Movie Monday – Rise of the Planet of the Apes

August 30, 2011
August 30, 2011
by Sean
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Over the past week i found myself once again in the cinema. This is becoming a very regular occurring for me it seems! Up until i started to talk about the films i have been watching here on my blog, i didn’t really go to the cinema too often, that was also partially contributed to the fact that there wasn’t too many decent / interesting films out at the time. But i feel more up to seeing films these days!

This week i went to the local cinema to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes, i managed to go at a bargain of a price, tickets were only €4 thanks to o2 (Irish Phone Network) and including my popcorn and drink it was a little under €10, i can’t remember the last time i spent so little in the cinema! For once i wasn’t broke leaving the place.

I had been really looking forward to seeing this film, i had seen a lot of preview trailers on TV, when going to see other movies in the cinema and of course through YouTube where a large campaign was setup with the popular YouTubers who go to see the behind the scenes stuff which helped create a lot of buzz around the film. So before going to see the film i had heard a lot of things about it, some people had good reviews, while other had other opinions.

As usual i like to form my own opinion of a film, you could tell me it was terrible, but i had intended on seeing it i would watch it anyway, no matter what the reviews were!

The plot of the film is fairly simple (probably going to have spoilers so skip this paragraph if you haven’t seen the film!), scientists are have been trying for years to try and find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, they think they have finally achieved a cure and were testing their treatment of Apes/Chimpanzees. Unknown to them the cure had other effects which not only led to a cure of Alzheimer’s but also improved peoples cognitive abilities, a chimpanzee happened to be the first user of the new Alzheimer’s drug and began to show rapid development and soon became smarter and smarter over time. Later this ‘super-intelligent’ chimp gets forced into a cage where other chimps & apes are being held and realises how different he is and sets out to set them free from the people who are keeping them captive and choose to rebel against the human race in order to gain their freedom.

I thought this was a brilliant film, really interesting to watch, the special effects used were brilliant, the effects i refer to are the fact that humans play the role of the apes and are then digitally made into apes on computers as opposed to simply making the apes fully on the computer. I feel that by using a bit of both it makes it more realistic with the movements etc.

There are a few great actors in this film, i am sure others are popular but i haven’t seen any films that i would recognise them from. The three i recognised are James Franco who played the likes of Harry Osborn in the Spiderman films, Tom Felton who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter Series and John Lithgow who up until recently i only knew him for the role he played in the TV-Show Dexter which he acted brilliantly in, but i looked him up and realised he has been in a lot of popular films, one that i was surprised to see was that he played the voice of Lord Farquaad in Shrek! I would never of guessed it was him, i will have to listen out for him next time i watch those films.

Overall i really enjoyed this film, it’s something different i felt from other films i have watched, especially given that the main stars of the film are animals! If you haven’t already seen the film, i highly recommend this one, you won’t be disappointed! Again here is the trailer below!

And on another note, if this ever happened, we would be screwed!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbCoDf44oCE

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