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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

2011 (Rupert Wyatt) PG, 110 minutes

James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis

James Franco is Dr. Will Rodman, a San Francisco scientist whose life with his Alzheimer's-suffering father prompts him to seek a cure. One female chimpanzee responds to a serum Will has developed that helps the brain rejuvenate itself, but is killed before funding is secured.
Will finds the dead chimp's baby, bringing it home for observation. His dad, once a literature professor, names the ape Caesar, and it's soon clear the serum's ability to create superintelligence was passed on in utero. Years later, after Caesar has been raised as a son by Will, his girlfriend (Freida Pinto) and his dad, a violent incident requires Caesar to be transferred to a primate center. There he discovers the owner's cruel son Dodge Landon (Tom Felton) and puts his intellect to work planning a mass primate escape. But first he steals Will's formula to share with the orangutans, chimps and gorillas.
Nods to the original 1968 Apes movie abound (don't miss a Statue of Liberty toy that Caesar plays with), and the idea is planted of lost astronauts who will return to a weakened human race and a changed Earth. 

Joe Neumaier – NY Daily News

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