Staff Writerpositive comments. Rotten Tomatoes even praised the movie with a 95% score, up 13 notches from Rise. Front runner Caeser [Andy Serkis] is back as the dominating leader of the Apes and the movie takes place a decade after the Simian Flu takes over the human race; a virus that the apes are immune to. Caeser is faced with a band of survivors that have come to confront him with the deafening words “I need to speak with Caeser!” in the Redwood forest where the apes reside. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was the most emotional of all of the Apes franchise in which the predecessors were mostly characters that were set to dominate the world. This is perhaps why Matt Reeves took the role as director in place of Rupert Wyatt who had directed the Apes franchise before. But, due to time constraints, he was unable to complete the film in its entirety and the vision he had for it. As a matter of fact, Reeves had initially decided not to do the project, but after he was given the go ahead to take the film in any creative direction he wanted, he jumped on board and created a spectacular masterpiece. In a candid interview, Reeves talks about his obsession with the Planet of the Apes movies and how he feels that we are apes ourselves.
As a kid what I found exciting is looking at the ferociousness of the apes and finding it both terrifying and thrilling. I definitely wanted to become an ape and I loved all the John Chambers makeup. That’s how I connected as a kid.The beginning of the film is pure ape world; we are transcended into nearly 20 minutes of just ape interaction. While Rise was shot primarily on stage, Dawn is 85% on location. A vision that Reeve had when he started production. The movie is purely about Caeser and him dominating in the world and with his family that he now has. In particular, a son. We all know that James Franco possibly died in between this era and the last time we had seen him, but Reeves told me that:
Without giving anything away, he makes an appearance [Franco] not like literally seeing James Franco obviously as he is not in the movie, but he is in the movie in a way that refers to the last movie.Planet of the Apes opened to theaters on July 10, 2014 Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!