I made it unscathed, unharmed, but still mentally drained through the first movie that I have seen in the theaters in over a year. Don’t get me wrong, I am no recluse or hermit who never comes out of his house and is blinded by the Sun when he does. Nope, watching movie at home is bad enough with all the commercials that I can’t even fast forward through anymore before the movie even begins. At the theaters it’s even worse. The previews last twice as long and I can’t necessarily leave in the middle to go do something else . I love the previews, don’t get me wrong, but at some point I would like to watch the movie that I dished out hard-earned dollars, not to mention time, to come and see.

Luckily the movie that I came to see, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was awesome.

No, I mean it! Yes, it was a prequel and was just another rub in the face of how Hollywood has lost all – well, almost all – originality. But for this movie someone actually sat down, and thought about what they wanted to write and the points they wanted to get across before they started filming.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes follows a doctor Will Rodman in his efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, which he has succeeds in curing in chimps. However, when one of the specimens crashed through the window of a board of directors meetings, he is forced to abandon his work. As a result all of the chimps are order destroyed, but when on unknown baby chimp turns up in one of the other chimps cell, Rodman can’t bring himself to destroy it, so he takes it home. There he discovers that the effects of the drug – increased mental ability and greater memory – has been passed onto the baby chimp which we witness grow into adulthood, becoming smarter than human adolescence his age. But when the chimp, Caesar, attached someone, Will is forced to send him to a sanctuary where he feels abandon and finds himself isolated from the other chimps because of his intelligence.

That all soon changes, however, when Caesar forces the lead chimp to hand over leadership of the others through the use of a Gorilla which Caesar has helped by freeing him from his cage where he has apparently spent a very long time isolated and locked away. Soon after this, Caesar finds a way to escape and eventually makes his way back to Will‘s house where he finds viles of the virus that makes him intelligence. Thinking that this could lead to bigger and better things, Caesar takes the canisters and shares them with the other apes at the sanctuary, in effect becoming their Prometheus.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes had a solid story line that connected all the pieces perfectly together from beginning to end with the perfect blend of action and character development. This may be another remake, but if Hollywood continues making stories this solidly, only with an original ideas, I might start to regain some of my faith in their movie making ability.

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