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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 60
    Jeannette CatsoulisNPR

    Evincing more visible intelligence than any of his human co-stars aside from Lithgow, Caesar is disquietingly lifelike. show more

  • 45
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    Too earnest and dour to be a silly bit of summer fun, but it's not exactly scientifically sound, either. show more

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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
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