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Film REVIEW: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) - ★★★★

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

Available on Disney+

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver

Based on: Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

Stars: Andy Serkis, James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Themes: Planet of the Apes, When Animals Attack

A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives advanced intelligence to a chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.

It is a reboot of the Planet of the Apes film franchise.

The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise for Wyatt's direction, visual effects, and Serkis' performance, which helped change perceptions on the recognition of acting through performance capture. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was also a commercial success, grossing over $481 million, and received numerous awards and nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. It helped relaunch the franchise, and was followed by the sequel films Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017), while a fourth film is in development.



Daniel (Age 12) - ★★★★

"The rise of the planet of the apes was a good movie.

It had good characters with great actors playing them and a compelling storyline with a good build up.

I felt it could have done with a bit more action but it was still a good movie.

Personally I haven't seen any other planet of the apes movies but from what I have saw the movie could have done with a bit of a better ending to wrap up so much build up.

Overall it was a good movie with a good set of characters and storyline."

Mix Up Rating - ★★★★★

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The sequels are equally great and make this one of the best trilogies in recent years. The original film still holds up well but the first reboot by Tim Burton in 2001 was a bit of a misfire. Avengers: Endgame is another sci-fi film at its best. There's creatures running amok in the Jurassic Park reboot series and in Godzilla reboot Shin Godzilla, whilst some scary apes show up in sci-fi action movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Meanwhile there's a furry member of the rebel team in Star Wars: Rebels.

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