ANDREW COLLINS:FILM OF THE DAY Rise of the Planet of the Apes★★★★ 8.00-10.00pm C4
If, like me, you grew up obsessed with the original Planet of the Apes series — five films, the TV spin-off, the Marvel comics, the bubblegum cards — you may have initially regarded the 2011 reboot with sniffy suspicion. (Let’s gloss over the 2001 Tim Burton movie!) However, using the motion-capture technology pioneered by the Lord of the Rings trilogy and now commonplace, this thoroughly modern addition to the mythology revives intelligent ape Caesar in the empathetic, expressive form of Andy Serkis, who brings a new anthropological realism to what is essentially a remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes from 1972. James Franco’s scientist hopes to cure his father’s Alzheimer’s and secretly raises Caesar at home, but when the chimp questions his own captivity and is taken away from the kindly Franco, an ape revolution brews. Thrilling and thought-provoking, it paves the way brilliantly for sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with War for the Planet of the Apes due in 2017.