Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Pierre Bull
Cast: Andy Serkis, James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, Tyler Labine, Karin Cornova / Terry Notary / Richard Ridings / Christopher Gordon / Devon Dalton / Jay Caputo / David Oyelowo / Jamie Harris
Genre: Drama / Science Fiction / Action / Humanity
Region: United States
Language: English / American Sign Language
Released: 2011-10-28 (Mainland China) / 2011-08-05 (USA)
Series:  Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Length: 105 minutes
Also known as: Conquest of the Apes: Apes Revolution (Hong Kong) / Rise of the Apes / Rise of the Apes / Ape Star Emerging (translated by Douyou) / Rise of the Apes
Rating: IMDB 7.6 / Rotten Tomatoes 82%
In order to bring his father suffering from Alzheimer’s back to normal life, Will Roman (James Franco) has been working on the development of a genetic drug called “Cure”, and has been working on it in gorillas. Drug trials are underway. While the company has lost confidence, Will continues to complete experiments at home and succeeds with a gorilla named Caesar. With the help of primatologist Caroline (Freida Pinto), Will discovers that Caesar’s intelligence has greatly improved. However, the human society has never been able to accept Caesar with extremely high intelligence, Caesar was sent to the gorilla care. The cruel treatment in the nursing home makes Caesar use his wisdom to fight, and finally saves the other orangutans who are also imprisoned, and uses Cure on them all. Thus began the war between a group of highly intelligent orangutans and humans. The film was nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 84th Academy Awards.
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is a 2011 science fiction film directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, and Freida Pinto. The movie is a reboot of the “Planet of the Apes” franchise and serves as a prequel to the original 1968 film.
The story follows Will Rodman (James Franco), a scientist working on a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, who develops a highly intelligent chimpanzee named Caesar (Andy Serkis) with the help of an experimental drug. Caesar begins to develop human-like abilities and emotions, leading to a rift between him and his human family, as well as his fellow apes.
As Caesar becomes increasingly intelligent and aware of his captivity, he leads a rebellion against humans, ultimately leading to a battle for dominance over the planet.
The film was praised for its special effects and motion capture performance by Andy Serkis as Caesar, as well as its exploration of the relationship between humans and animals, the dangers of genetic experimentation, and the ethics of animal testing. It grossed over $480 million at the box office and spawned two sequels: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “War for the Planet of the Apes”.
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