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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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Rupert Wyatt

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About the Movie

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is a revolution; an action-packed epic featuring stunning visual effects and creatures unlike anything ever seen before. At the story's heart is Caesar (Andy Serkis), a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Raised like a child by the drug's creator (James Franco), Caesar ultimately finds himself taken from the humans he loves and imprisoned. Seeking justice, Caesar assembles a simian army and escapes -- putting man and primate on a collision course that could change the planet forever.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 260
  • Fresh: 211
  • Rotten: 49
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – David Denby, New Yorker, Aug 30, 2011

Fresh: 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. – Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Aug 22, 2011

Rotten: Caesar [the main ape] is the reason to see this daft, breathless picture. – David Thomson, The New Republic, Jul 17, 2017

Fresh: 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. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Aug 5, 2011

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Customer Reviews

A great prequel films

Rise of the planet of the apes was a very great movies. Very good visual effects, good story, great ending and a great reboot.


"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" may have an unnecessarily long title, but boy does it pack a real wallop! This is definitely the movie that saved one of the longest franchises in cinematic history. Some might argue that it's a prequel to the entire saga, but it's actually a reboot that's intended to act as a foundation with its own origin story to a new film series. The movie follows Caesar, a genetically engineered chimpanzee with the intelligence level of a human. He's taken in by a pharmaceutical scientist (James Franco) and develops quickly over just a few short years. Eventually, Caesar outgrows his suburban surroundings and is forcibly sent to live in a primate sanctuary. While there, he soon grows weary of his existence as a cruelly treated animal in a cage and persuades his fellow "inmates" to stand up to their human counterparts and revolt. What results is an epic, intense battle on which rests the upended destinies of man and ape. There are so many incredibly amazing things to say about this movie, I don't even know where to begin. Perhaps I should start with the characters. James Franco does a fantastic job as the lead human character, Will Rodman. His performance is not only convincing, but also quite heartbreaking, especially when we see the poignant relationship he shares with his Alzheimer's-stricken father and the struggle he faces to find a cure for him. Frieda Pinto is also very credible as Caroline Aranha, a primatologist and Will's love interest. I should also commend Tom Felton for giving his all in his first major role outside of the "Harry Potter" film series. But hands down, the best performance in the entire movie was, surprisingly, that of the main character, Caesar (Andy Serkis). Although he hardly ever speaks a word, his body language and emotional expressions are so dramatic and realistic, you could easily mistake him for being an actual creature. Serkis (who also played Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings") definitely deserves an Oscar nomination for his career-defining role. It's about time that the Academy recognizes motion capture filmmaking as a true art form to be taken seriously. All in all, not only was the acting phenomenal, but the script was sharply written, the score was absolutely stunning, and the visual effects were just a treat to look and marvel at in astonishment. Never was there a film this summer (or this year) that captivated my interest and opened my mind like "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" did. Next to "Harry Potter 8" and "X-Men: First Class", it's the best blockbuster of 2011, period. So if you're a huge "Apes" fan or if you just wanna watch an intensely breathtaking movie that's as emotional as it is thrilling, don't even hesitate to click the buy button. It's worth every penny!

Great prequel

This was a really good prequel to Planet of the Apes. Its has great refrences and quotes in the movie to. The cast is really good to.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2011

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  1. Planet of the Apes Trilogy, 20th Century Fox Film