Despite almost all of the "science" being flawed and contradictory and despite the story following about twelve too many cliches, Serkis and Wyatt bring Caesar stunningly to life and convey enough emotion to supersede most of the terrible writing.
The visual effects are gorgeous. The scenes involving only apes are among the best and most interesting. And the evolution of Ceaser is very well told, even though it seems odd that the smarter an ape gets the more human like it acts. There are some nice throwbacks to the old movies mixed in, despite some of them being a little too obvious.
The original Planet of the Apes was thematically about animal rights, environmentalism, and nuclear disarmament. Right? I had a hard time divining any significant themes from this film. I guess it's a slave revolt, but to what end? It doesn't make sense. It's like Titanic or Schindler's List having happy endings. It's a Hollywood cop-out, but it undermines the rest of the movie. My theory is that this was co-written by too many people. (I enjoyed parts of the movie though, I must say.)
It wasn't as bad as it could've been, but it never really becomes anything special either. Caesar was the only interesting character in the entire film, everyone else is terribly one-dimensional with some shoddy acting to boot. The apes are never a threat (they just want to climb some trees and leave humans alone) and so the big climax doesn't really have any suspense. This concludes the Typing of the Mini-review of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Despite all faults with the storyline I was very entertained with CGI specially on older apes. All ape movement and the action overall pleased the eye as well. The dual meaning of the name of the leader, Caesar/seizure, was also a nice touch.
A surprisingly well done prequel. However, a lot of potencial is left unused behind and the transition from regular apes to speaking and strategically-thinking warrior-apes happens way too fast compared to the rest of the story.
A modern action movie that is not completely idiotic. Saints be praised! That said, it's not like there are a lot of original ideas put forth here. Man shouldn't 'eff with nature, huh? Hmmm, never would have thought of that one. Franco has virtually nothing to do, but he's not what we're here for. Caesar steals the show (in sometimes heartbreaking ways...I'm a sap) and the climactic battle on the Golden Gate Bridge is satisfying, albeit almost completely bloodless. Hooray PG-13!
Visually impressive and well paced. Also impressive was the character development for Caesar without giving him any actual lines. Weak points were the main character's girlfriend, who had no relevance at all and shouldn't have been in the film. Also the change of heart for the main character and the pharma boss was abrupt and unexplained. Besides this though, it's a strong film which turned out much better than the one from ten years earlier.
A great movie. It lived up to my expectations. There are only a few minors that are a bit off, but as it is otherwise very well made, these are soon forgotten. It would probably benefit from having been a bit shorter, simply skipping the whole bridge battle. The interesting thing was to get the background story, so once we see in Caesar's eyes that he knows exactly what to do, and that he can succeed, that is really all we need. The rest we can fill in ourselves. Maybe that is just my opinion.