The film is set in present time with James Franco’s Will Rodman trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s by testing new drugs on chimps. After an accident in a laboratory, Rodman helps a baby chimp (Caesar) by raising it as his own, but it soon becomes apparent that he is no ordinary animal.
After an incident involving Rodman’s father (John Lithgow), Caesar is sent to an ape sanctuary where he gains the alliance of the apes and a revolution is set in motion.
After a poor reimaging of the series in 2001, Rise of the Planet of the Apes has a lot of heart and emotion. There are some very subtle links towards the future events in the series and one of the most well known and loved pieces of dialogue in cinema history makes a memorable appearance to keep any die hard fan happy.
…a high caliber of acting…
With groundbreaking CGI and a high caliber of acting (both human and non-human), the Apes certainly have risen and brought new life back into the flagging sci-fi series.
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