Thursday, August 4, 2011

The New Origin Of Talking Apes


1. Title : Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
2. Release date : 5 August 2011 (United States), 4 August 2011 (Malaysia)
3. Director : Rupert Wyatt
4. Starring :
James Franco
Freida Pinto
Andy Serkis
Tom Felton
5. Language : English
6. Genre : Sci-fi
7. Official website : Planet Apes

Well, first of all I would like to say that I know that the 'Planet Of The Apes' franchise has been internationally known for years. However, I have never really followed its series and movies. But worry not, because fortunately, despite my lack of exposure to this science fiction epic, in a way this is going to be an advantage for me to produce an honest, unbiased point of view, right here.

Let me start with a soft reminder. 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' is not a prequel. It is a reboot whereas the details from the franchise are maintained, but all the stories and events that occurred in the previous series and movies have been discarded in order for us (the fans and audience) to witness a whole new series of ape-related events; in a form of an original story. In short, this is a new beginning.

James Franco plays the role of Will Rodman, a scientist who works so hard to produce a cure for Alzheimer's Disease. He has been performing a lot of tests on apes and finally, he gets one promising result. Caesar (Andy Serkis), a baby chimpanzee whose mother was a vital test subject, turns out to have inherited the 'effect' of the 'cure' from his mother, and immediately shows an extraordinary level of intelligence. Knowing the possibilities of this amazing occurrence, Will develops a higher level of 'cure' which eventually proves to be too powerful for humans to handle.

Honestly, I love how the story developed. Though at some points the movie made me feel like I was watching a love drama between a pet and its owner, it maintained the original theme. The trajectory of its idea was a little slow, yet it took a sufficient and significant amount of steps in order to bring all the pieces together; resulting a great piece of story. And if you want to talk about the visual... well, impressive. Even though I still prefer the third 'Transformers' movie visually, 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' is not far behind. There were certain moments when I was confused and wondering whether the physical and emotions produced by the apes, Caesar mostly, were done by real animals or by the hands of creative animators. The look-alive portrayal of these said creatures made the movie 'livelier' than expected.

But my favourite part would be 'the bond'. I was fed with the idea that the love between Will and Caesar would not last, and I was not entirely right. Then I thought that betrayal would somehow take place somewhere in it, but it did not. I was wrong. I assumed that like most movies with a 'journey' theme, the story would focus on the changes that occurred deep within Will and Caesar, and I was wrong again. It was not about changes. It was about adaptation and immediate circumstances. The cause-and-effect factor. Spend your time watching this, and you will realize that despite being challenged by the world and the realm of nature, Will and Caesar first stepped on their chosen paths with 100% unknown possibilities, and yet they would remain the same characters you once or would have loved. The bond that was established between the two of them and the audience made this movie unpredictable, despite heading towards an obvious direction. You will not hate it.

Rating: 7/10

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