ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Delivers and Then Some

Updated on February 15, 2018

See apes rise. Rise apes, rise.

Go Ape!

Or, more specifically, Go Caesar!

Now, if you've read my previous hubs, you know I enjoy the Planet of the Apes series. I definitely like some better than others, and that includes Tim Burton's 2001 re-imagining.

So, as a fan-boy, there were definite concerns I had going into this new beginning. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I had a long list of "hope-they-do"s, "would-like-to-see"s and "wonder-if-they-will"s.

And the movie did not disappoint.

First off, let me say, for my fellow fan-boys out there: This definitely can't be a prequel to the series that we've already seen. There are changes in the mythology of the world and such. That being said, it's still absolutely satisfying.

The movie follows a scientist named Will Rodman (James Franco) who is using chimpanzees to test out a specially designed virus that is supposed to repair damaged brain matter. He has a personal reason for doing this. His father, Charles (John Lithgow), suffers from alzheimer's.

One of the test subjects--a female named Bright Eyes (*nudge* *nudge*)--shows tremendous improvement, but suddenly turns violent. Will discovers that she was just trying to protect her baby, but the project has already been scrapped. He takes the baby chimp home to prevent it from being destroyed. He raises the chimp (Andy Serkis) and calls him Caesar.

Things progress from there but let me just take a moment here to point out how amazingly the apes are done. Caesar isn't the only CG ape here. And you can sort of tell that they're not exactly real, but it never gets in the way of anything. It's close enough that you quickly learn to overlook that fact.

And a large portion of the credit here has to go to Andy Serkis--a name now synonymous with performance captured CG characters. He's given us Gollum, King Kong, and now Caesar. They were able to film him in the real world, interacting with the rest of the cast, and the reality of the performance really shows the benefits of that technique.

There's one brief moment, as the movie is building toward its climax, where Caesar causes the accidental death of a human. There's a brief moment where you can really see the impact that has on Caesar. When he realizes what just happened, he's shocked and horrified. And you can feel a little piece within him die, and another perk up. It's less than a second, but the performance is very real.

Anyway, some of you may be wondering about how this one fares in comparison to the other Apes movies. To be fair, I will probably hold off on seriously comparing it to the others for right now. Largely that's because this one is still so new in my mind (I literally just got back from the theater) and I'll probably need time to mull this one around in my head. But I can safely say that I left the theater very satisfied.

There's real heart in this one. There are characters--human and ape--that you really come to know and love (or hate in a couple appropriate circumstances).

Of the humans, there are some good performances here. Lithgow is very sympathetic and always wonderful. Franco is good as the sincere scientist who allows his heart to inadvertently let the situation grow beyond his ability to control it. Tom Felton gives a good performance as a sadistic little twerp in charge of "caring" for the apes that eventually do the titular rising.

Now, as a fan-boy, I had several lines in mind from the original, and I was wondering if they'd put them in. Two of my big ones were definitely used, though one of them felt a little bit forced. However, it is at a critical moment and, even looking back on it, I don't think I would have changed it a bit. In fact, both of the lines I'm thinking about were delivered by Tom Felton's character, Dodge Landon (both names from the original movie).

I won't tell you everywhere that they reference the original movies, but there are many. Some a little clunky and obvious, and others very well hidden and fun to discover. But that doesn't mean you have to like or even to have seen the originals. It's just an added layer of fun for those who have.

Seriously, I could talk for a good long while regarding impressions of the movie and parts I liked, but I'm just going to leave it with this:

See it.

For me, as a first impression (because this movie leaves you with a fair amount to think about) I give it 8 / 10.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is rated PG-13 for violence, some language, brief sexuality and moments of terror.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)