Origin Story Of Cult Classic

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is an origin story being touted as both prequel and reboot (make up your mind!) of the classic Apes series. There's been massive speculation over the movie, from it's many title changes, the use of cgi, it's ever shifting release date and how the story will fit into the wider arc of the existing movies. One things for sure, it can't be any worse than Tim Burton's (well intentioned but badly executed) remake disaster.

Set in present day San Francisco, it tells the story of how the apes become intelligent, their subsequent revolt and usurping of humanity. James Franco plays a neurologist who is using apes as part of his research into a potential Alzheimer’s treatment. The direct and unexpected result of these experiments are that one of the apes, Caesar, begins to display massively increased intelligence. What ensues is a predictably cautionary tale about genetic engineering, testing on animals and our dominion over the animal kingdom.

Master of motion capture Andy Serkis (King Kong, Gollum) plays and voices Caesar who has been realistically created by Peter Jacksons incredible WETA workshop. And the rest of the cast isn't too shabby either, featuring the talents of John Lithgow, Brian Cox, David Oyelowo and Freida Pinto.

So, was it worth making? Is it a confused hybrid of 'Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes'? Was motion capture the right way to do it? Watch the trailer below to whet your appetite for all things ape.

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