Sound Off: Rupert Wyatt's 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' - Thoughts?

August 5, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The damn dirty apes are back! We were introduced to a world ruled by Apes in 1968, now 43 years later they're back, this time to tell the origin of Caesar and how the apes took over. In theaters is Rise of the Planet of the Apes, from director Rupert Wyatt, starring James Franco but more importantly Andy Serkis with motion capture as the lead chimp Caesar. How is it? Does it live up to the original franchise or is it just a new story? How is the CGI from Weta for the apes? Is it one of this summer's best? If you've seen it, write a comment and tell us your own thoughts on RotPotA!

To fuel the fire, I absolutely loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it's easily one of my favorite movies of this summer. It has so much emotion and heart within it, all set around a fantastic story, and it's incredibly well-directed and paced to perfection. Andy Serkis is the true star of this and honestly deserves an Oscar nomination/win for his performance as Caesar. I felt like I was truly watching a band of apes take over, and yet none of them were real, it was exhilarating. That's why I enjoyed this movie so much - it's entertaining and exciting all at once, yet has a wonderfully rich, character-driven story that works so well. And it not only works by itself, but will satisfy diehard fans of the Apes franchise, too. What a great way to end the summer.

What did you think of Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Best of this summer or totally boring? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!

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8/10 - I went to the midnight screening last night. It was a great movie imo. I thought they did a great job showing emotion in the apes and did a great job evoking emotion from the view when the apes were concerned. You really felt sorry for them to a point and were actually happy when they began to rebel. Great entertainment for the night, cant wait to see a sequel. __________________

Dspot on Aug 5, 2011


Why not make a movie using the same techniques, but instead of apes, use recreations of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Steve Mcqueen, etc.?!!

Mirway on Aug 8, 2011


thats what im waiting for, another movie with Tupac or Brandon Lee with Bruce Lee!!

James on Aug 8, 2011


If you listen to coast to coast radio show they already talked about doing this. Putting actors in as the roles of Bogart, Monroe and the likes of them. They actually talked to someone from Rise of the Planet of the Apes about how this is gonna be done.

The Douche on Aug 9, 2011


I would love to see a sequel to this movie ....

Movingline1963 on Jan 20, 2012


Very good - probably the best film of this summer! 8.5/10

Konti on Aug 5, 2011


amazing movie, my only complaint were the nerds behind me who kept whispering the moments that nod to the original *which i never saw so they were my only connections* 

Jericho on Aug 5, 2011


Best Film I've seen all year!!!!!

Mattsride97 on Aug 5, 2011


Totally agree.....I was really skeptical when I first heard that another film was being made. I hated Burton's film but this film came out of nowhere and surprised the hell out of me. It's going to be really hard for another film to come out later in the year and beat this one. With an average summer of film going the only films that left an impression on me  are this film. Super 8 and Captain America. The rest are left for dust as far as I'm concerned.

Last Son on Aug 6, 2011


i thought Burton's was pretty good. but again i never saw the original......

Jericho on Aug 6, 2011


See it. Even with Hestons overacting its a classic in every since of the word.

Dnote41510 on Aug 7, 2011


Heston's overacting? You probably think Shia Labeouf deserves an Oscar.

Meow on Aug 8, 2011


Gripping and moving. Sirkus and John Lithgow terrific! Visual composition marvelous.

guest on Aug 5, 2011


Best movie of the summer agreed!

Hun on Aug 5, 2011


I just had to yell "take the Potter" when Malfoy was beating the apes... everyone in the theater got a good laugh out of it.

Dspot on Aug 5, 2011


....I don't get it.

Tyler Morgan on Aug 5, 2011


Its because the Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton is in this movie...

PapaJustify on Aug 5, 2011


yes malfoy is in the movie. still dont get it. if u were in my cinema everyone would of just got pissed off at that lame wisecrack.

TheGuvna on Aug 6, 2011


Damn harry potter fans are getting surly!

Dnote41510 on Aug 7, 2011


I'd kick your ass for ruining my movie night.

GrandMasterB on Aug 5, 2011


Keyboard hard men always make me laugh.  16 likes suggest they are just as cowardly as you.

Pilgrim UK on Aug 7, 2011


your the coward Pilgrim UK, thats why you keep changing your name. Your joke was super lame btw. Stay off the site dork!

DspotUcowardAssDork on Aug 8, 2011


Oh wow, your so witty!

Shaun Goo on Aug 6, 2011



Nrage_2osh on Aug 7, 2011


i would have thrown a rock at your head! ...i wish bringing rocks to theaters became a thing... then maybe mr.mylastthoughtwassofunnyijusthadtotelltheworld will think twice.

Derek on Aug 8, 2011


Really great movie. It kept me entertained and I loved Andy as Ceaser. His performance really had you cheering for him. Attack The Block is still the best film of the year IMO, but both great films

Barnaby Barrilla on Aug 5, 2011


Very well paced. However, I don't think it should have ended where it did unless they are looking for a sequel, i was looking more for the apes taking over the planet. Aside from the premature ending, the movie was great. I love that they focused a lot on ceasar and gave story and character to the apes. 8/10

Dhfan805 on Aug 5, 2011


I loved the ending, I truely thought it ended right where it should have ..Except for those people who left...when the first credits were rolling lol..WAS THAT YOU?   Hope not.. you missed the point of the apes taking over the world 🙂

Gbeardedcollie on Aug 5, 2011


I think they were trying to set up "The Revenge of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

KBreezy on Aug 6, 2011


Loved it. Best summer movie by a far margin.

Alboone on Aug 5, 2011


Saw it. It was a tv film at best. The CGI was spotty in a lot of places. The real actors were 2 dimensional. Quite a mediocre film. 

Flock on Aug 5, 2011


Are you gay?

.... on Aug 7, 2011


Are you still in the second grade? Way to ride the bandwagon and through in a homophobic slur to boot. You clearly are blissful  at your age. Have yet to see the movie will tonight, but enjoy honest reviews.  

M_Z on Aug 8, 2011


I know this is a spoilers comment box and i'm totally aware of this, my only question when i do finally go see it (which i can't wait and everyone is giving perfect positive reviews) is: there a scene at the end of the credits like in the Marvel films? Or a scene somewhere dispersed in the credits? I don't wanna walk out and miss something at the end, like i did with green lantern

Jwb3 on Aug 5, 2011


No, there's a scene IN the credits, just a few moments after they start, but nothing at the very end. Watch that credit scene if you're a big Planet of the Apes fan, that's all I'll say.

Alex Billington on Aug 6, 2011


Awesome thanks alex. yea im a big fan of the apes franchise. thanks again for the heads up!

Jwb3 on Aug 6, 2011


There is an awesome app called "Run Pee". I have it on my Android phone, but I'd bet its available on iOS.  It lets you know when the best time to take a pee break is as well as informs you if there are any scenes after credits.  And its free.  No, I'm not associated with the app, just really useful.

ibleedbloo on Aug 8, 2011


Thank goodness I didn't pay for this (dad did, did DL) because gosh, sadly disappointed and I didn;t have hopes int he first place. I went in thinking mediocre but if anything fun and action. Yeah, I was just bored most of the time. There were ties to the original but this is something no one was wanting or waiting for. Very random for this movie to come and just wasn't exciting with the bigger movies this year and to come. Heck I forgot it was even coming out.

Nate Carroll on Aug 5, 2011


Maybe your dad can pay for your spine replacement. Do you only value movies with fun and action and hype? This movie developed a) the first cgi characters I've ever found watchable, and b) a visceral empathy for the apes - to the point that I wanted them to take over my world. Imho. sorry for the snipey comment  

apesrule on Aug 5, 2011


Yeah, I was having a hard time with the fact that I was really rooting for the apes and against the humans by the end of the movie.  The motion capture used for the apes made them so empathetic for the audience, it was beautiful.  Didn't actually feel like I was watching CGI.

Emma on Aug 6, 2011


Don't mind snipey if you're smart about it. I said I didn't have hopes except it might have action and it lacked there as well, in the sense it made sense. Please, stop with the CGI comments. It wasn't that great and maybe it's 'cause I love the original that I couldn't appreciate this. Empathy? Meh...if you're a PETA member. I'd give it a 6/10. Like I said it wasn't bad but I doubt I'll ever watch it again.

Nate Carroll on Aug 6, 2011


Fox owns yeah you'll see it again...on FX..duh.

Vkatnite on Aug 9, 2011


Nate's probably a teen who thinks a good movie is big explosions with skanky women. Doesn't understand there should be an actual story.

The Douche on Aug 9, 2011


I completely agree with you. The film was quite uninteresting. There is something wrong with a film where the obviously CGI apes is more compelling than the real actors themselves. It's called a poor screenplay coupled with poor direction and acting. I'm sorry but this film is a $1 rental. I will not be paying to see any more Planet of the Apes films. 

Kyle Robinson on Aug 6, 2011


So according to you, its poor writting and poor direction for a film's main characters to be more compelling than its supporting characters.

John.E on Aug 6, 2011


you make me sad

Jaiyson on Aug 7, 2011


I loved this movie. Easily one of the best movies of the summer. It was fantastic. 

gowatchit on Aug 5, 2011


... Andy Serkis <3

Terrafake on Aug 5, 2011


Loved it. Probably my favorite movie this summer and I've gone to most of them. I loved the apes. Solid summer movie. Very good special effects and a real nice pace. Never got boring to me. Highly Recommended Full Price... I'd actually love if they didn't make a sequel and leave it the way it ended. I liked it, but they will probably make a sequel anyways.

SDotKillsALot on Aug 6, 2011


Go. See. This. Movie

Anonymous on Aug 6, 2011


Listen. To. Dan. I. Agree!!! Imo, a perfect 10 movie!

James on Aug 8, 2011


At first I didn't like the ending because I felt it left something open then after it appeared that the movie was over and people started to leave it came back on and finished perfectly. I was very happy.

Dycerulz on Aug 6, 2011


unexpectedly GREAT movie. Out of the summer blockbusters its probably the deepest in terms of emotion (arguably Harry Potter finale being in the same cloud). The ending was perfect (SPOILERS)...the apes leave and grow, the start of the end of humans begins, perfect for a sequel.

Thedude on Aug 6, 2011


Despite being psyched to see the Weta CGI and the good early reviews, I was still hesitant going into the movie.  It blew my expectations completely out of the water.  Andy Serkis was, without a doubt, the star of it.  His acting was pitch-perfect, and the fact that he probably won't get any true recognition for his brilliant performance is criminal.  (Especially considering he carries the movie with no true dialogue.)  I highly recommend this movie - it's probably the best film we'll see all summer.

Emma on Aug 6, 2011


It was a really good movie until the last 25-30 minutes. It just really made no sense how they just kept multiplying and the ending was terrible imo.

Flbball23 on Aug 6, 2011


They obviously kept multiplying because the apes went to the zoo and let more apes out.

Derrick on Aug 6, 2011


Im sorry but the ending was the brilliant thing about the movie. I think you left the theater too early because right after it finishes, the most important info is being displayed.  I think thats the only critic i would have. They should have faded to black then fade into that final scene. Pay attention to the background in particular.  *Spoiler warning* Obviously the co/worker who died, sneezed onto the neighbor near the end. Who turns out to be a pilot. We see him arrive at the airport, nose bleeding. Camera focuses onto the departure cities, then cuts to black. While credits are playing you can see how the virus, essentially wipes out the entire human race. Hence, rise of the apes. Brilliant I thought because the movie wasn't trying to explain EVERYTHING. Unlike every other movie... 

Anonymous on Aug 6, 2011


The film is as cliche and lack luster as the rest of this summer's big Hollywood films. I'm sorry but it was not worth taking myself and my family to see this film. 

Louise on Aug 6, 2011


9/10 i went into this movie expecting it to be great, which it was, but i had some apprehension as to how they were going to expect us to believe that a small group of apes takes over the world. fortunately they day a great job of explaining this as long you wait a little bit after the creedits (not all the credits just the first few)

Steve on Aug 6, 2011


Loved it. One of the best of the year. The CGI alone made it worth it. The story was awesome and loved the references to the originals. Made me forget where I was for the moment and gave me a good story to follow with some action. Can't go wrong with that.

Tyler Bannock on Aug 6, 2011


Spoiler!!!!! My thing was, how the hell did they all get smart so quick from 2 bottles.... How did every monkey they saw became smart. There was only 1 gorilla and he wasn't in the holding cell the gas went off in. The movie was so good until so many holes popped up really quickly.

Flbball23 on Aug 6, 2011


*spoiler* my guess on those holes would be.. they had a whole night to let the drug sink in and those two cans were the stronger and faster acting drug that he came up with. which it showed how fast it worked with the first chimp they tested on. and that once they got out a lot of the other apes were following the smarter ones from the primate habitat. unless they were all exposed when they broke into genses (i cant quite remember where that happened along the timeline, having only saw it once). if that was the case that would make sense with the gorilla, but other than that i do see your point with him.....unless the aerosal got into his cage from the holding cells because if you look in one scene some of their cages are connected to the big recess area. anyway..thats just my guess at your questions.

beardedpwnsauce on Aug 6, 2011


The "cure" is a virulent virus that is transmitted easily from human host to another human killing everyone it infects. Taking this idea one step further, the cure is probably transmitted just as easily from ape to ape but instead of killing them, it makes them far more intelligent. The apes only needed a couple of their species to act as vectors for the virus. They have far far more than a couple infected plus the changes become gene altering and hereditary. It doesn't specifically show that the cure is a contagion amongst apes but the movie certainly spells that out for the human demise as shown during the credits.

Cliff Alvarez on Aug 6, 2011


see my only question about the transmission between apes is that each ape needed a good dose of it for it to start working as fast, and since the spread from one to another seems a bit slower its hard to tell exactly what happened. but either way, im done thinking about it...i'm just going to enjoy it.

beardedpwnsauce on Aug 6, 2011


I don't think it can transmit from ape to ape. That was the only plot hole I thought because their numbers grew so large so suddenly when there weren't enough cages at the facility and when the ones released from the zoo would still be stupid. I know it's based on a book and all but I'd love it if in the sequel they don't already wipe out the human race since co-existence when one gets weaker the other stronger is interesting. Then again, other than breeding, the rest of the apes worldwide remain idiots since there's no more serum. An addition that wouldn't fit but would be epic is if another species responded like apes. Not cliched dogs or cats though. Then again I doubt anyone but myself would want to see a movie about revolting apes and/or elephants/flamingoes/wolves etc against humans.

ate on Aug 7, 2011


i assumed too that it would transfer from human to ape around the world too... but that could be wrong... 

Ross Malloch on Aug 7, 2011


The smart apes will breed with the dumb ones, over time the smart gene is passed on, eventually filling the world with smart apes...

Kamish on Aug 8, 2011


I never got the sense that ALL the apes were intelligent, as a matter of fact you see some of the less intelligent apes get netted or taken out. They did establish that they are pack animals meaning they recognize the alpha ape and follow his lead, so that explained a lot of the action to me (they were directed to do what they did, not that they all became master strategists). it hit me later that it was stated how "its passed on through genetics" so now you know that all future talking apes got their cells from this genetic point in their ancestry. 

lando on Aug 8, 2011


Just Freaking Awesome

Javier Urquieta on Aug 6, 2011


Sadly I have to wait till Tuesday to see it but I must ask how is the soundtrack?

N. on Aug 6, 2011


Its pretty good. Nothing super breathtaking but it always fits the mood very well. Very solid.

Brett Feller314 on Aug 6, 2011


BEST MOVIE ALL YEAR! no movie will top this one, i love transformers and spiderman too much, but im sorry to say and have to admit that no movie will top this movie at all!!! and if u disagree, all i gotta say is: CEASERS VOICE "NO!!!" 🙂 5/5

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DA on Aug 6, 2011


Don't burst his bubble, he doesn't know it doesn't come out til 2012. 🙂

Hamster on Aug 8, 2011


This is why I love reading the comments on this site. You guys are so witty or you guys can find the tinyiest thing to find wrong with a movie or even poster of a movie. This always cheers me up when I'm having a bad day at work.

The Douche on Aug 9, 2011


i thought it was a good movie, Im just tired of all the comptuer generated characters...lets get back to the make up chair and costumes.... i want a movie that has creatures to look and feel like one. with a computer generated it just takes away alot from a movie i think 

Anonymous on Aug 6, 2011


Ya, no.

Hamster on Aug 8, 2011


8/10.  Amazing summer movie, surely worth a watch (or two)!

David on Aug 6, 2011


One thing to add here tho:  While the CG was indeed still wasn't life like. I realize how difficult it is to create these apes and Serkis does an amazing job. And its not like during the movie you think "oh thats so fake". You don't but still...We are not there yet.  Funny how the trex scene from Jurassic Park (1993!) is still one of the best cg creatures to date. Blows my mind. Granted, its at night, raining and such...but still. 

Anonymous on Aug 6, 2011


There are only two or three CG shots in the sequence you're talking about in Jurassic Park. They used animatronics for anything that didn't require the T-Rex to take a step. The chase sequence in the jeep had mostly CG, but that CG wasn't as good. Not much of the CG was that good.

Anonymous on Aug 7, 2011


If you never saw the original, your opinions are worthless.

Meow on Aug 6, 2011


You're worthless for such a dumb, elitist comment. 

Jnickbuentello on Aug 7, 2011


I'm sorry I don't have an appreciation for CGI monkey poo.

Meow on Aug 7, 2011


solid 9. awesome. knew the trailer wasn't going to disappoint. brilliant.

Mr. Sifuentes on Aug 6, 2011


First I'll say it was an entertaining movie. The problem I had with Captain America was it didn't feel like a journey. They said they had to get to some place, they were there the next scene. It was just a ride. Rise of the Planet of the Apes accomplishes what Captain America didn't with a lesser runtime. Now the problems I had with Apes. It seemed too PC. I was expecting a revolution against an oppressor and all the apes wanted was to get to Muir Woods outside San Francisco so they can swing in the redwoods. Were the producers trying to avoid what JAWS did for sharks? Rise of the Planet of the Apes is going to happen by default not by pure revolution against an oppressor. Is the sequel going to be a lesson showing how apes are better in tune with nature than humans? Let me guess what the sequel will be like. Caesar will be running a Garden of Eden where ape and what's left of humankind live together in peace. I believe the chimp named Rocket(?), the only ape that wasn't given the gift of intelligence from Caesar but straight from humans, will be his rival and antagonist and wants to enslave all of humanity. Enter the lost Mars expedition...

Keystone on Aug 6, 2011


I loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I'm a fan of the original films, and tried real hard to like Tim Burton's remake (there are SOME things I still like about it, but it's not good overall) - but Rupert Wyatt's reboot/retelling satisfies the ape-fan within me! Loved it.

Anonymous on Aug 6, 2011


This movie is a must-see, like right now! This movie was amazing. Andy Serkis did a awesome with the motion capture,and James Franco did a great job with his part as Will Rodman.Best movie I've seen this year! *****

Qurb on Aug 7, 2011


Not a masterpiece by any stretch or even an exceptional genre cinema, but the movie moves along nicely and doesn't do anything terribly wrong throughout. The best part of the movie is how Caesar builds his army through cunning strategy &  management. There is humor, intrigue, suspense. The CGI work is truly excellent in charting the emotional journey of the apes, in particular the confusion, and later the rage of the lead chimp. There is something about the dialogue-less storytelling here is that works even more effective than the dialogue scenes. The way Caesar lets out a furious "No!" to his oppressor sent chills down my spine. Kudos to the FX team & Andy Serkis. Also: There is a small scene near the end when Caesar gives a silent nod to his fellow ape to finish off a certain character have audience cheering like crazy. A major surprise of the summer.  Read this wonderful review by Walter Chaw

Guest13 on Aug 7, 2011


Fantastic!  I loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes... totally made up for the mess that was Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes.  When Malfoy demands Cesar release him, and Cesar responds with a struggled English variation of the word "No." Chills ran through my body. 

Jnickbuentello on Aug 7, 2011


it was good.. ending felt like it was missing something. But if Im not mistaken. The "cure" is actually a virus that kills humans? so the apes arent as aggressive and blood lust as I thought going in.. but still good.

mochonko on Aug 7, 2011


engaged from start to finish. Animal instincts + human behavior = force to be reckon with One of the best 2011 summer movies. 

Dim2thesum on Aug 7, 2011


wonderful 🙂 best movie i have seen so far 🙂

Anonymous on Aug 7, 2011


This year?  I hope not in your whole lifetime.

Chazzy on Aug 8, 2011


look it will become an all time classic for sure but for it to have got into the casablanca, dances with wolves territory they needed to use a real ape as ceaser. as good as it is, a real monkey would have completed the story.

Para on Aug 7, 2011


Absolutely loved it. Delivered everything I think this film was supposed to. Entertaining, great FX and a terrific performance from Serkins and all  the Apes. I felt that Freida Pinto was a bit under used in the film but other than that I had no issues with any of the cast. (Lithgow as the dad was a nice cinematic subconscious call back to Henry and The Henderson for me as well. lol) Possibly the best summer popcorn movie thus far. *P.S; The Easter eggs were a little heavy handed at times but still fun.

Subliminalmt on Aug 7, 2011


Its really one of the best movie so far this year. It really had a deep emotional touch which was liked very much. The movie was very entertaining but i think the ending was very quick and unthinkable. At last Caesar is home.

Aniruddha Chowkidar on Aug 7, 2011


Tim Burton's 2001 Planet of the apes was more interesting, and i wanted a connection between this one and 2001 one. Yes, CGI was amazing, the story however was NOT. And it made me sad, i really wanted to like this movie. Maybe i've seen too many.

redguy on Aug 7, 2011


Hail Caesar!  Andy Serkis deserves some major recognition for his performance, it was incredible, much better than the 2001 'Apes'. 

shed on Aug 7, 2011


i lovef it ... thought it was a good story and a great time at the movies

thebeast on Aug 7, 2011


Just saw it with the family. We really liked it. It was a very touching story.I dont want to comment on the CGI too much , it was done well ,but that  pretty much was expected.The story made it all work.The relationship with Caesar and Franco's character and Lithgow was great. Loved the homages to the origional movie.(bright eyes,etc.) they offer a convincing story on what happens to humanity to tie into the origional '68 movie. Looks like it ends with a set-up for a sequel.I really hope so. I want to see more!!

glutusmaximus on Aug 7, 2011


Really really loved it!! Had my doubts being a prequel to the iconic Heston film but the writers were smart enough to merely get eh ball rolling and leave what middle ground between this and the 68 film open for interpretation and plenty more stories should FOX decided to get sequel crazy (they always do, don't they?:P) Serkis was utterly fantastic and WETA digital made him phenomenal. Loved it. Side note: I almost laughed out loud when Franco's boss told him he'd need to start developing the drug from scratch because all I could think of was Willem Dafoe in Spider-Man angrily scowling as he grunted out "Back to formula???"...or was I the only one who thought that?:P

Anonymous on Aug 7, 2011


Lol I definitely thought of that.  It helped that I watched Spider-Man again literally two days ago...  but yeah.  He told Franco that and I just laughed to myself.

Chazzy on Aug 8, 2011


Best movie of the summer, without a doubt.

Middenway on Aug 8, 2011


andy cerkis alone isnt responsible for the animation. Yea his motion capture is the basis for the great looking motion of the apes but you cant forget that a lot of scenes are hand animated and that every motion capture scene is refined by traditional keyframe animation. He deserves great credit for his work but him alone does not deserve an oscar for this... its all the animators and vfx artists that were on the production

Jaja on Aug 8, 2011


The Caesar ape performance was uneven and inconsistent. Too often he felt like an old tired ape about the age of Serkis rather than a young ape. The film breaks a lot of its own rules that it sets thus breaking the suspension of disbelief. Fox Studios once again sets another one of its films in San Francisco and on the Golden Gate bridge. Gets old fast. Not a great setting. They get some kind of tax break shooting in the Bay.  Caesar's character design was poor. His face is often times menacing and unsympathetic. Other times he is sympathetic. Again the performance is uneven and inconsistent.  I recommend waiting for dvd rental if you absolutely must see it in your lifetime. Another forgettable Planet of the Apes film. Time to put this franchise to rest. 

Floch on Aug 8, 2011


Time to put you to rest! If you cant appreciate the movie for being entertainment, having the latest in CGI or even just a couple hours of fun, then you shouldn't even have gone to see this. What were you expecting?

James on Aug 8, 2011


uneven ??inconsistent?? have you seen any of the prevous films?? even Tim Roth's version of a similar character in the previous reboot/remake was almost as good

Vkatnite on Aug 9, 2011


This was a great movie! I loved how the pacing was just right and kept the movie going at a steady pace, I never felt bored or like any one scene or conversation dragged on for too long. The writing was just right enough to give you what you needed and didnt get lost or meander like many summer flics do while trying to make filler or fluff between giant exploding transforming robots. The character development was GREAT, halfway through the movie I wanted to go home and make sure my pets were ok! yea, the emotional connection between caeser and his human family was amazing, I was totally rooting for the apes in this one. As a long time fan of the original, I loved most of the references to the original film like the quick footage of the astronauts leaving earth on icarus, great move and it didnt beat you over the head. I could have done without the "mad house" and "get your dirty ape hands off me" gags, that was too much but hands down (no pun intended) it beat the crap out of that horrific Burton piece of crap (I honestly think he should stick to disney movies at this point)! Oh and I dont want to hear how this one lacks all the social criticism of Pierre Boulle's novel because its there and its even stronger imo than the original! Now, the CGI: while I was very worried that a cast of cgi apes might be too obviously non realistic, I am glad to say I had NOTHING to worry about! I remember watching avatar and thinking so much of the Navi (whatever) looked too generic, too simple, too fake!!!! I did not find this to be the case here with RISE..the fx work was outstanding!! Andy Serkis did his best work here..I believed it, all of it.  This is the kick this franchise needed!!!  and the end scene within the credits was well done, if you pay attention you realize that there is this epidemic that might possibly be developing, it would be too much to force into the movie but they found a great way to do it other than letting you assume it. well done and sneaky!  WATCH THE CREDITS!

lando on Aug 8, 2011


9.9/10 for me loved it from start to finish, I hope everyone watched the extra bit after the credits which really completes the film 🙂

tega on Aug 8, 2011


@ Flock or Floch (you spelled it both ways), You should never express your opinion on anything...... ever.

FatBaby on Aug 8, 2011


It was completely awesome, my one nit pick is, Andy Serkis being type cast as yet another Ape...jk

Kamish on Aug 8, 2011


Best movie of the summer. Great cg work and the story was fleshed out very well. Did anyone else catch the missing ship enroute to mars? Great tidbit!

SuspectZero216 on Aug 8, 2011


Overall - 710 Yes, its the best movie of 2011 so far,  And is surprisingly good, Build up is strong, lost of references and Easter eggs, Comic relief with the neighbor character,BUT!  Story and build up scene were much more better than the action scene,  More than that, some of the action scene were totally bad.  First part of the movie is great, second (and luckily smaller) part-very bad.    

Tomyz on Aug 8, 2011


Great movie!!!! hope they will do a second one -- showing the future when the astronaut lands and then a third for when he comes back as new york is beginning to be taken over but comes back with a cure!!!! ---- sn: movie would have gotten a 10/10 if there was a tiny bit more action  9/10

Don_esco on Aug 8, 2011


My thoughts exactly!

Anonymous on Aug 9, 2011


I really liked the CGI and ape related scenes but actually all the human roles (mainly franco) with exception of Lithgow really really were a let down and made the whole movie seem pointless and not worth my time. Franco only has one face he can't carry any movie even one full of CGI he isn't Sam Worthington people

Crawfordjk2000 on Aug 9, 2011


I totally dug this movie.  The easter eggs were great and Cesar was a character I was really sympathetic to and rooting for in the end. It was so well put together that the movie could have been about his childhoood alone and i probably would have been happy.  *SPOILERRRR**   Then when the movie got all dark and he said "NOOOOO!" was a shockingly awesome moment.  I liked the fact that the apes were looking to escape vs 'take over' as implied in the title (and over used trailer) whereas the actual 'rise' was the effect of the x13 virus.  This sets up beautifully for a sequel for the 'missing astronauts.'  My only real gripe was that the trailer showed (IMO) waaaaaaaaaay too much. Hope this makes for a good franchise!!

Anonymous on Aug 9, 2011


My husband and I cannot believe the rave reviews this movie received. Massive explosions, predictable plot, and too long. we would recommend this movie only to teenage boys. however the CGI was AMAZING.

Gstone12 on Aug 10, 2011


Maybe I am too critical, but the movie was not good. The ethics of the scientists, including the main character, were hazy at best. The inordinate hatred from Malfoy did not make any sense for his job choice. This is really the first few things on a moderately long list. I wanted to like this movie, but ultimately, could not.

Angry Chief on Aug 11, 2011


When Ceasar Said "NO!" it blew my fucking mind!!!!!!!!!!!

Kreber50 on Aug 12, 2011


Went in skeptical at first but was happily impressed with the film. Rise of the Planet of the Apes exceeded in a way most film's dealing with these elements didn't. Ceaser was a character worthy to rival Smeagol/Gollum but this is still 9 years after LOTR. One of the best this year but not the best overall. Unless it gets a sequal it's debatable whether I may own this movie. Great but not incredible.

Vectis on Aug 12, 2011


Andy Serkis should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work as Gollum in LOTR, too. If they can nominate Robin Williams for just doing the VOICE in 'Aladdin', they can nominate Serkis for doing the voice AND the performance.

Anonymous on Aug 14, 2011


"Caeser is home." Enough said.

JohnQuintin on Aug 19, 2011


Half way through the movie I felt I was watching a Godfather movie. This was just SO EPIC in many ways. Def one of the best of 2011.

Lucas Rios on Aug 20, 2011


I loved the way it tied in with the last Apes movie(POA). During this film(Rise) I noticed that on the TV during one scene the news was speaking of the shuttle that went into space from the last film. Then later when the paper boy was throwing papers on the door steps, the news paper showed, that a space ship was lost in space, just the way it happened in the last film. Was this going in conjunction with the last Planet of the Apes? Because that would explain why when the captain comes back to earth, the Apes are in control and he's like 'WTH'! I always wondered how the Apes had taken over on the last movie.Because they were like driving police cars and they had removed President  Lincolns monument and replaced in with an Ape. So now i know how the Apes took over: All the humans were dead from that stupid 'cure' Virus. Genius!  This movie brought a lot of explanation for me. Correct me if im wrong though.

Sweetea on Aug 21, 2011


In the Original wasn't Caesar an Orangutan ??

RLM on Aug 24, 2011


I am old enough to have seen the very first Planet of the Apes movies, This new one with Franco and Serkis  stands up to the others. Granted the story line has changed a little; but nothing is so perfect that it can't be made better with a little change here and there. The changes and added techniques going along with the changes in time. I give it a *** rating.  It was worth seeing.

Jerry Hibbs on Sep 2, 2011


best movie of the summer.....Transformers 3 was the worst

Robby Patterson on Sep 4, 2011


I saw this movie today and I was so happy, I loved Caesar's compassion towards Will and humans and how he was incrediby intelligent to the point where he was able to speak at the movie I've seen all year without a doubt.

Erin on Sep 10, 2011


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Hi I was so made up when my movie arrived by post I could not wait to put it on me and my partner was so in grossed into this movie but to our shock of horror why did it end in a way you think its still continueing then at the end a pilot walks through airport with blood slowly running down one side of his nose? their a continuation to this movie ? .....

Movingline1963 on Jan 20, 2012


you have to watch the credits to really fully understand what happens to the humans and what allows the apes to take over..

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