“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is a science fiction film starring James Franco as a scientist who helped develop “Caesar”. The ape is played by Andy Serkis who is known for his portrayal as “Gollum” in “Lord of the Rings”. The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt.
For the past few years, Hollywood has been working with various remakes and sequels with often disappointing results. Fortunately, Rise of the Planet of the Apes comes in as an exception. It’s a well made film that doesn’t try to be preachy. It’s simply a sci-fi film that tries to tell a story and does it in a remarkable fashion.
The acting in the film will not draw any attention from the people who run the Oscars but it’s good enough to keep you entertained. Starring James Franco with the aid of other supporting actors (Frieda Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox and Tom Felton), the movie simply looks great and the cast works well together.
But what really made the movie a lot more interesting is Andy Serkis’ Caesar. While there are movies that take advantage of technology only to bend reality, the motion capture was used in the film to create a very telling story about human-animal interaction and development.
The movie doesn’t have any relations to the old franchise but the remake is done so well that it doesn’t really matter. It is a brand new story that tells a different origin on how the apes eventually ruled the planet.
A grreat piece of cinema history. The film is unlike any other!