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Film Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). The film starts with scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) testing a genetically engineered retrovirus on chimpanzees, with a view to curing Alzheimer's disease in humans. After a female chimp escapes, goes on a rampage, and is killed, Rodman is ordered to put down the remaining chimps in the belief that the retrovirus has caused the behaviour. Later it becomes clear though that the retrovirus was functioning correctly, and the female chimp was actually protecting a baby she had given birth to but that her keepers weren't aware of. The positives about Rise of Planet of the Apes are that it has a reasonably intelligent story (a rebooted story that doesn't follow that of the earlier films), and that James Franco is a good lead. Also although the CG apes are not perfect, they are pretty good, and the scenes with them are often better and less cliché than those with their human counterparts. In terms of negatives, the story is still somewhat predictable and cliché, albeit to a lesser extent than the bulk of it. There are also some minor plot flaws that irritate, but don't ruin the film. Recommended for fans of intelligent science fiction that don't mind a bit of action. 4/5 (Good)
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