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Film Review: Rise of the Planets of the Apes

Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt

Today, I finally decided to go see the film, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. This film is not a prequel, a sequel nor a remake. It’s a complete re-boot. It tells a whole new original story of the “Planet of the Apes” franchise, which takes place in our current time.

Here is my review…

Plot/synopsis: This film is taken place in San Francisco. It tells a story of a young scientist named, Will Rodman (James Franco) who worked on a science experiment that will cure Alzheimer’s disease. Will’s father, Charles Rodman (John Lithgow) has Alzheimer’s and he wants to make his father better.

To test out the experiment, they use chimpanzees. The Alzheimer’s virus mutates the chimpanzees, which makes the animals more human. They use a female chimpanzee named, “Bright Eyes” for testing, but she is killed after she disrupts a board meeting because she felt her baby chimp is threatened. Instead they use her baby chimp for testing and Will Rodman keeps the baby chimp. He named the baby chimp, Caesar. Later, Caesar escapes from the primate facility where he is being kept. Caesar rescues the other apes and the apes decide to take over San Francisco. 

I was a little worried that this film was going to suck, but to my surprise. This turned out to be an excellent film. I believe this film was inspired from the old “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” because both of these films are very similar, although it wasn’t meant to be a remake.

I was impressed on how realistic “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was. They did a great job on making apes being more believable that they can be more human. This film will make you realize that apes do have emotions and feelings like humans do. It’s not just an action movie, it’s got a serious story to tell too. This film wants people to believe that apes can be a part of this world as well.

The animated character of Caesar who is voiced by Andy Serkis, is one of the best movie characters in a long time. I have a feeling that Andy Serkis could get Oscar nominated for this role. Andy Serkis is most famous for his role as Gollum for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

I also think there is a possibility that John Lithgow could get an Oscar nomination nod for Best Supporting Actor. As predicted, Lithgow killed it with his acting in this movie. It was nice to see him on the big screen again because he haven’t had a live action big screen movie in a long while. He’s been doing so much TV work and animated films as of late.

When you watch the apes in this movie, they want you to see they have different emotions. They can be funny, lovable, angry, evil, sad, etc.

I thought Freida Pinto was smoking hot in this film. James Franco did an okay job, but I wished they picked a better male lead with acting talent. Somebody that can really get you into the film.

I also had a blast with the action scenes. The Golden Gate Bridge scene at the end was pretty amazing.

My only complaint is that I wish the film was a lot longer. It should have been a good 2 and a half hours long. I thought there was more of a story to tell and they did kind of leave open for a sequel, of course. I hope they do a new “Planet of the  Apes” film where it’s taken place in New York City so they can explain the Statue of Liberty thing at the end of the original movie, that would take this franchise to an interesting turn.

In the theater I was in, I was surprised on how many old people were in there to see the film. The audience was mostly people around 50 – 80 years of age. I guess all the old timers were big fans of the original films with Charlton Heston and this new film brings back memories to those.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was a great homage to the original films. I loved it!

Kev

Score for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” = **** (4 stars as in “Excellent”)

Brock reviews: “Dexter – Season 4”

So last night, I watched the final two episodes of “Dexter – Season 4”. I was very impressed with this season, and I think this is the best season like everyone else. John Lithgow was the special guest as the Trinity Killer, which he won a Golden Globe award for this show. Michael C. Hall also won a Golden Globe award for this Season, which both awards are well deserved. While John Lithgow did an amazing job, playing the villain, this isn’t the first time he played a villain. Lithgow played a villain in many Hollywood films such as “Cliffhanger”, “Ricochet”, “Raising Cain”, and “Santa Clause: the Movie”.

I think “Season 4” of Dexter is the darkest one of them all. There are some pretty big twists and turns this season. It kept you guessing ’til the very end. The ending to “Season 4” was so shocking, I don’t want to tell what happens, but I can give you a clue that another important character of the series got killed off. I’m not saying who.

In this season, Dexter continues to follow “The Code” on where he kills bad people to add blood to his slide collection. He also killed a few innocent people which weren’t part of his code. Nobody really found out who Dexter really is, but the Trinity Killer (Lithgow) found out who he was toward the end. The Trinity Killer is a different monster than Dexter, who was obsessed with killing innocent women.

This show continues to be addicting. I’ve been loving every episode I’ve seen. I’m already looking forward to “Season 5”. Since “Season 5” is not on DVD yet, I will order Showtime channel this week so I can watch “Season 5” on their ON DEMAND thing.

I’ll catch up with “Dexter” before the new Season 6 starts airing on Showtime in Sept. I’ve also watched a few more episodes of “Lost” last night. I will review the first season of “Lost” after I finish it which will be a while. The first season of “Lost” is a pretty long season.

Kev

About John Lithgow’s comeback to the movies, he is coming back!!!

I was just doing a little research on actor comebacks in the list for the previous post and I just found out that John Lithgow is making a major comeback to the big screen. He has a major role for the upcoming, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, movie, but wikipedia or IMDB didn’t say what character he is playing. After finding this article, John is playing James Franco’s father in the film. Since John is playing a guy who has Alzheimer’s, expect for some really GOOD acting chops by John that could be Oscar worthy for an supporting actor award. Now that I know that John is in this movie, I’m really looking forward to it now. I forgot he signed on to this movie.

Kev

Thought: John Lithgow should re-team with Sly for Expendables 2 as a villain role…

Another actor Sly should re-team with for “Expendables 2” is John Lithgow. As some of you already know, John Lithgow already teamed with Sly as the main villain for the action flick, “Cliffhanger” (pictured above). Would John make a great lead villain for Sly in “Expendables 2”? Absolutely!

While everyone on the internet is listing all these movie stars to star in the sequel, it is kind of weird how Lithgow was never mentioned once. In the first “Expendables” movie, I didn’t care for Eric Roberts villain role, it just didn’t work. I think a role like that would be more suited for Lithgow. Lithgow played the villain in so many films in the past, he is currently playing a villain in HBO’s “Dexter”.

I think John Lithgow would make a great addition to the “Expendables” cast. Lithgow never gets a mention because the guy is so underrated, aka not so popular. If I had to give casting advice to Sly, I would say go for Lithgow as one of the main villains. Lithgow has great acting chops when he does play the villain. Lithgow does a great job on getting people to hate the guy.

I would like to see Sly and John re-team again. It be like Gabe Walker and Eric Qualen back together again!

Kev

Report: John Lithgow returns to playing a villain in HBO’s “Dexter” for 4th Season only…

Actor John Lithgow has joined the cast of HBO’s “Dexter” for the fourth season only. Don’t remember who John Lithgow is? For most of his career, he has starred in a slew of Hollywood movies, then he stopped doing movies for a while to do TV sitcoms like “3rd Rock From the Sun” and “Twenty Good Years”. When “Twenty Good Years” got cancelled, John Lithgow moved on to the theatre stage, and to make music albums for children.

John Lithgow is known to play controversial villains in such films like, “Raising Cain”, “Ricochet”, “Santa Clause: The Movie”, “Footloose” and Stallone’s, “Cliffhanger”.

In “Dexter” John is set to play a vicious serial killer. It looks like John will be playing a prisoner serving a life sentence.

Variety Reports:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118004217.html?categoryid=14&cs=1

I don’t know why John stopped doing Hollywood films. He should make a big screen return. Everytime he tried TV, he fails. He is a decent actor and a funny guy. I like Lithgow.

Glad he’s back to playing the badguy again! I’ll tune in to “Dexter” to see if he still has the acting chops playing the villain again which I’m sure he still does. When he played the villain in movies like “Raising Cain”, “Ricochet” and “Cliffhanger”, John is a fucking psycho!!! He’s so scary as a villain which I think is what he does best at.

Kev