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Rise of Planet of the Apes: Computer-generated brilliance

Still from the movie "Rise of the Planet of the Apes ."   | Photo Credit: WETA

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Movie: Rise of Planet of the Apes

Cast: James Franco, Frieda Pinto, Andy Serkis

“God Bless CGI,” I muttered as the credits rolled down the screen. We are in the era of reboots; “Rise of Planet of the Apes” is the latest to join the series. Not only did this film manage to provide everything that the sequels couldn't, but at the same time brought forth a very cleverly written script that raised the bar in scriptwriting.

Plot

A female ape, nicknamed ‘Bright eyes' leaves behind a baby ape, in Gen-Sys, a San Francisco-based company, which specialises in advancements in medicine and scientific research. Will Rodman (James Franco), the lead genetic engineer adopts the baby ape, calls him Caeser and gives all that possibly his own mother could have never given.

Caeser, unlike other apes is smart and intelligent, with very high I.Q. All thanks to ALZ-112, a drug manufactured to cure Alzheimer that Will administered on Bright eyes. At age five, Caeser develops intelligence much beyond normal human's capability. With this very intelligence, Caeser when exposed to ill-treatment to his own kind at an ape sanctuary, prepares other primates to take over humans in a war for supremacy.

Technically sound

This film is blessed with everything that you could possibly wish for as a film enthusiast. Unlike other “Planet of the Apes” films, this one did not have actors wearing ape-suits and running around but instead CGI facilitated apes that looked so real, I wouldn't differentiate even if they were made to stand next to real apes. Brilliant!

Few moments in the film paint plausibility on screen, but before they could convince you completely, these are taken care of by Rupert Wyatt, the director. James and Frieda were decent in their roles, nothing spectacular. But, it was the mesmerizing, ground-breaking performance from Andy Serkis as the ape Caesar that made me stand and applaud towards the end. Ceaser's emotions were so brilliantly portrayed by Andy. Unbelievable!

Bottomline: This rise is one of the best I've seen in ages.


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