• Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: August 5th, 2011

DVD Release Date: December 13th, 2011

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 , Action , Adventure

Production Co: Chernin Entertainment

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Rivalry , Emotional , Gripping , Girlfriend , Quest , Father , 2010s , Transformation ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A shamelessly fun B-movie with A-movie effects. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Strong action, special effects and by far the most credible ape "performances" yet seen will spell box office to inspire chest-thumping in all markets. show more

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Judged, though, as the action extravaganza it means to be, Rise of the Planet of the Apes wins high marks for originality, and takes top honors for spectacle. show more

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Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
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