Starring: James Franco, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto and Andy Serkis
Directed by: Rupert Wyatt (THE ESCAPIST)
Story: Rise of the Apes is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. (20th Century Fox)
Bottom Line: Hollywood saves one it’s best for last this summer movie-going season and delivers a riveting, compelling and thrilling piece of campy, B-level, drive-in theater, popcorn cinema. Through the use of mind-bending special effects and simple yet effective scriptwriting APES evolves in to an adventurous, action-packed and emotionally-taught edge-of-your-seat story of compassion turned ignorance. The filmmakers rose to the occasion of RISE and I’m now looking forward to a few more sequels to see where this exciting prequel/reboot goes… At the risk of losing a few followers, I’m just gonna go ahead and say it - I’m bananas for this monkey movie!