1 hour, 50 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for intense and frightening sequences of action and violence
Added DVD Features: Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; The Genius of Andy Serkis; Mythology of the Apes; Theatrical trailers.
James Franco ...
Freida Pinto ...
John Lithgow ...
Brian Cox ...
Tom Felton ...
David Oyelowo ...
Tyler Labine ...
Jamie Harris ...
Will Rodman (James Franco), a brilliant young scientist,
invents a formula that could cure Alzheimer’s, but after a botched experiment on a Chimpanzee, his project is shut down, but not before discovering that his ape subject had a son who’s showing signs of super-intelligence. Will takes the Chimp, who he names Caesar, home to his Alzheimer’s afflicted father (John Lithgow), and together they raise him as part of the family. When a misunderstanding with a violent neighbor leads to Caesar’s imprisonment in an Ape preserve run by a cruel zookeeper (Brian Cox) and his son (Tom Felton), the seeds are planted for the eventual Ape revolution, which will one day lead to the enslavement of mankind.
The best thing about Rise of the Planet of the Apes directed by Rupert Wyatt ("The Escapist") is its incredible special effects, with most of the Apes looking almost disconcertingly real. Also, the motion capture-work that allows Andy Serkis to play Caesar is revolutionary, and despite being unrecognizable and dialogue-free, one never doubts that Caesar is as much Serkis’ creation as the special effects technicians who have enhanced rather than overpowered his performance.
John Lithgow as Franco’s Alzheimer’s afflicted father, is also very affecting and believable. While he hasn’t got a lot of screen time, in just a few brief scenes he manages to convey the heart-break of a once-brilliant man slowly losing himself to dementia, and the relationship between him and Caesar is the most memorable of the film.