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Except Rise of the Planet of The Apes is really good. It's easily the best Apes movie ever made, and that includes the original. Rise is sharper, tighter, more emotional...lacking a Statue of Liberty finale, okay, but nonetheless with a "better" story in a sense.We're talking about a gripping, compassionate, well-plotted sci-fi fantasy popcorn film -- riveting, amusing at times, state-of-the-art CG, movingly acted by performance-capture guy Andy Serkis, etc. No, I'm not exaggerating. It has excitement, intrigue, humanity, empathy, soul. And the story is primarily an ape POV thing -- the human actors are strictly backup, speaking the same kind of rote expository dialogue that James Arness, Joan Weldon and Edmund Gwenn spoke in Them!.And this dude usually hates summer popcorn movies.And don't listen to guys like Lewis Beale, who earlier this evening called Rise a "fun, not-intellectually-taxing summer entertainment." C'mon...it's much better than that. It's a compassionate look at imprisonment and oppression, and a rousing saga of rebellion and revolution. And it all levitates courtesy of some of the best motion-capture CG I've ever seen.
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So, an overall successful film, with some great character work brought to the Apes, some mostly brilliant effects to bring them to life and a really great finale that makes you root for the apes and the downfall of the bastard humans. In fact, this would make the best follow-up on a double bill with Project Nim ever. By the end of Project Nim you’re ready to eradicate human beings as a species in favor of the primates of the world. Rise of the Planet of the Apes works as escapism and good storytelling. It's a tentpole with something on its mind other than just fan service.
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For the record, this reviewer panned Inception and liked Jonah Hex.I could describe Rise of the Planet of the Apes as Escape from Alcatraz, except with apes, but that would make it sound like a movie you might actually want to see.
Do not have 1 erg of desire to see this. I'll be at The Change-Up this weekend.
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I am starting to have high hopes for this chapter in Simian culture.
I will see this next week, I don't really go to the movies/theater on
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Great, I am gonna bawl during a cgi ape flick...However, whatever may be lacking in the character development department, Wyatt makes up for with some spectacular action sequences as well as some pretty emotional moments among Will, Charles and Caesar because for as much as the story is about the destructive results of humans playing with the natural order of things, at the end of the day Rise of the Planet of the Apes is also a story about the relationships between fathers and sons and what it means to have to let go once they're no longer part of your world. So while there is plenty of action in Rise, you may just need to have a Kleenex or two on you just in case because things do get emotional from time to time.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the antidote to the bloated summer blockbusters that have been taking over our multiplexes these last several months. The film was definitely made with Planet of the Apes fans in mind, but there is still a lot to be enjoyed for the uninitiated audiences out there. Rise is a masterfully crafted sci-fi/horror adventure that has the power to draw you in with both a breathtaking action story as well as the heartfelt characters at the core, making it one of the strongest and most intelligent popcorn flicks of the year.
It's gonna suck.
It was okay. There were some cool references to the original. The tone of this movie is unlike any ape movie before it. It's not a remake of Conquest because Conquest was the sequel to Escape but it obviously parallels the concept behind Conquest.
FYI...don't leave the theater when the credits begin. You'll miss the real end of the movie.