Sunday, August 7, 2011

Thoughts on "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

"I think the moral of this story is that if you create a race of genetically engineered creatures, you should treat them humanely and with respect." -- One of my autistic clients following a movie.  Different movie, same moral.

D' and I just got back from watching "Rise of the Planet of the Apes".  This re-imaging of the original "Planet of the Apes" franchise was extremely well down, in my opinion.  It is the story of a young scientist who is working to develop a cure for Alzheimer's disease.  He has genetically engineered a retrovirus, which is being tested on chimpanzees.  He ends up secretly raising the infant of his most successful test subjects and quickly discovers that the effects of the retrovirus passed from mother to child.  That child, named Caesar, eventually ends up in an abusive ape sanctuary.  Over time, Caesar exposes other apes to the retrovirus, which has been manipulated into an air born virus, and eventually leads the apes from the sanctuary, the testing facility, and a nearby zoo towards rebellion.  After a bit of monkey madness, the apes escape San Francisco to their new base of operations at a nearby redwood forest. 

The special effects were amazing, but didn't distract from the movie or take over the plot. I expected more carnage, but the apes were more interested in getting out of the city than killing off civilians. It's possible that their's will be a bloodless coup, but I can't imagine that the apes will take over the planet without a fight.  The apes have risen.  Now I want to see them take over.  Hopefully we will see a sequel soon.

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