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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • 2011
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rupert Wyatt
  • Written by: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
  • Cast: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, Andy Serkis
  • Language: English, American Sign Language

Intelligent and at times exhilarating prequel to the 60s cult classic, adeptly handled by Wyatt, who mixes headline influenced narrative with all the visual spectacle required of a blockbuster. Franco plays a scientist on the hunt for the cure for Alzheimer's whose experiments result in a test ape developing human-like characteristics, the animal's capture and abuse setting the scene for rebellion and the astonishing dystopian fiction that follows.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

9 Aug 20114 stars

Expertly mixes intelligence and spectacle to hugely impressive effect

(12A) 106min After the folly that was Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes in 2001 many questioned the wisdom of trying to breathe new life into the franchise when this prequel was first announced. But Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of…

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