As the American summer movie season starts to fade, we get “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, a first-rate sci-fi thriller with a cleverly executed script and amazing 3D CGI effects that will blow your mind starring James Franco and Freida Pinto.
This legacy started with the first sci-fi thriller of its sort, “Planet of the Apes” which starred the famous Charlton Heston. It was a box office hit from the moment it came out and such was its fame that it had to be transformed into four running sequels and a Hit TV series of its time. In 2001, Tim Burton did an epic re-make of the film.
The original story of this epic man-ape battle was written by Pierre Boulle which he originally set in the future about how our little world will be turned over by lesser beings. Now in 2011, , Director Rupert Wyatt and Screenwriter Rick Jaffa have decided to grace this ever-thrilling script with a touch of modernism of the 21st century in their prequel. The story is set in present-day San Francisco where a big-time pharmaceutical company hires a famous scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) to research for the cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
Under pressure from his boss, Jacobs (David Oyelowa), Rodman finds out that in the short time left he has to either find the cure or the research will be halted. Apes are generally closer to human beings in physicality and nature thus this research is being done on apes who might be close to us but are not ”really” human.
Even under pressure scientist Rodman knows he is on the right path with his research and that he will find the cure soon and thus he puts his research into break neck speed resulting in damages that are even bigger than the Alzheimer’s.
To save his research, he starts giving larger doses of drugs to his experimental ape named Caesar (Andy Serkis) deliberately which gives Caesar a higher mental and thinking level like that of a human and he becomes a leader of a community of apes. But more than just a harmless pack of apes, under Ceaser’s leadership they turn against thes
Rodman is striving for a cure, the apes are striving for freedom, and the events that follow unfold a breathless action drama that starts covering the whole of the city. As Ceaser calls upon all apes, a call for freedom, its up to Rodman with his female lead star Freida Pinto to save the world from this terrifying evolution.
It goes without saying that the CGI effects are astonishing and dramatic, but even more interesting are the make-up and camera techniques used to create the images of Caesar and the other apes.
The technical aspects of the film are spot on and it moves at a fast but firm pace. The battle scenes are hair raising. But they also raise important questions about animal testing in real world. This attention to detail is what keeps this movie grabbing. The movie is loaded with energy and fascinating questions that can make you think about our own humanity as you come out from the cinema.
Check out the Official Video Trailer of “Rise of the planet of the apes” below…