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PG-13| 1 hr. 45 min.

Plot Summary
Will Rodman (James Franco), a scientist in San Francisco, is experimenting with a drug that he hopes will cure his father's (John Lithgow) Alzheimer's disease. After his work is deemed a failure, Will becomes the guardian of Caesar, an infant chimp who was exposed in-utero to Will's drug. Caesar displays unusual intelligence, and Will decides to continue his experiments secretly. But as Caesar's intellect and abilities grow, he comes to represent a threat to man's dominion over Earth.

Cast: James Franco , Freida Pinto , John Lithgow , Brian Cox , Tom Felton , David Oyelowo , Andy Serkis , Tyler Labine

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Genres: Science fiction, Adventure, Action

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Release Date: August 5th, 2011|1 hr. 45 min.

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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The movie rises and, at times, even soars. This is all - and I do mean all - thanks to what human actors in league with computer technology can now achieve to bring the apes to life. No more guys squeezed into monkey suits and talking in posh accents. Performance-capture makes all the difference. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It is not what could be fairly called a bad movie, but neither is it fine enough to be a good one, with its lineup of dull characters and a limp story that functions like a conveyor belt. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The cautionary tale feels surprisingly fresh and entertaining, given that this is the fifth "Planet of the Apes" film since the 1968 original. show more

  • June 03, 2012 dg00000000125361
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    This movie defiantly had my attention from the get go. It was worth watching but I was hoping for a bit more action. There was only about 10 min of solid action in the movie. I was really hoping for a battle but, I guess I still have part 2. Otherwise, great Friday night movie!

  • June 02, 2012 hannahbanana5998
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    Awesome movie! Very action packed and was a total hit for me and my kids!!! This is definately a movie worth to buy!

  • January 10, 2012 jackd1207
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    I\'m not a big fan of films that , purely based on the subject matter, must rely on so much CGI. At no time was I unaware of the fact that I was looking at computer generated images. That aside, the story line was fairly weak, though the real actors\' acting was pretty good. The best I can say for this movie is, it wasn\'t terrible.

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