Saturday, August 6, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Director: Rupert Wyatt. Cast: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox. 105 min. Rated PG-13. Sci-Fi/Thriller.

We finally learn how apes got smarter than humans, and Charlton Heston got into that whole mess so many years ago. Franco develops a serum to improve cognitive functions in Alzheimer's, but tests it on primates, and sees their IQs going sky-high. If he'd watched any man-playing-God movie (Terminator, Jurassic Park, Deep Blue Sea), he'd known this'll end in no good. But he's in such denial (Spoiler Alert!), he ultimately seems to believe the apes deserve to run the planet. Wild camerawork, mind-blowing ape SFX, and a well-synchronized soundtrack, make this incredibly entertaining - but don't expect any engrossing afterthoughts.

PS: Or maybe I just don't like James Franco.

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