Planet Of The Apes
August 3, 2011 by Post Team
Ten years after the disappointing remake of director Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes” crash-landed in theaters – and 38 years after the classic series of five films failed to “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” – a group of filmmakers finally found a way to restart the concept with a fresh approach, intelligent and provocative is totally exciting and entertaining greatly.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt from a screenplay written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” not only stands out as one of the best action movies of the summer (along with “X-Men: First Class “), but also reinvented the franchise with a bold new chapter exciting, intense and fun that makes the right ideals explored in the brilliant 1968 original film for the spectacular job on their own terms.
Oscar nominee James Franco (“127 Hours”) plays will Rodman, a genetic scientist in San Francisco is committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, which his father (John Lithgow) is affected. It makes a major breakthrough with a revolutionary new medicine and rebuilds the damaged brain tissue, but before he can test a person must first prove in a test subject: a chimpanzee named Bright Eyes.
The results are instant, but side effects are disastrous, and the program ends – but not before Bright Eyes can give birth to a baby chimpanzee that the names of Caesar. In the following years, Caesar developed an incredible level of intelligence that increases geometrically, and it’s not long before it suffers from its human captors and leads his fellow apes in revolt for supremacy.
When the original film starring Charlton Heston epic was a metaphor for civil rights, racism, nuclear annihilation, the prequel is again more than a simple story with a moral about crossing the boundaries of genetic research. And because it takes place today, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is the most grounded in reality all the movies in the “Apes” series.
But where the monkeys in the classic movies were played by actors wearing prosthetic makeup (designed by John Chambers, who won a special Oscar for its innovative efforts), the monkeys in the prequel of new computer-generated by Weta Digital: New Zealand- based company behind the digital effects “Lord of the Rings” and the remake of 2005′s “King Kong”. In that sense, it’s no surprise that Andy Serkis, who “played” Gollum and Kong in both these films, performed the motion capture process used to represent Caesar. Judging by the results, the special effects process has been an incredible pace forward, since there are only a couple of times Caesar was seen as the product of computer generated imagery.
But what really makes Caesar comes to life Serkis’ performance expressive and totally believable – most of which takes place in scenes with little dialogue or not. In fact, Serkis is an excellent work in what Caesar’s real-life protagonist, ends up being the most friendly and fully character in the whole movie, even through the human roles played by James Franco, Freida Pinto (who plays Caesar primatologist) and John Lithgow.
While “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” effectively sets the stage for a new series of films, the last section that most resembles is the fourth chapter (and the best of the sequels of classics): 1972 “The Conquest of Planet of the Apes. “Both films represent the treatment of apes, so tough, horrible and inhuman end up encouraging them when they finally turn against humans.
Fans of the original film is not any scenes that match the impact of powerful and unforgettable experience of seeing a defeated Charlton Heston on his knees before a statue of Liberty half buried, but “Rise” is still a fast-paced and exciting 105-minute film that culminates in a dramatic confrontation on the Golden Gate Bridge. The fans have always been fun to realize the many references to the original films – some of which are subtle, while others are much more obvious – but more importantly, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is a film excellent not only be of interest to viewers of all ages, but leave them wanting more.
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