- Posted August 5, 2011 by
Los Angeles, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
iReport at the movies
- DAWN of the PLANET of the APES Interviews with the Cast and Crew; Andy Serkis, Matt Reeves, Terry Notary, Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon
- EARTH TO ECHO Interview with the Cast
- Dick Van Dyke, Martin Sheen and Garrison Keillor on Fatherhood
- Northern Elephant Seal Pups Release, Malibu California
- GRAVITY Interview with Actress Sandra Bullock and Director Alfonso Cuaron
Rise of the Planet of the Apes- James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto....
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is an extraordinary, thought provoking, cautionary tale. Worth the wait, this science fiction prequel to Planet of the Apes is destined to be a classic of it's own.
I would expect nothing less from a film Directed by Rupert Wyatt. He adds just the right touch of sensitivity and intrigue to every scene, creating a believable film. Man's closet kin, the primate... this just could happen.
Interviews In Order Of Appearance-
James Franco- Will Rodman
Freida Pinto- Caroline Aranha
Andy Serkis- Caesar and Joe Letteri- Senior Visual Effects Supervisor
Rupert Wyatt- Director
The Story line-
Will Rodman (James Franco) is a scientist working for a large pharmaceutical company, just on the brink of finding the cure to Alzheimer's. The moment the viewer enters the lab, he is distinctly aware that there is another element to his passionate efforts. The urgency is due to the fact that Will's father has Alzheimer's. Living with his son, Charles' (John Lithgow) daily life is compromised. This unthinkable disease claims the personality of it's victim as well as their ability to function as once they did.
With the promise to be a miracle drug, ALZ-112 repairs the part of the brain that needs rerouting. Will found the test chimpanzees had an increase in intelligence that surpassed all expectations. The side affects were yet to be fully realized.
After a presentation to the corporate investors goes awry, Will watches as all his work crumbles to his feet. Left in his care is the last remaining test ape, Caesar. The mood quickly changes from hope to despair.
John Lithgow's portrayal of a man suffering from Alzheimer's is outstanding. His bond with the chimpanzee, which he names Caesar, is heartfelt. Andy Serkis brilliantly brings Caesar to life through performance capture. He is indeed a master at this craft, and unquestionably the star of the film. Freida Pinto enters as the primate expert, the voice of reason, and the love interest for Will. Beautifully acted, Pinto adds the gentle yet wise words of compassion to the family she comes to love. James Franco's intelligence is evident as the scientist. His struggle, then desperation, matures flawlessly to acceptance.
The interpersonal relationships intertwine, making for a believable storyline. The conflicts and tensions build as the viewer empathizes with the characters in the film. Child or ape, Caesar struggles to form an identity, all the while outgrowing what he associates as home. As the cell to his cage shuts, Caesar's betrayal and anguish will reverberate through one's heart. A revolution is eminent, the oppressed battling the oppressor.
When is it time to let go... a haunting question that will make one ask, "what would I do?"
WETA Digital, (Lord of the Wings trilogy and Avatar), with senior visual effects supervisor, Joe Letteri, creates photo realistic apes and visual effects that will surpass your wildest imagination. The effects are truly phenomenal. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the first movie to be animal free. All animals in the film are computer generated, with actors playing the roles through performance capture.
Although the1968 Planet of the Apes movie is now considered campy science fiction, it was ground breaking at the time. For those who enjoyed this cult classic, you will find little homages to the original throughout the film. A bit of comic relief when emotions are heightened.
The story of ape, man, oppression, and coexisting continues on. We can hope Rupert Wyatt will take this story even further.