Movie Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

If there one lesson sci-fi films have taught us, it's that playing God will lead to hellish situations. Rise of the Planet of the Apes reminds us of that lesson.

Starring James Franco, John Lithgow, and Freida Pinto, the film is a reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise and given a contemporary look and feel by director Rupert Wyatt. The story is set in 2011 San Francisco (the original and remake Planet of the Apes were set thousands of years into the future) and follows how a genetic scientist (Franco) developed a genetically modified chimpanzee named Caesar from a house pet to an intelligent being.

In the course of that Frankensteinian relationship, we see emotional highs and lows. And that was the surprising part since I was expecting a more action-dominated film. The action does set in as the film closes, with apes running wild in San Francisco, but the set-up was great. One final note: I honestly wasn't that impressed with the CG by the team that made by Avatar, but over-all the CG was decent.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is proof that some old franchises and lessons can be given a new spin. This is one of the better sci-fi films this year so far.

Rating: 3.5/5 

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