vrijdag 19 augustus 2011

Movie Tip # 50: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Director: Rupert Wyatt

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

Description: The young scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) is about to realize his life's work: the discovery of a cure for Alzheimer's. His experiments on primates, however, have uncommon side effects. The chimps increase in brain activity and Caeser is the first ape with that special intelligence.

Review: We first meet chimp 9, a primate that suceeds in solving the most complicated puzzles. Scientist Will is the one who developed a medicine that should cure alzheimers. He has a reason for wanting it to work, because his father Charles is suffering from the disease and getting worse every day. James Franco does a solid job by playing Will, who you learn to sympathize while the story developes. His father Charles, played by John Lithgow, is a very likeable character but so sad. I really felt sorry for him. Especially the scene where he tries to drive a car. Freida Pinto as Caroline does a fine job but her character is pretty one-dimensional, though she is the most sensible one. Boss Jacobs and bully Dodge did not deserve any sympathy and the entire film you wish only one destiny for them. The big star of the film is ape Caeser, played by Andy Serkis who also did a tremendous job as Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" series and as the giant gorilla in "King Kong". Is it possible to be nominated for an Oscar when you played an ape? He does an excellent job. It's clever acting and he easily overshadows his co-stars. The makers of the film managed to created a great personality for the apes and you hope they will reach their goal. It's the emotional core of the film that most impresses and the scenes between Caesar and Will are fantastic. The twist ending was pretty smart, I liked it. The complete movie is a visual treat, beautifully shot and I'm glad they didn't make the apes killer machines when they broke out. They just wanted freedom, well who doesn't?

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