Movie Review: ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’

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Back in February we got our first look at the first promo photo from the prequel film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Based on the description alone, I was intrigued. In April, we got to see the first trailer for the film … and I knew that I would be seeing the film as soon as possible. Yesterday, David and I saw the film and I am very happy to report that we both enjoyed it very much.


Okay, except for the TOTALLY RIDICULOUS science that is featured in the film, I loved pretty much everything about it. There are a few really clever references to the original 1968 film Planet of the Apes … which, I’m afraid, many people in the audience did not even get. The famous line “Get your paws off me you flithy ape” is uttered by Tom Felton‘s character. Tom, in case you were wondering, plays a shitty, hateful character … which seems to be his forté (as you may know, he played the very shitty Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films). I quite enjoyed the inventiveness of the story. In Planet of the Apes, we learn that Earth has become a planet where sentient apes are the dominant species and mankind is relegated to pets and slaves. In Rise, we learn how those events came to be. I won’t spoil the film but I will say … they did a pretty good job setting up the story. I will kinda spoil just one thing … so if you want to remain unspoiled, read no further …

… in the course of the film’s events (completely unrelated to the central story), a manned space shuttle is sent to Mars after water is found on the planet. My guess is that that is the space shuttle that returns to Earth many years later and finds the planet under the control of apes (ie. the events from the original Planet of the Apes film). Very clever, I think.

In the end, if you are a fan of the original 1968 film you might get a kick out of this fun and clever prequel. Even if you’ve never seen the original and have no frame of reference for that story, you may still enjoy Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The FX are very cool and the story is surprisingly heartfelt. I loved it, you may too.

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  1. CHASE

    I’m still waiting for them to remake Planet of the Chimpanzees.

  2. Dach

    I have to say my hat goes off to Andy Serkis. He did an excellent job playing Caesar. The emotion is showed in eyes….you felt for him. I have to say I wasn’t sure about the movie but by the end I was impressed with the outcome of the movie. The way it ended, they could make another one. I hope they do.

  3. Ape Lover

    The clever references to the original did indeed tie back with the space mission. Watch again for the newspaper headline “Lost in Space”

    • @Ape Lover — Right, right ;)

    • Oats

      Yes, yes! I got all sorts of excited when that newspaper headline said “Lost in Space?” in big bold letters.

      And did anyone notice Caesar playing with a toy “Statue of Liberty”? Wasn’t that the very iconic landmark which the returning astronauts in the 1968 film saw which made them realize they DID return back to Earth…but full of intellectual apes?

      Such a great movie! :D

    • @Oats — Yes!! So many great subtle references to Planet of the Apes.

  4. eli

    when i was on my way to see this my cousin and i were trying to figure out a better title without the two OFs in there but we really couldnt. the next day i saw on a markee, Rise of the Apes. that should be the title.

  5. Good Review! This is that rare summer movie that has brains and emotion in addition to the spectacle. It is also such a great film that it makes us forget about the 2001 piece of junk that Tim Burton tried to do but actually failed. Check out my review when you can!

  6. Marcus_Em

    I saw it yesterday too.. I thought it was really well done! and you best believe there will be another film, if we have Final Destination 9,000 and Saw 3700 we will have another film to get us from this point to the point where mark wallberg crash lands third nipple in tow.. Loved baby Ceaser! want one STAT!

  7. Mmmmmmmmm Tom Felton… definitely reason enough for me. Is it bad that I sort of thought of Draco as the hot, evil guy?

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