Rise of the Planet of the Apes: A short review

Apes will rise
I'm no fan of this franchise. As a matter of fact and with all honesty this world has to offer, I did not expect too much in this movie. Why? Come on now, bunch of primates. Had a little stereotyping for the movie itself calling it a film for monkeys and chimps. But yes, I was wrong yet again. I did watch the trailer once in the past and find it very common. You know, an extraordinary ape leading a revolution here on Earth -- that was my impression the first time I saw the teaser. But by reading dozens of  good feedback for it, I told myself that I should watch it and give it a chance, although a steep one. The result? It was worth it. No joke.

The story revolves around Will Rodman (portrayed by James Franco) who miraculously found a cure for tons of brain-related diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cerebral Palsy, etc. The thing is, Will, with their company's protocol, have been instructed to use The Cure (famously known in the movie as ALZ 112) to test it first to a primate. Of course, it's been a success. The ape showed exceptional results -- solving the tower puzzle numerous times with no single mistake. It's supposed to be a revolution in the field of science and for the world but unfortunately the ape showed a minor (uh uh, a major one) glitch -- the ape went wild. The reason why the primate acted like that is that she (yep, a female) is trying to protect her offspring. With that being said and done, she was killed but Will took the ape's son, nurtured him, and even named him -- as Caesar.

It's a heart-warming film and although a little bit depressing in some parts, Rise of the Planet of the Apes delivered  an outstanding story. James Franco as Will was not that great but he was good enough for the role. On the other hand, Andy Serkis playing as the ape protege Caesar was nonetheless great in totality. Musical score on a side note really fits the scenes in the film especially the scene where Caesar climbs a tall tree symbolizing his "coming of age". Additionally, camera angles on most of the scenes were spectacular.

A fan of the franchise or not, this movie will simply catch your heart and help you reflect things not only of  science and our dreams but ultimately about the real concept of both family and home. Needless to say, at the end of the movie, you'll definitely say: "All hail Caesar!"



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