Monday, September 8, 2014

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

IMDb plot summary: A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt. Starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, and John Lithgow.

I wasn't sure how I would feel about this one, but I really enjoyed it. The scenes with the apes are beautiful examples of telling a lot of story and developing clear characters without dialogue -- something I'm always impressed by. It manages to have a lot of good action going on without getting overwhelming or feeling tedious for me. Now I'm especially intrigued to see Dawn sometime.

4 stars.

Flickchart: #506 out of 2216, below They Live and above GoodFellas. It's slightly too high because it's above the original Planet of the Apes, which isn't accurate, but it's close.

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