Rise of the Planet of the Apes

On the verge of an incredible breakthrough, Will Rodman realizes his new drug being tested for alzheimers has produced a chimpanzee which displays near human levels of intelligence. While preparing to present his case to a group of investors, the chimpanzee begins to display aggressive behavior. Soon, the chimp uses its new found intelligence to break free of its confinement and reek havoc on the lab, ultimately disrupting the investors meeting when the security force at the lab has to shoot her before she harms someone. William, facing possible termination over the results, learns the chimp was actually pregnant and decides to take the baby home with him, along with a stash of the drug he still believes works. The baby chimp is named Caesar, and as it turns out, the drug not only works, it is genetically transferable to the offspring.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a modern day retelling of the story of how intelligent apes rise up and eventually become the dominant intelligent species on Earth. Fans of the original Apes series of movies from the 1960s and 1970s will remember that this scenario did not play out in quite the same way, with Caesar and the rise of intelligent apes not taking place until the 4th movie in the series. That said, this movie is true to all of the established timelines we know of, including not being incompatible with the results of the 2001 remake of the 1960s original.

The plot line in this movie is far more believable than any of the previous versions of the Apes series. Mainly because this time around it doesn't involve time travel, which always tends to be abused by the Hollywood types. They've also given homage to the original series with a few well placed cameo lines, and even one brief spot where you can see one of the characters watching the original Apes movie on TV. A classic touch.

Effects used to bring the various apes to life are extremely realistic, and I have no doubt that at least half of them were CGIs of some sort. You seriously could not tell which was which just by watching. They also took great pains not to make the progression of Caesar's development too unrealistic as the movie takes place over the course of several years rather than compressed into the span of a few short months. For those who have always wondered why the human race is in such a pickle in the future timelines, have no fear. Stay for the end credits and it will become quite clear to you.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is well worth your time and money, and will put a nice endcap on the 2011 summer blockbusters. Time to settle in for the long drought of terrible movies between now and some time next spring.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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