Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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Actors: James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis, John Lithgow
Release Date: 2011

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The Contender: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis and John Lithgow
Release Date: August 5
The One-Two Punch: The familiar franchise gets a thoroughly modern reboot with James Franco taking the reigns and San Francisco serving as the backdrop for the hostile primate takeover.
The Premise: When trying to find a cure for his ailing father’s Alzheimer’s, a scientist’s experiment with genetic engineering goes horribly wrong when the apes on which he tests the medicine turn against the human race.
The Verdict: I wanted to like this movie – I really did. Unfortunately, aside from Andy Serkis, who gave another extraordinary performance like he did when he brought Gollum to frightful life in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the movie is just flat. If anything, James Franco looks just as bored and disconnected as he did hosting this year’s Oscars.

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