Monday, 23 January 2012
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 
Planet of the Apes has been amongst the longest running as also one of the most successful film series. The 1968 original spawned four sequels as also a remake by Tim Burton. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the latest addition to the 43-year old franchise, is a prequel to the first film. The film chronicles how Caesar, the offspring of a genetically modified chimpanzee, which was secretly taken to his home and made part of his family by a scientist (James Franco) engaged in cutting-edge research on finding a cure for Alzheimer, eventually takes the evolutionary leap owing to his high intelligence; he becomes the leader of a revolution against the humans by the chimps, thus kick-starting a fight for world dominance. The movie boasts of spectacular special-effects and a number of scintillating set-pieces and action sequences. The superbly staged and choreographed face-off at the Golden Gate Bridge is worth watching. However, that said, this isn't that memorable a film after all. To be frank, it takes the narrative far more time than desirable to reach its crescendo; perhaps the director was at a loss as to whether he should go for a perceptive social commentary or make a muscular action film, and he got stuck at no-man’s land in the process. Including such elements as a power-hungry boss, a sadistic janitor, etc., too seemed clichéd. Nonetheless, the film turned out to be a reasonably engaging watch despite its failings. The relationship between Caesar and his foster father, and especially his changing persona and behaviour (from that of a friendly pet to the leader of a violent rebellion), have been very well captured.
Director: Rupert Wyatt