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08.03.2011 - Rise of the Planet of the Apes would be the seventh film in this franchise that made Charlton Heston famous for the iconic line “Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” The original 1968 film was a cult classic and it’s still one of the movies you should see. Though Rise is a prequel to the original they say it’s not entirely direct continuity.

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This new film is entirely made and inspired by the fourth film Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, where some elements was taken from. Surely you’d be tracking this 1972 movie along with the other sequels that started it all.

Recently 20th Century Fox Philippines had a special press media screening at the Cinema 6 in SM Megamall. This film was not marketed widely but surely would pick up interest for those who have seen the original classics.

Apes Rise.

Based on director Rupert Wyatt this film was inspired be another Planet of the Apes, which was Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. The 1972 classic was taken inspiration which includes some of the elements from the other “Apes” films. The last one which starred Mark Wahlberg was a re-imagination of the original by Tim Burton. This prequel opens up as a reboot for future sequels on how the Apes dominated Earth and the humans fall.

In the original 1968 film which starred the late Charlton Heston it was never told what really happened to humanity either than he screamed: "We finally really did it. You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you. God damn you all to hell!"

In the last scene where he saw the charred remnants of the Statue of Liberty half-submerged in the shoreline. Realizing that it was Earth where he crash landed, and one of the iconic scenes in this original.
In this film it gives more background story on how the Apes became intelligent and “human-like”. There are some Easter eggs in some scenes that give away for possible movies to follow, which makes this more like a reboot a la “Batman Begins.”

From Gollum to Caesar

Andy Serkis who portrays Caesar has done a remarkable job in taking this iconic character from the original film. Real and life-like. Serkis breathe life to Caesar the way he did it with Gollum in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy in which he will reprise in upcoming film The Hobbit. The mocap (motion capture) and CG was spectacularly done. Story-wise it was never expected this film would be give a positive reception, but it was definitely one of those sleeper hits if you give this a second look.

Another familiar face in this film also stars Tom Felton known to the wizarding world of Harry Potter as Draco Malfoy. This is probably something new to see with Felton now grown up and part of another franchise. In this film he plays another “baddie” character, and we won’t spoil you about his role opposite Serkis’ Caesar.

The action sequence was great though not overly spectacular as we see how the apes move into action. This talented ensemble of actors that includes Brian Cox, James Franco, Tom Felton, and John Lithgow is definitely giving you an idea that this movie is something for the sci-fi aficionados who has followed the Apes saga.

Monkey See. Monkey Do.

Overall this film earns a 4/5 score for a good story and great visuals that either ties up to the original film or opens up for future movies how Apes ruled. See this through its entire scenes because you might miss something while the credits roll.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens across the country on August 4, 2011 from 20th Century Fox and locally distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines.

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