Rise of the Planet of the Apes [DVD] [2011]

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98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1338 out of 1366)

Synopsis


Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Escapist director Rupert Wyatt takes the helm for this Planet of the Apes prequel centering on genetically engineered chimp Caesar (Andy Serkis), who was created in a San Francisco lab by an ambitious scientist (James Franco), and who uses his powerful intellect to lead an ape uprising against all of humankind. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • James Franco
    James Franco - Will Rodman
  • Freida Pinto
    Freida Pinto - Caroline Aranha
  • John Lithgow
    John Lithgow - Charles Rodman
  • Andy Serkis
    Andy Serkis - Caesar
  • Brian Cox
    Brian Cox - John Landon



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best in the Series Arrives in Steelbook

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    VandyPrice
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    The original Charlton Heston "Apes" is a film I mostly relegate to childhood memory when I would always seem to catch bits and pieces of it on TV. I never really looked into or realized the subtexts of the story until after Tim Burtons 2001 re-imagining appeared on screen. I have never seen the other films in the original series, but I went into "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" knowing where this all was heading and that is all you really need seeing as this is an origin story. That is part of the intrigue of this project as well, an engaging film has already given us a world audiences are interested in, to see the revolution that led to our roles being switched and how humanity was reduced to nothing more than wild animals ourselves seems, if not only a scheme to make more money off the franchise, at least a credible way to re-boot it. The film has been stacked with A-list actors and top of the line special effects that help create a performance by Andy (Gollum) Serkis as our star ape, Caesar, one of the most memorable and moving performances of the summer. It is a cautionary tale of human ignorance or should I say arrogance and the desire to know more even in the wake of danger. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" doesn't have to give us a reflection of our species as the apes, here, we see our own undoing.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    lives up to the hype loads of easter eggs!

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    kenn
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    "At age 3, Caesar has completed puzzles ages 8 and up. He has been displaying cognitive skills that far exceed that of a human counterpart." Will (Franco) has been working on a cure for alzheimers. He tests his experiments on apes, and thinks that he has finally found what he is looking for. When one dies during the test he is left to take care of her baby. When he takes the little ape home he begins to notice things that aren't normal. This is another movie that exploded in the theaters and I waited to see it till just the other day. What I have noticed lately is that the longer you wait to see a movie this popular it never lives up to what you expect. When everyone says how good the movie is and it's the best movie they have seen your expectations are too high and it always disappoints. This is the exception. This is truely a great movie that is an absolute must see. I did not like the Marky-Mark "Planet Of The Apes" but this one is nothing like that one. This one actually has a story that keeps you interested and you are hooked in from the beginning. The most amazing part of this movie is that there are large chunks of the movie where there is no dialog at all and until someone says something you don't really notice. This movie sucks you in and keeps hold of you until the ending. A must see. Overall, one of the few movies that can actually live up to the hype it has gotten. I easily give it an A. *Also try - Planet Of The Apes

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    "Rise" hits a home run

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    GPB190

    Not only is this the best "Apes" film since the original, i's the best of the entire series. The story is well developed, with a reference to a lost Mars mission that sets up well for a sequel. I also liked the subtle homages to the original sprinkled throughout the film. The acting was adequate with two exceptions. John Lithgow and Andy Sirkus Both gave Oscar worhty performances. Lithgows' performance is both heartwarming and heartrending and Sirkus really brings Caeser alive. The CGI is the best I've seen and should garner an Oscar nomination. I enthusiastically recommend this film to both fans of the series and those who have never seen an "Apes" film but enjoy a well made film with a good story with great acting and production values. Believe me, If you buy this film you will feel you got your monies worth.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Far better than I was expecting

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    jacob
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    My fiance is a movie collector and she picked this up cos she wanted me to watch it before we seen sequel in the theatre... I am not a fan of the Planet of the Apes series so I was not looking forward to watching this one. She insisted I would like it so I gave it a shot mainly to appease her. All and all I was very suprised by this movie! It's far from my favourite movie ever, but it was miles better than what I thought it would be. Of course the plot is pretty far-fectched, but as a sci-fi film I thought it was well done. I think the greatest strength of the film is the emotional bond the viewer will inevitably form with the movies protagonist, Caesar. By movies end you will definitely be rooting for this little guy and all the hardships he endured & overcome throughout the film! I have yet to see the sequel, but I will eventually track it down and give it a watch.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great re-boot

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    Spunger81
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    If you loved the original Planet of the Apes movies, you may not like the new series re-boot. But then again, if you liked the old movies then it may be safe to assume you are a fan of sci-fi, Hollywood films, or interesting stories. This new series is definitely interesting and great movie fun. It has great special effects and even better performances. It takes the Christopher Nolan approach on re telling the origin story by grounding it in a plausible reality. That's the makings of good sci-fi. It lacks the existential 70's flavor of the original films but does an amazing job of introducing a familiar story to new audiences using effects that go way beyond actors wearing masks. The new film only adds to this awesome new series, but this movie is a must for series collectors and anyone who wants a fun movie night. I highly recommend getting this one on Blu-ray.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun new edition of the 'Apes' franchise

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    IanMalcolm
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    Yes, humans are beastly creatures and Charlton Heston deserved what he got in the original 'back to the future' installment. Hollywood's CGI chops are prodigious; we've come a long way from Roddy McDowell's crazy rubber mask. But I confess it felt a bit sterile at times. Clearly someone wrote a new algorithm for breaking glass, so they had to use it over and over. And over. We should conclude that, in addition to getting high-octane brains, the new and improved apes are also made of Kevlar. Those chimps exploded through more glass than a Lawrence Kasdan saloon brawl. But we're all cheering for our newly enlightened cousins, even though we know they'll be hunting us for sport and tearing down Lady Liberty within a few generations. This is a roar of a good time.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than I expected

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    BobExecutive
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    I didn't have many expectations coming into this movie after the awful Tim Burton remake. I found "Rise..." on blu-ray for five dollars on sale at my local Best Buy. I was surprised to find I enjoyed it. That's the long and short of it: I liked it. Andy Serkis is an amazing performance capture artist. James Franco turns in a pretty bland performance, but he's serviceable as a likable good guy. The antagonists are all pretty straight-forward greedy corporate scumbags or nasty, sniveling zookeepers. They're human plot points, driving the story toward the inevitable conclusion. It's a point A to point B tale, with Serkis as a compelling emotional lynchpin. I'm looking forward to the next film, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", and that's saying something.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The start of a great re-boot

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    AZdadoo
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    The modern Planet of the Apes trilogy started with this one! Unlike the original series of movies from the 70's, this series has gotten better with each new film (War for the Planet of the Apes is the most current at the time of writing). And this was a solid start which starts to answer the question how did the apes come to rule the planet? Solid performance all around and ground-breaking (at the time) motion capture for Ceasar. Even if you don't love this film on its own it serves as a great act 1 for the current generation of PotA films. Give it a watch!

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