Rise of the Planet of the Apes

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2

James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis. Sci-Fi action adventure. Written by Scott Frank, Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa. Directed by Rupert Wyatt.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A single action of both compassion and arrogance leads to a devastating war and the rise of the Planet of the Apes. Our hero, James Franco, playing the scientist with a heart, injects a chimp Ė and his dad Ė with a serum that makes you smarter and hopefully will cure Alzheimerís disease. Guess what? Not everything goes to plan. The apes become smarter and revolt against human barbarism. Oh yes, barbarism. Aside from the lead, his dad and the pretty lab assistant, our planet seems populated by nothing but cruel, greedy and unfeeling humans who deserve their fate.

PREVIEW REVIEW: On one hand, itís inventive science fiction. Good sci-fi usually contains metaphor and symbolism, as well armrest-grabbing thrills. All that is here, along with an abundance of CGI magic that amazes. On the other hand, itís pretty silly stuff. My prejudice stems from my dislike of monkeys or their kin. I always found Cheeta annoying, King Kong perverted (what, he canít get an ape chick?), and a planet ruled by baboons and gibbons too near Congressional reality. But for those who have wondered how the Earth came under primate power, Riseís ending tells the tale.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
20th Century Fox

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: One obscenity and one or two minor expletives.

Profanity: One profane use of Godís name.

Violence: Some jolting sequences; brutality is shown towards the primates; when the apes finally escape, they prove to be a formidable enemy; lots of shooting, beating, car crashes, explosions and other forms of mayhem. Some blood is seen.

Sex: A couple live together outside marriage, they are seen sleeping together, but no sexual situations.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: The animals are given experimental drugs.

Other: None

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: 12 and up

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