The drugs to cure Alzheimer failed to get support from investors due to its chimpanzee used in experiment named Bright Eyes (Terry Notary) suddenly got aggressive and got killed by guards during the presentation of that said drugs. Turns out its aggressiveness was caused because Bright Eyes was protecting its baby and felt threatened. Driven with guilt, Will Rodman (James Franco), the scientist who led the development of the drugs took the baby chimpanzee to his home and taking care of him. This baby ape who later be named Caesar (Andy Serkis) by Will’s father (John Litglow) inherited the effect of the drugs which made the brain cells regenerate and made the ape significantly more intelligent. Caesar live comfortably with the love from Will’s family, but it all changed when he was taken to Primate Shelter because he attacked a neighbor. Taken from his home, Caesar saw how most of his fellow apes were treated by humans.
I intend to watch Rise of The Planet of The Apes so I could pass time and able to watch the sequel, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, but turns out I watched one of the best movie I have ever watched instead. I have watched quite a lot of movies, but I think this is the first time I have ever been attached this strongly to a plot a movie has. Rise of the Planet of the Apes offered me many feelings from the beginning through the end of the movie, this movie made me sad, happy, awed, thrilled, and often, guilty. It was one hell of emotional roller coaster ride and I enjoy it so much.
awesome video about how they turned human into apes in Rise of the Planet of the Apes
What’s actually made this movie so great? The most important thing here is the plot and how they build the character. Caesar, the main character in the movie was a friendly ape in the beginning of the movie and turned into the most badass revolution leader for apes. The proccess where Caesar changed was shown really well, from how he was struggling when he was taken from his home, his interaction with fellow apes to his moment where he decided to fight for his people, or in this case, apes. Andy Serkis, the one who played Caesar with the help of motion capture suit, succesfully made the ape moves and expressed itself as intended naturally without making that superficial. It’s thanks to his great job to portray shades of Caesar’s feelings (and of course awesome people in char that I was able to symphatize to what Caesar feels and invested so much to the story.
The action was far from bad as well, in fact it was so great. There are many breathtaking action scenes throughout the movie, especially near the end where the movie reached its climax. It’s really fun seeing chimpanzes, gorillas, and baboons rampaging through the city. The battle also done pretty realistic in my opinion, not really making human such a fool to be outsmarted so easily by apes but still got us awed by the strategy made by Caesar and his fellow apes.
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the kind of movie I’d greatly recommend to any people. It was enjoyable from the beginning to the end, and who knows? It might change your perspective on how human treats other species like me. Like all you might have known, the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been out on cinema at the moment, and hell yeah I’m going to watch that real soon!