• Joe Belton

    ★★★★½ Watched by Joe Belton 28 Aug, 2014

    With the recent release of the sequel to this film, I decided to watch this and I can't believe I didn't watch this when it came out.

    Andy Serkis puts in a stunning performance as Caesar but it is unfortunate that I can't say the same about James Franco who was balancing on the line between average and fairly decent.

    I have never been a huge Planet of the apes fan and I have only seen the original and the…


  • Andrew Willis

    ★★★½ Watched by Andrew Willis 28 Aug, 2011

    I have never seen any of the Planet of the Apes movies. I have seen bits and pieces, but never any of them all the way through. I do know the basic premises of most of them. One thing that I do know about them is that they are usually metaphors for something else. The first one was about racism, another was about consumerism and so on.

    In the trailer for this movie it looked as if the film makers…



    ★★★★ Added by KMOKLER

    A beautifull looking movie as well as a well filmed movie that is better than everyone expected thanks to the beautiful motion capture work from Andy Serkis


  • soupydoupyy

    ★★★★½ Watched by soupydoupyy 19 Aug, 2014

    This is a great restart for the franchise, a fine example of a series that revamps itself for a modern audience. We have seen what it is like for the Apes to be fully in control, but we haven't seen it the other way. This one has the ability to engage a broader audience I believe since it goes a more 'realistic' route I would say. The Alzheimer's cure is a useful emotional trigger and it adds a level of…


  • Michael

    ★★★ Watched by Michael 22 Aug, 2011

    The apes are amazing in close up but never quite escape CGI artificiality in motion. The actors are all good but given little to do except embody basic caricatures, establish plot points , and move from place to place. I enjoyed it for what it was, though, and it does rise a bit above the sum of it's parts. There are several references to the original Apes films; some subtle and well-integrated, others a bit awkward and obvious.


  • MDF

    ★★★★ Added by MDF

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes taps into our fascination with other animals. How are they similar? How are they different? This film examines this through it's dynamic story and good pacing. The CGI is rough at times, however there are a few close ups that are pretty spectacular at times. I liked this far more than I expected to.


  • Ben Cornish

    ★★ Watched by Ben Cornish 22 Aug, 2014

    Pedestrian pilot.


  • crumzy

    ★★★★ Added by crumzy

    "Caesar loves humans more than apes", Koba accuses his leader and former ally early in the film with an expression of profound disbelief. Both apes understood the threats the humans posed to their tribe's survival, but Koba was shocked that by refusing to destroy them in their moment of weakness, Caesar was risking the humans becoming stronger and more dangerous, thereby seeming to care more about the humans' survival rather than the apes'. Koba could not forget how the humans…


  • Ocho

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Ocho 20 Aug, 2014 1

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.


  • Mauricio Xavier

    ★★★½ Watched by Mauricio Xavier 17 Aug, 2014

    I can't fit this below in an organic way, so: the racial imagery of the firehoses is kind of super icky. Sorry, guys, I know you meant well, but comparing monkeys with black people is not cool. Moving on.

    It's almost unfair how easy it is to root for the uprising of the apes (there's a new title. go for it, Fox) because there's absolutely nothing interest in the humans whatsoever. If they were not humans, if the natural empathy…


  • Lena

    Rewatched by Lena 16 Aug, 2014

    Ein ungerecht behandelter Außenseiter wird durch seine Gewitztheit zum Anführer der Ausgegrenzten und Unterdrückten - das ist die typische Helden- oder Schurkengeschichte. Bemerkenswert ist vor allem, dass der Film diese Geschichte so effektiv mit einem beinahe wortlosen Helden erzählt. Eben weil sie so fundamental und daher leicht nachvollziehbar ist? Interessant ist auch die zweischneidige Darstellung von Fortschritt, dessen Folgen auf der einen Seite unvorhersehbar sind, anderen aber erst ein Leben in Freiheit ermöglicht, weil den Feinden nicht anders beizukommen ist.…


  • Mark Boszko

    ★★★★ Watched by Mark Boszko 19 Jul, 2014

    Much better than I expected it to be. Really compelling stuff.