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Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Review

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on August 15, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: Friday, August 5, 2011 (Wide Release)

Starring: Andy Serkis (as Caesar), James Franco (as Will Rodman), Frieda Pinto (as Caroline Aranha), John Lithgow (as Charles Rodman), Brian Cox (as John Landon), Tom Felton (as Dodge Landon), David Oyelowo (as Steven Jacobs)

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Screenwriters: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, loosely based on the novel "Las planete des singes" by Pierre Boulle  

Rated: PG-13 for violence, terror, some sexuality (VERY subtle), and brief strong language.

Runtime: 110 minutes.

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   out of 100

Primate Power

Posted Sunday, August 14, 2011

Depicting intimately observed apes in thrillingly epic scale, Rise of the Planet of the Apes excels as a breathtaking cinematic experience that captivates audiences from one gripping moment to the next. By capturing its computerized simians with graphic nuances, the film masters facial expressions to insightfully look into the complex mind of Caesar, a complex primate excellently performed by Andy Serkis. Here, director Rupert Wyatt seamlessly integrates visual brilliance into the emotional realism of his animals, and diffuses seemingly colorless creatures with vivacious humanism. Caesar's augmenting fury over his confined, abused life tensely mounts to generate a taut conflict, imbuing "ROTPOTA" with vigorous pacing and powerful momentum. The character's indignation eventually provides impetus for electrifying action sequences that achieve Herculean scale rather than prolonged or excessive effect. Thus, an unmistakable intelligence sustains throughout, and only occasionally falters for conventionality but never for childishness. This rare sophistication marks this marvel of technology as one of the year's most superb action pictures, and furthermore, an outstanding paean to the audacity and power of apes. 90/100  

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