Movie Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Movie Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Diego Cuadros, Reporter

This movie centers around Dr. Will Rodman (James Franco) who tries to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, which he tests on chimpanzees. However, after the best specimen goes on a rampage through the laboratory, the operation is shut down and Rodman is left with a baby chimp named Caesar. Refusing to give up, Rodman continues his work on Caesar and produces positive results.

He gives the same cure to his father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Initially, the cure seems to work, but eventually, his father’s immune system fights back.

Caesar is taken to an ape reserve where he befriends other apes  and, along the way, plans his escape. When the chief guard, Tom Felton, brings visitors to the reserve, Caesar steals a pocket knife from one of them, and uses it to unlock his cell. He frees the other apes and they escape the reserve.

Once out, they wreak havoc everywhere they go and even stop by the zoo to recruit more allies. In an attempt to stop the apes, the police confront the animals; unfortunately, it is to no avail, as the apes push through the police line, and even take down their helicopter.

Rodman arrives at the bridge and tries to convince Caesar to return home with him, but Caesar refuses.

This movie has a strong plot and a cast of engaging actors. It is evident that they enjoy what they’re doing and, unlike some other films, the animation isn’t cheesy.

This is probably the better of Franco’s films, the other ones being the Spiderman series. In this film, Franco is believable in his role, and he plays it well.