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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

8/10
Thriller . Drama . Action . Science Fiction . Sci-Fi
 

Scientist Will Rodman is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer's, the disease which has slowly consumed his father Charles. Will feels certain he is close to a breakthrough and tests his latest serum on apes, noticing dramatic increases in intelligence and brain activity in the primate subjects... Especially Caesar, his pet chimpanzee.

 
Actors: Terry Notary , Tom Felton , Brian Cox , David Oyelowo , David Hewlett , Tyler Labine , John Lithgow , James Franco , Freida Pinto , Karin Konoval , Andy Serkis , Richard Ridings
Directors: Rupert Wyatt
Country: USA
Release: 2011-08-05
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  • Richard Corliss

    As both a simian simile and a wonder of technology, Rise of the Planet of the Apes deserves to be in the company of the great original "Kong." This year's sixth "origins" story of a fantasy franchise (after The Green Hornet, Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern and Captain America: The First Avenger) is also the year's finest action movie.

    Time Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    This summer's best popcorn flick.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Smart, fun and thoroughly enjoyable, it's a model summer diversion that entertains without insulting your intelligence.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Judged, though, as the action extravaganza it means to be, Rise of the Planet of the Apes wins high marks for originality, and takes top honors for spectacle.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Audacious, violent and disquieting, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a summer sequel that's better than it has any right to be.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    It's the rest of the movie, especially a grin-inducing final third, which makes "Apes" rise above the level of a typical sci-fi rehash.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • David Denby

    By far the best spectacle movie of the season, and one of the few films to use digital technology for nuanced dramatic effect.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    A worthy, exciting, emotional addition to the venerable monkey movie marathon. Apes will rise. Sequels are likely.

    Empire Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    As tight as the parallel homo sapiens storylines are lax, Caesar's prison conversion to charismatic pan-ape revolutionist is near-silent filmmaking, with simple and precise images illustrating Caesar's General-like divining of personalities and his organization of a group from chaos to order. All of this is shown in absorbing, propulsive style, as Caesar broodingly bides his time like a king in disguise awaiting restoration.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Whereas the original was a work of speculative science fiction - a chin-stroking fable about evolution in the nuclear age - this revisiting of the Planet of the Apes myth is an animal-rights manifesto disguised as a prison-break movie.

    Slate Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Strong action, special effects and by far the most credible ape "performances" yet seen will spell box office to inspire chest-thumping in all markets.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    It's faint praise to say that this is the best of the "Planet of the Apes" movies, because the evolution of special effects and makeup was predictable. But the unexpected strength of the film is its heart.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    The running time is efficient, the direction is clean, the story is simple but resonant, the effects are understated yet impressive, and the near-wordless star of the show puts on an acting clinic. Damned if the risen one doesn't lift us out of our seats.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The cautionary tale feels surprisingly fresh and entertaining, given that this is the fifth "Planet of the Apes" film since the 1968 original.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The movie rises and, at times, even soars. This is all - and I do mean all - thanks to what human actors in league with computer technology can now achieve to bring the apes to life. No more guys squeezed into monkey suits and talking in posh accents. Performance-capture makes all the difference.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    A shamelessly fun B-movie with A-movie effects.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Rise is very consciously a drama about a Simian Spring, and it's close enough in its details to a recent documentary to be thought of as "Project Nim: The Revenge."

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    While it's effects-heavy, the movie itself does not feel heavy. Consider it a fanciful extension of the recent and very fine documentary "Project Nim."

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Wyatt brings a light touch to the potentially grim material - too light when it drops in some groan-inducing references to the original film - but he keeps the action compelling whether focusing on apes as they run amok or as they quietly contemplate their next move.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie has its pleasures, although human intelligence is not one of them. Caesar, to begin with, is a wonderfully executed character, a product of special effects and a motion-capture performance by Andy Serkis, who earlier gave us Gollum in "Lord of the Rings."

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    It's good, canny-dumb fun.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd Gilchrist

    Compared to this summer's grab bag of superheros vying for a franchise, the apes rise (pardon the pun) to the challenge of making us care.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    I kind of enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes despite its evident silliness and the fact that nobody's likely to remember it three weeks from now.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Thanks to stunning advances in performance capture technology, director Rupert Wyatt successfully ditches the cumbersome makeup appliances of past chapters, building the story around a cast of photoreal CG simians convincing enough to identify with as characters, rather than just special effects.

    Variety Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Once you see that ape, named Caesar, riding a galloping horse in triumph, it's awfully hard not to get sucked in. It's not dumb fun, exactly. It's smart dumb fun.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The movie is zippier than Tim Burton's oddly lifeless 2001 "Planet of the Apes" remake, but unlike good sci-fi, it doesn't signify anything, or really even try to.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The central problem with Rise of the Planet of the Apes is that it feels more like a piece of something larger than a complete motion picture.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    To showcase the special effects, the filmmakers reportedly trimmed many of the dialogue-based scenes, thereby dulling the dramatic impact of a strong genre premise.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The middle section of the story is where Rise truly takes off, perhaps in ways that will have viewers forgiving the rest.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Evincing more visible intelligence than any of his human co-stars aside from Lithgow, Caesar is disquietingly lifelike.

    NPR Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Feels like half of a good movie, much of it revealed in admittedly thrilling trailers.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    They probably should have called it "Beneath the Dignity of the Planet of the Apes," but Rise of the Planet of the Apes is tolerable if you'll just keep in mind that the original feature was an overachieving B-movie.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It is not what could be fairly called a bad movie, but neither is it fine enough to be a good one, with its lineup of dull characters and a limp story that functions like a conveyor belt.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Now for the bad news. The filmmakers seem to have spent so much attention and, presumably, money on getting the primates right that they completely forgot about the people.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Like the film that constrains him, a prequel to Planet of the Apes, perhaps James Franco understands his performance as something that will one day evolve into something far greater.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    James Franco looks more bored and distracted in Rise of the Planet of the Apes than he did when he was hosting the Oscars: Watching the movie, I kept waiting for him to pull out his iPhone, aim it at the camera and take a snapshot while mugging sheepishly. Has there ever been a film with a less engaged protagonist?

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Too earnest and dour to be a silly bit of summer fun, but it's not exactly scientifically sound, either.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    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.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Hell, even Heston's performance elicited cheers back in the day. Franco, in a totally, tonally different role, but still the prime human here, is a pale shadow of the ruined future to come.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
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