This movie had an appropriate amount of monkey fighting.
I hope that people will end up considering this to be one of the great blockbusters; I think it's worthy of inclusion.
The main difference between this and Die Hard, Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, etc. is what I think is a larger trend in today's movies (according to my totally unscientific survey of the movies of today and yesterday) - a lack of a sense of fun. It's a fairly dark and serious story, and the moments of exhilaration are…
Oh, he's a smart one, isn't he?
Now this is how you reboot a franchise. I didn't care much for Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes for various reasons, the main one being I didn't think it was a very good film. It's the third film in a week from Burton that I mention not liking, I'd just like to say that I actually like the rest of his filmography quite a bit.
First of all…
With "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," director, Rupert Wyatt, and company strike gold, putting together one of the best science fiction, special effects-based films of the decade. Combining a compelling story and tapping into a beloved mythology, the film is narratively engrossing, grown up, and respectful of what came before it.
While existing perfectly well as a stand-alone film, this prequel to 1968's "Planet of the Apes" is exceptionally well made. It boasts exemplary special effects, and the…
Can’t decide what to watch tonight? Are you torn between a hard sci-fi medical research film? A blockbuster action movie? A tear jerking drama about fatherhood and mental illness? A prison movie? A remake of a beloved classic?
Buddy, I’ve got one easy solution: watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It’s got all of the above, and it’s bloody good.
Rise... is full of emotion, humour, tension and nods to the original that should be shit but work…
This movie will be the bar by which I judge all future Hollywood action films.
No reason why every movie can't be this awesome.
I went speechless and was gasping for breath when that monkey shouted NOOOOOOOOOOO.
The best blockbuster in years.
It has a cracking and easily digestible story. Andy Serkis is amazing, with Franco and Lithgow not slouching either. Wyatt's direction feels fresh without straying from what has worked for decades, sometimes sticking to the book is a good thing (ahem Burton's Planet remake). The film is also a punchy length, at 104 minutes it doesn't even get the chance to be bloated like most blockbusters these days. It also has some timely messages about the world today, messages that will resonant for decades to come.
Is it perfect? God no, but it is rip-snorting entertainment and I love it.
For a special effects driven summer blockbuster it is amazing that what we end up with isn't a mindless action film but instead a rather touching character study. Most of the column inches have focused on the impressive effects and it is easy to see why. Whilst the apes still looked computer generated they are so expressive that their artificiality slips away and you buy into them as living breathing creatures. Serkis and WETA deliver their best work here, providing…
I was pleased with this successful attempt to reboot the Planet of the Apes franchise: Needless to say, the Tim Burton version now is definitively buried, and more plausible explanations are now in place to tell the story on how the apes managed to dominate the Earth. All the elements have been put in place not only to give a compelling story in this film, but in subsequent ones.
In the 1967 movie (and all the sequels that came after…
My film of last year.
Action and emotion packed. It's not only worthy to share a box-set with Heston's classic, in my book it surpasses it.
....and A FUCKING MONKEY RIDES A FUCKING HORSE.