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Review: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)

DIRECTOR: Rupert Wyatt.

CAST: Andy Serkis, James Franco, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Tyler Labine, David Hewlett, Jamie Harris.

SYNOPSIS: Desperate to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, Will Rodman (Franco) takes home a baby chimpanzee to aid his research. While safe for Will and his father Charles (Lithgow) to live with, after an encounter with a neighbour goes horribly wrong, Caesar is taken away and impounded in terrible conditions. But having shown incredible near-human intelligence, Caesar is not your average ape.

It was all too easy to assume that Rise of the Planet of the Apes was set to be an average summer movie – a rehash of the franchise that, while good, was never going to be groundbreaking stuff. But oh how wrong that was. Continue reading

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