My husband and I love to watch movies. Although it is always fun to head to the theater, with two young boys we do not get to go often. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a movie we had hoped to see in theaters, but we did not make it. So we were excited when given the opportunity to review the movie on DVD. Here is a synopsis of the movie:
James Franco (127 Hours) stars as Will Rodman, a neuroscientist living in San Francisco trying to develop a cure for Alzheimer's disease by testing on chimpanzees, giving them a human level of intelligence. After a test subject's baby, Caesar, is orphaned, Will decides to raise him at home on his own with his Alzheimer-stricken father (John Lithgow; "Dexter"). What begins simply as a continuation of his experiment quickly turns into a problem for Will, as Caesar is taken away from him and forced to live in a primate facility. As Caesar's intelligence continues to grow, he begins to stake his claim as the leader of his new primate counterparts, which will ultimately lead to the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.
Our thoughts: My husband absolutely loved the movie and I got to admit it was enjoyable to watch. Although chimpanzees are not the cutest monkeys, Caesar as a baby was adorable. And it was interesting to watch the progression of Caesar's intelligence, as well as his distrust and dislike of humanity. It is no surprise that he turns his back on humanity, given the fact that he is taken from the humans he loves, is imprisoned, and then is so poorly mistreated. And although it was not the main idea of the movie, I was routing for Will in hopes that his experimental drug would cure Alzeheimer's Disease since I hope that one day a real cure will be found. This movie will keep you interested and always wondering what will happen next.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the DVD to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and my honest opinion of the movie.