Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

This is a noteworthy movie. Pharmaceutical company Gen-Sys has developed a potential cure for Alzheimer's disease, but first they decide to test it on some chimpanzees. One of the subjects becomes much smarter but she is shot in a fit of rage. Her newborn son is taken home by scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) and quickly shows signs of advanced intelligence. After a scuffle with a neighbor, he is taken away by animal control and put into a primate sanctuary. One night he steals a new drug from Will and takes it back to the sanctuary to share it with the others. As the primates become self-aware, they decide to break free from their cages and roam the city.

This is a reboot of the series with a new origin story, but it also has similarities to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). Unlike the previous films, the apes were created digitally using performance capture technology. This film had the fourth highest-grossing August opening ever.

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