Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
While James Franco is definitely an actor worth watching throughout his career, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, but there may be more to this upcoming thriller than just an astounding ensemble cast.
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” shows us what happens when humans try to play God, a mistake that hopefully remains in the creative, but sometimes disturbed minds of screenwriters and directors. James Franco plays a scientist who stumbles upon a chemical that induces extreme brain development and evolution, and uses it on apes, closest in DNA to humans. What happens next is everything blows out of proportion, and James Franco does not have the omnipresent detachment to put the creatures out of their misery before it is too late.
While the CGI is certainly appealing, allow us to step back and take a chill pill, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is so stupid. So a couple scientists teach a couple monkeys ABC, then the monkeys become gorillas with the insane desire to achieve individual freedom through what, the Declaration of Independence, and we, the People, do not have the guts to put a bullet through these mutant creatures even though they are destroying the only world we know. Okay, so who wrote this? Oh wait, it has been in cinema history for ages! Why?! Why do we allow this?!
So to sum it up, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” reminds me of:
I come. I see. I conquer… bananas?
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is a 7/10.