Rise of the Planet of the Apes(2011)  
105 min  -  Action | Drama | Sci-Fi   - 
 5 August 2011 (USA)

During experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee uses its greater intelligence to lead other apes to freedom.

Director: Rupert Wyatt
Writers: Rick JaffaAmanda Silverand 1 more credit »
Stars: James FrancoAndy Serkis and Freida Pinto

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a revolution film through and through. The story takes the premise of the original "Planet of the Apes" franchise but adds a new modern medicinal background to it. A new drug created to treat many ailments such as Alzheimer's is tested on apes and chimpanzees. this testing drastically increases their brain power and cognitive thought patterns and Caesar, the lead chimp and main protagonist, leads a revolution against Humans.

The film is wonderful, stunning CGI and graphics, and the plot rips and tears at the heart. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a depressing movie if you are an animal activist and you have compassion for other species, especially a species that is so closely matched to our own DNA. Andy Serkis is phenomenal as the motion-capture talent and the movie exceeds that of others to get you into the story, hold your attention, and make you feel something when the credits start rolling.

Almost everything in this motion picture is great; the sound, the graphics, the scenery, the CGI, the story, the emotion, all except for the acting. Andy Serkis does a better job of acting through CGI and motion capture with his body language and sounds than James Franco all together. I can't understand why James Franco can cry over Mary Jane Watson choosing Peter Parker but cant shed a tear for Caesar or his father. I'm not saying the pain and sorrow of his character has to cry or weep, but his character seemed hollow and unresponsive like a shell-shock victim.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a fantastic film that shows the realness of the Ape species, the abuse of Mankind, and the respect we should show other creatures. I give Rise of the Planet of the Apes 4/5.

+ CGI and Motion Capture is Top-Notch
+ Animal Revolutionary Tales are awesome
! Silverbacks and Orangutans are Awesome !
- James Franco's lack of emotion
- Humans are cruel
* I warn those who love animals to tread lightly while thinking about watching this movie. If you change the channel when a commercial for an animal shelter comes on t.v., or you can't bare to watch an animal in pain this may not be your type of movie.