One seldom comes across a Hollywood sci-fi flick which are built on state of the art technology and infused with great deal of human drama. ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ is one such film that both stimulates intellectually and emotionally.
Rupert Wyatt’s ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ which stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis and John Lithgow, portrays what happens when one messes with nature.
‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ is the story of Will Rodman (Franco), a scientist who wants to find the cure for Alzheimer’s disease as his father (Lithogow) is acutely suffering from it. In his search of a panacea, Will stumbles upon a wonder drug - ALZ 112 and starts testing it on chimps. Things are fine till one of the female chimps goes crazy and has to be terminated. Yet, before the chimp dies, she gives birth to a baby, which is secretly smuggled by Will into a safe custody.
As time passes, Will discovers the extra-ordinary intelligence of Caesar (Serkis) and soon becomes an inseparable part of the scientist’s family. The film traces Caesar’s growth as an infant to a fully grown primate, where Will is almost like a father figure to him, thereby portraying his relationship with each member of Rodman family, be it Will, his girlfriend (Freida) or his father. The thought of being abandoned by Will and his family leaves a deep impact on Caesar’s psyche as when one of Will’s experiments goes horribly wrong, Caesar is incarcerated and he vows to take revenge against the entire human race.
‘Rise of the Planet of Apes’ is an intelligent and sensitive portrayal of human and apes. The movie comes alive when powerful primates create pandemonium in the city of San Francisco in their war for existence. Watch out for James Franco and Andy Serkis as Will and Caesar, whose relationship is like a mottled rainbow, revealing each and every emotion that exists within the human heart.
‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ is a must watch with friends and family.
Ratings: Four cheers for this one!