Rise of the Planet of the Apes (105 min)
This movie is hardcore to the max. The action and the special effects of the apes as they are shown rampaging through Los Angeles with much gained intelligence is thrilling and intense. James Franco plays a scientist, who is experimenting to find the cure for Alzheimers using chimpanzees as his test subjects. The cure is a success on one of the female chimps, who ends up getting shot and killed for going nuts and destroying half the lab because she was defending the baby that she was carrying. Franco takes the baby chimp home and raises it. After three years’ time the baby chimp, now named Caesar, has shown huge signs of advancement in intelligence. But while he is almost human after about 5 years, completely mastering sign language, he is still a wild animal at heart and ends up attacking someone and ends up penned at the zoo with a cruel guard watching most of his every move. He eventually forms a way out with all the other apes, who all become infected with the cure as well. The film is heartwarming in a way too as it shows Caesar grow into a deep relationship with Franco. This is also one of those films that has to be experienced on the big screen. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is rated PG-13 for intense and frightening sequences of action and violence.
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