|The face of the key chimpanzee in the Apes reboot, Caesar, on the poster for Rupert Wyatt's The Rise of the Planet of the Apes|
Fox's second reboot of its beloved Apes franchise, (after Tim Burton's less than favorably received Planet of the Apes (2001)):
An Alzheimer's scientist has developed a smart ape and experiments his new drug on his sick father. - But then all hell breaks loose!
The cast includes good forces such as John Lithgow (The Campaign (2012)) and Brian Cox (L.I.E. (2001)), but James Franco (Interior. Leather Bar. (2013)) leads the film, and he just seems like Franco throughout, instead of a real character. Tobey Maguire (Pawn Sacrifice (2015)) was in talks to play the part, but that unfortunately fell through.
Despite the fact that the big action scenes, - in particular the gorilla that sinks a helicopter! - are neat, it is disappointing to me, - a big fan of the original 5 Apes films, - that this new film doesn't have one doll or ape costume in it. (All the apes are CGI-designed, some of them based on motion captured actors.)
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver's (Jurassic World (2015)) script bows to the 1968 original film in references to it, and the plot of Rise proceeds without any big surprises. The film is directed by British director Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist (2008)).
Rise of the Planet of the Apes mostly left me hoping that the sequel would be better. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) is now a fact, and War of the Planet of the Apes (2017) is in pre-production.
Rupert Wyatt: The Escapist (2008) or, Frank's Escape
The Apes franchise: Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) or, The Final Ape!
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) or, The Ape Uprising
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) - Decent follow-up to the SF milestone
Watch the trailer for the film here
Cost: 93 mil. $
Box office: 481.8 mil. $
= Huge hit
[Rise was surprisingly successful; it opened #1 in North America with a 54.8 mil. $ opening weekend and stayed #1 for a second weekend as well, the 4th biggest August opening up until that point. It grossed 176.7 mil. $ in North America (37 % of the total gross) and was Oscar-nominated for its visual effects, losing to Hugo.]
What do you think of Rise of the Planet of the Apes?