of the well meaning but weakly executed Conquest and combines it with elements of Greystoke to create an interesting animal orientated character study of a creature that's neither man nor ape. Once again Andy Sirkis proves his incredible skill in breathing life into animated creations and although the cast of homo sapiens acquit themselves admirably, they all take a back seat to man's best computer generated friend. It's also very nice to see a film in which the special effects actually facilitate the story instead of replacing it and as a result, Rise is one of the most intelligent and best sci-fis of recent years. I hope that this is a sign of things to come. Well, not the apes taking over the world bit, obviously...
  • April 25, 2013
    Just not a fan of watching the world coming to an end. Also, I was always cheering for the humans.
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    March 22, 2013
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    A solid action film, but mostly unmemorable.
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    January 21, 2013
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    January 4, 2013
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    Rupert Wyatt directs a mesmerizing prequel to the acclaimed franchise. The groundbreaking special effects and Andy Serkis' portrayal of the evolving 'Caesar' mixes and provides a grand spectacle that has revived this series. 4/5
  • October 28, 2012
    The best showcase of special effects and motion capture technology since Peter Jackson's Kong, and again it features Andy Serkis (the go-to motion capture actor, and for good reason) as an ape. The best moments in the film- the most touching, dramatic and memorable- are those bet... read moreween apes, unavoidably brushing the human relationships to one side, leaving them a little wan and wanting. That said, they provide a very solid framework for the story, which is both memorable and suitably epic.
  • September 2, 2012
    I really wanted to enjoy this "prequel" to the 1968 Charlton Hesston film, as that original film, seen when I was 12, made a huge impression on me; but try as I might, and in spite of some nice moments during the first half of the film, this one left me shaking my head over what ... read morecould have been.

    There is a certain shorthand to filmmaking; a way in which a certain character is portrayed so that you know instantly, without much dialog, who that person is and how he plays into the script. The secret to a good film is masking this shorthand so that, while we understand what we need to know we aren't hit over the head with the signs and portents. Sadly, the shorthand is all too obvious here - from the money grabbing company exec to the "bad example of humanity" dude who mistreats the apes in his charge. We've seen it all before and yes it gets the point across, but you get the feeling that the writers were taking that easy shortcut. Same thing with the female/love interest - a totally superfluous part that only adds irritation - boy meets girl, boy of course has relationship with girl - all film shorthand.

    But then there's the real story - that of an experiment that goes sideways, leading to apes with increased intelligence. I'm not going to reveal all that goes on, but I will say that this part of the film is true and realistic, and the CGI, especially where it involves Gollum is well done, it's just unfortunate that the film spins off the rails in the last 3rd, becoming the huge spectacle that I'm sure the studio bosses asked for. Too bad, for there was a nice little morality tale before all the violence and confrontation, and frankly, a quite silly ending where the hero (a luke warm Franco) follows the apes to Muir Woods (ok kiddies, I grew up in SF, and hey, it's like a 30 minute drive from GG Bridge to Muir Woods), just so there can be this odd moment that sets up a really bad bit of CGI (not that there wasn't bad CGI from the point that the film switched gears and went all battlemania on us).

    It was a nice touch that the action took place in and around SF, but there were quite a few liberties taken as well as a huge gaff in the continuity department. The young ape, Caesar, has a birthmark on his left shoulder - for the last half of the film that birthmark is on his right shoulder - oopsy.

    I did enjoy the dovetailing reverences to the original film (including calling one ape "bright eyes"), however the film never resolves the issue presented in the first film, where all the buildings are gone except for the statue of liberty, which is now across dry land instead of in the middle of the New York waterway - so, while explaining much of what "could have happened", they chose to ignore this one, as there was no way to make the post apocryphal message of the first film fit into this genetic engineering gone bad premise.
  • May 28, 2012
    Intelligent as good science-fiction films go, but leaves nothing that hasn't been seen, nothing new here.
  • April 27, 2012
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    The latest installment in the long running apes series is really something, it turned out to be a film much more groundbreaking and triumphant than I first expected and is the most decent entry to the fr... read moreanchise in a very long time.
    The performance of Andy Serkis as lead ape Caesar, who also performed for King Kong is quite breathtaking and deserving of a best actor nomination. It's highly remarkable how the film expresses each of the apes feelings, giving them unique traits and personalities that then enhances them as solid and interesting characters despite having no capability to speak. It's very much admirable and even more so that the gripping and incredibly filmed action sequences just look like a brilliant bonus. This is a character drama as much as a sci-fi film, except without the cute, witty quirkiness of the original Planet of the Apes. However, Rise taking itself seriously isn't a bad thing, it worked just as well and is just as entertaining as the original and undoubtedly one of the best reimagining's ever made as far as reboots are concerned.

Critic Reviews


David Thomson
June 24, 2013
David Thomson, The New Republic

Caesar [the main ape] is the reason to see this daft, breathless picture. Full Review

David Denby
August 30, 2011
David Denby, New Yorker

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is spectacle with a kick: the transcendence of the normal in creatures so like ourselves is both an entertainment and a needling rebuke to human vanity. Full Review

Bruce Diones
August 22, 2011
Bruce Diones, New Yorker

The action scenes (particularly a battle between humans and apes on the Golden Gate Bridge) are inventively spectacular, and the story at the movie's core is evocative and engaging. Full Review

Nigel Floyd
August 17, 2011
Nigel Floyd, Time Out

Distinguishes itself from other ill-conceived reboots in general, and from Tim Burton's disastrous 2001 remake in particular, by looking with fresh, simian eyes at its core conflict between human and ... Full Review

Richard Roeper
August 6, 2011
Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com

A well-crafted B movie with astonishingly effective motion capture CGI technology. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
August 5, 2011
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

Tthe movie has some plot-point missteps. But it seldom puts the brakes on a story that moves toward a furious ape-human rumble, not in a jungle, but atop the Golden Gate Bridge. Full Review

Jeannette Catsoulis
August 5, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR

A creature feature of disappointing stupidity, Rise of the Planet of the Apes replaces the sociopolitical underpinnings of the original film and its sequels with a limp warning about the evils of anim... Full Review

Tom Long
August 5, 2011
Tom Long, Detroit News

Pass the bananas. Full Review

Christopher Orr
August 5, 2011
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

[H]alf good and half bad, and the primary dividing line is by genus. Full Review

Peter Rainer
August 5, 2011
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Since the only really good Planet of the Apes movie was the 1968 original with Charlton Heston, I've always wondered why filmmakers can't just leave well enough alone. Full Review

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    • Dodge Landon: Get your stinking paws off of me, you damn dirty ape!
    • Steven Jacobs: These apes are smarter than you think. We've got to kill their leader.
    • Caesar: [to Will] This is my home.
    • Steven Jacobs: I run a business, not a petting zoo.
    • Will Rodman: You have no idea what you're dealing with!
    • Will Rodman: [to Caesar] Don't ever let them catch you.

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