The Rise of the Planet of the Apes - My Review and Thoughts
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
I went to see this as a last minute split decision, and almost saw another movie. I had always wanted to see one of the planet of the apes movies, but never have. So now was the time. I had seen the previews, which really made me curious. I am an animal lover, and the idea sounded wonderful based on the little I knew about it.
If I may be totally honest here, this movie did not knock my socks off. The young woman though that sold me the ticket sang its praises and saw it a couple times at least. She had to bring her family back as well.
I have to admit, there was some story line that made me want t know how it turned out. It just didn't knock my socks off, to the point that I wondered what I was hoping for. That said, read on below if you would.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Trailer
An Alzheimers Tie in
Without trying to give too much away, there was a really interesting tie in to Alzheimer's Disease and possible treatments for it. John Lithgow was a great actor in this, as ever. Quite a new and different role for him, but he did it well. I think it tugged at my heartstrings a little bit since I lost my own Father to Alzheimer's this year. Oh how I wish there were a type of drug like this now.
A genetically altered chimpanzee makes quite the stir around town, eventually leading all the apes in the area to freedom. You won't look at apes at the zoo quite the same again!
At any rate, this was part of what made the story make sense and have some unique details that would explain the exceptional knowledge gained by the apes over time. I think I expected to feel like it was all more a bit real, but then again how hard would that be to pass off? I did like the redwoods, the battles, the good and evil parts of it. Some of the acting almost felt familiar or predictable if that makes any sense. Its as if I could have told you where it all was going to go, or where it was headed. There was the one character, the quieter young man that worked with all the apes, what was his deal?
I found it interesting that the main ape had a great sense of morals, right and wrong until the end. Its scary when you look around and realize that apes maybe truly have more morals than many people do!
Its worth seeing, but it wouldn't have broken my heart to have waited on that. Key actors and actress were John Lithgow, James Franco, Frieda Pinto, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, and David Oyelowo.
There is a twist at the end, don't leave until the very end. It leaves you wondering!