Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rupert Wyatt (2011)

12A Certificate


Our Score
This fresh reboot of an enduring franchise focuses on one chimpanzee, Caesar (a combination of Andy Serkis and CGI), who is taken into the home of scientist Will Rodman (James Franco). It's the only way Rodman can continue experimenting with a possible cure for Alzheimer's after being shut down. Caesar's intelligence multiplies as he continues to receive the drug, but a violent attack on Franco's neighbour results in him being impounded with apes of normal brain power. There, he begins to plot his escape and exact revenge on the humans who've done him wrong. It's a thrilling story, occasionally let down by clunky dialogue and hammy human acting (John Lithgow, Brian Cox). But these are minor niggles when held against director Rupert Wyatt's breathtaking action sequences, most notably a battle on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. The special effects, from the team behind Avatar, are mind-blowing, and easily distract from the muddied morals of a script that asks only vague questions about man playing God.


A scientist carries out genetic experiments on apes, hoping to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. A chimpanzee used in the tests develops superior intelligence and becomes outraged at the human race's cruel treatment of his kind, forming his fellow primates into an army to overthrow mankind. Sci-fi thriller, starring James Franco, Freida Pinto and Andy Serkis.

Cast & Crew

Will Rodman James Franco
Caroline Aranha Freida Pinto
Charles Rodman John Lithgow
John Landon Brian Cox (1)
Steven Jacobs David Oyelowo
Dodge Landon Tom Felton
Caesar Andy Serkis
Franklin Tyler Labine
Hunsiker David Hewlett
Irena Chelah Horsdal
Director Rupert Wyatt
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Aug 2011