Reviews and Problems with Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes
17 October 2013
Excerpt: Going against conventional wisdom, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is quite good thanks to a strong script, great direction, and a memorable performance by Andy Serkis and Weta's CG artists. It's the prequel-reboot you never realized you wanted and it ends up being one of the better summer movies.
Summary: Fox redeems itself for the lackluster Burton ‘reimagining’ of Planet Of The Apes with this prequel, a film both stylish and smart and never lacking for entertainment value. Some strong acting compliments the effects and the storytelling and the presentation of the Blu-ray itself is pretty much perfect. All in all, a great release for a film wholly deserving of it.
Excerpt: When I first saw the ads for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” I had to think if it was the “new” series or if somehow Fox was making yet another installment in the original series. This wasn’t the smartest assessment as the original “…Apes” films are nearly forty years old now. Then again, it’s been a decade since the re-make of the original starring Mark Wahlberg so I think some minor confusion was to be expected (or at least that’s what I keep telling myself).
Summary: The real meat of the movie is Caeser’s facial expressions. Whether it’s a slow blink as he’s turning his attention to someone or his eye’s quickly going from confusion to anger to confidence, you feel what he feels.
Excerpt: It's been a long time since Charlton Heston first strutted around a land full of apes wearing nothing but a loin cloth. The beloved sci-fi franchise, which spawned four sequels, a cartoon, and a television series, was considered by many to be lost in time after an awful attempt at a remake by Tim Burton.
Summary: When I was young I used to love to eat oranges, but it wasn’t only the taste or the benefits of some good old fashioned vitamin C I was necessarily after. I would cut the fruit in half and then carefully peel the rind, attempting to keep the halves in one piece. I’d cut one of those pieces in half again. I would then place them around my mouth and there you’d have it… instant Apes makeup.
Conclusion: Defying expectations, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is one of 2011's best films. Without being the most distinctive or ambitious production, this is unconventional and inventive enough to stand out and stir as few big summer movies ever have. With a great feature presentation and a good supply of extras, Fox's combo pack will delight those with Blu-ray capabilities, but forward-thinking DVD viewers will be bummed to find the DVD pales in comparison to the one sold...
Conclusion: Really? What’s not to like/love here? With a 5-point movie (on my scale…the only one that matters in this review because it’s mine), luscious video, engaging audio and a Special Features department that will keep fans busy for several hours (with the commentary tracks), I ask you again. What’s not to like/love here? You shouldn’t even be reading this anymore.
Excerpt: The Movie Motivated young scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) has developed an experimental drug that enables the brain to repair itself through the creation of new cells, potentially a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and more. But when a promising new strain appears to have unexpected side effects in the chimpanzee test subject, the program is scrapped and he reluctantly adopts the one remaining chimpanzee, a healthy baby born with the drug in his system.