I must confess I wasn't particularly interested in watching 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' but I can say now that I'm glad I did.
Many films today lack an in-depth storyline let alone execute it well, but this one did it beautifully. Visually stunning we are shown how Apes came to power and took over the world in the original Planet of the Apes (1968) and the remake (2001). You'll be surprised to find yourself rooting for the apes by the end of the film.
A heartwarming tale, Will Rodman (James Franco) is a biotechnology scientist in search of a cure for Alzheimer's. His research is more than professional and is made more desperate with the decline in his father's health who is suffering from the devastating illness.
As you have probably guessed the experiments are of course tested on chimps before humans and it soon becomes clear that the drug ALZ-112 also gives the apes human intelligence with the story set around Caesar (Andy Serkis), born to a chimp that was tested on. We see Caesar develop and flourish living with Dr Rodman, but an event forces Caesar to live in an ape 'sanctuary' where he quickly learns about feeling betrayed and abandoned by those he had come to love.
Rallying his fellow simians Caesar becomes a revolutionary, with the climax of the film on the Golden Gate bridge. This film has many familiar faces such as John Lithgow, Brian Cox and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) but again we are shown just how advanced CGI is now -especially when combined with the acting talents of Andy Serkis- and it's easy to forget that Caesar isn't real.
A must watch movie
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a top quality film and doesn't hold back from the sensitive issues of drug development, animal welfare and animal testing.
A lot more effort has been put into this than most modern action films. It's not all action scenes (but still plenty), it's got a real story that you get drawn into.
I hope and look forward to a sequel as I think Director Rupert Wyatt has finally tapped into the full potential of this story. I was never a fan of the earlier films, but Wyatt not only makes it seem possible but actually probable with the advancements in science and technology and the human impulse to 'play God' however honourable the intentions.
If you haven't seen it yet I urge you to watch this film whatever your preferences, it's a modern masterpiece!