This is wrong Will!”

“But it works”

“You are trying to control things that are not meant to be controlled”

“Something’s are not meant to be changed”


When Will Rodman (James Franco) was working on the drug to seek the cure for Alzheimer’s disease and the project was shut down, however when he secretly pursued to monitor the off spring of the test subject Bright eyes, Caroline Aranha (Frieda Pinto) kept on reminding him how inappropriate all of this seem. The drug ALZ112 was also the only hope for Wills’ father (John Lithgow) who is suffering from dementia. Will who understood his intention as honorable was persistent of moving onto human testing when a sudden reaction, possibly an after effect on the test ape bright eyes resulted in the project being shut down. (Bright Eyes was also the name given to Colonel Taylor by the apes in the 1968 original)In the arms of fate the frustrated son has only one hope of saving his father whose symptoms began to worsen. That is to make Charles Rodman the first unofficial human test subject of an abandoned project. Miraculous results convinced Will of the success of the drug and its ability to cure humans. For several years Will monitors the progress of his father and the off spring of bright eyes that they named Caesar (Andy Serkis). Caesar who has never been exposed to any kind of artificially engineered drugs seems to have carried the effects from ALZ112 from his mother’s womb.


RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES has 2 trailers out for marketing purposes and I need to agree that one of them overrate the movie to great extent whilst one does just deliverance to the movie and what is expected out it. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is not meant to be an action movie of the highest degree. In a summer where plenty of fast paced highly thrilling action movies have been released, it is absolutely normal for us viewers to expect RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES to be the same. One must understand the motive behind this movie. One must understand the original 1968 classic. Colonel Taylor and his crew crash landed onto an earth 2000 years after they left on a space mission to find that Apes were in control and the humans were mute. The entire world as we know it has been turned inside out. How did it all take place? What happened while Taylor was away? These are questions that needed answers for over 4 decades and finally we have the answer in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Hence I will not be incorrect to say more than an action Sci-fi movie this is an explanation to the great mystery and a detailed connotation to the 1968 original.


Am I ruling out action and thrilling entertainment?


No I am not, I am merely setting the expectations right to avoid disappointment. The brilliance of Rupert Wyatt is his passion and sincerity to the franchise. Keeping the respect to the original and providing the much needed explanation to those passionate fans and also creating a movie that fits into the 2011 summer blockbuster releases. You need not have watched the original or any other ape movies to understand RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Since this is how it all unveils. In that regard Rupert Wyatt has stuck by his guns and incorporated some marvelous action sequences and some super technology with incorporation with WETA. No apes have been used in the making of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. The entire movie is done with the use of motion capture technology aka Performance capturing. So no more rubber masks. So each inch of the face has movement and does not look like an ape with a BOTOX overdoes. One of the most outstanding works I have seen in my life.


Is there also a lesson for us humans?


Just as books nourished us back in the day and still do to this point of time. Movies always carry morals that dig deeper. Amidst all these action there is a very valuable lesson for us viewers to learn and if any of us are in positions in the commercial world to make a change I am sure this message will be received. The concern is not the impossibility of the Apes taking over the world. It is more of man being capable of destroying himself to the lengths of self-extinction. The ethics of science and the dangers of experimentation and the consequences when all control is lost; this is what we need to watch out for. Hiroshima was destroyed many years ago by humans with human discovered technology. Both world wars were merely for the greed of power. Now does all of this look impossible?



Directed by: Rupert Wyatt

Starring: James Franco, John Lithgow, Frieda Pinto & Andy Serkis

Rated: PG-13 for intense and frightening sequences of action and violence

Rating: 08/10