Caesar cozies into his human home for an inverse version of the first “Apes” movie (with shades of “Curious George”), if mostly without incident, despite foreboding static with a neighbor (David Hewlett). “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). Ape and human violence. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Opens on Friday nationwide. Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes.WITH: James Franco (Will Rodman), Freida Pinto (Caroline), John Lithgow (Charles Rodman), Brian Cox (John Landon), Tom Felton (Dodge), David Oyelowo (Steven Jacobs), David Hewlett (Hunsiker), Andy Serkis (Caesar) and Terry Notary (Bright Eyes/Rocket).
This movie about how apes rise up against the humans who would trap them, cage them and use them in medical experiments is a stunning job of back-engineering the familiar "Planet of the Apes" story and another leap forward in performance capture animation. Dad gives him the name Caesar. The month of August kicks off with the last potential summer blockbuster, PG-13 sci-fi prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes from 20th Century Fox (NWS). Universal (GE) also opens R-rated body switching comedy The Change-Up starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. Planet of the Apes will dominate the charts this weekend while The Change-Up will likely debut near the bottom of the Top 5.Back in 2001, 20th Century Fox attempted to revive the classic sci-fi franchise with Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. The prequel/reboot stars James Franco, John Lithgow and Andy Serkis. The last Planet of the Apes performed well due to the brand name recognition of the property and the strength of Tim Burton’s name. This time around, the apes aren’t going to fare as well.Apes has had multiple title changes through its development and has had its release date shuffled a few times.The trailer for the film is only okay. The film stars Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman as the two friends.