US 105m, Colour
Director: Rupert Wyatt; Cast: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton
In borrowing the best dialogue as homage to the original Planet of the Apes (1968) and ignoring the poorly scripted Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), as well as Tim Burton’s 2001 controversial re-make of the original, Rise of the Planet of the Apes builds a solid genetically engineered foundation from which to rebuild this classic science fiction franchise. In relying upon stunningly realistic motion capture and computer generated apes, “Rise” is the first not to use human actors in prosthetics and make-up. Slowly paced through much of the film’s middle half, viewer patience is rewarded with the ape’s escape and their initial hostile encounter with a doomed humanity (Klaus Ming August 2011).