- Actors: Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, James Franco, Andy Serkis
- Directors: Rupert Wyatt
- Format: 4K
- Language: English
- Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Studio: 20th Century Fox Orders
- DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2017
- Run Time: 105 minutes
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- ASIN: B073SSCPG6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,694 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (4K Ultra HD)
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Born in a research lab, raised by a suburban couple, and banished to an animal rescue ranch after he attacks a neighbour. A super-intelligent alpha male chimp (Caesar played by Andy Serkis) leads fellow apes in a rebellion against abusive handlers and cops, then makes an attempt at world domination by unleashing the lab's deadly virus strain -- which doesn't affect primates -- only the human population.
M Recommended for mature audiences | 105 minutes
Cast and crew
- Rupert Wyatt
- James Franco
- Freida Pinto
- John Lithgow
- Brian Cox
- Tom Felton
- David Oyelowo
- Andy Serkis
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I typically feel burned after watching re-imagined classics because they so often just don't work, but this movie does. And, it really rewards those who have seen the original movie series from the late 60's and 70's. There are "easter egg" types of things all the way through, so my son and I had fun seeing allusions to the original as we were watching this version. My son even caught one that I didn't. Too much fun.
With all the makings of a cult classic/sci fi epic, this film--on the surface about a sort of SuperApe--Caesar (in the vein of William Shakespeare's play, "Julius Caesar", and very applicable to the film) is a success.
James Franco (not the best actor in this film) plays Will Rodman, a scientist who works at a sort of megalab which houses chimpanzees. Rodman, looking for a cure for his father's rapidly progressing alzheimer's disease, decides to pocket a drug that works wonders on the ailments of chimpanzees and takes it home and try it on his father. That same night he finds himself caught in a moral quandary as a baby chimp named with a mother who was executed by the security guards at the lab is about to be put down. Nicknamed "bright eyes', Rodman elects reluctantly to take him home.
The drug does wonders for his father and Caesar provides some excitement and companionship in his life. Rodman slowly discovers that Caesar is no ordinary chimp. Possessed of a surplus of executive functioning that far surpasses the average human being, Caesar becomes the joy of his life and his grandfather's.
Unfortunately, though, reality has to set in at a certain point. A female veterinarian reminds him that Caesar will soon grow into a huge, powerful animal, no matter how novel he is at the moment. Undeterred by her warning but prompted by Caesar to take her our to dinner, reality clashes with fantasy as Caesar's understandable reaction to a man abusing his confused grandfather prompts his incarceration in the chimp lap Rodman works at.
Caesar here realizes that he is neither ape or nor human. He does not fit because he cannot; he is possessed of greater intelligence than his primate companions, and is not violent. Mistreated by one particularly unsavory member of the staff, he learns what humanity is capable of and makes it his goal to spread the miracle drug around the chimp compound. It works, and soon he is on a crusade to make apes the number one species on the planet.
This movie is not a fanciful or idealized work of fiction. Caesar's journey from misfit to alpha ape has all the hallmarks of the human experience, with something greater. Joseph Campbell's "Hero of A Thousand Faces" came to mind many times watching this movie. A superb film and work of interspecies speculation.