IMDB Score: 7.7/10 (95,200+ Votes)
Director(s): Rupert Wyatt
Writer(s): Rupert Wyatt,Amanda Silver and Pierre Boulle (novel La planete des singer)
During experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee uses its greater intelligence to lead other apes to freedom.
I’m worried James Franco may bring the movie down but John Lithgow is in the movie and any movie he’s in get a few bonus points.
This is the first Planet of the Apes in which Charlton Heston or Roddy McDowall are not in involved in.
Do you still have a bad taste in your mouth from the last Apes movie form 2001 reboot? Worry not, you aren’t alone but you shouldn’t hold that movie against this one. This one will wash that taste out no problem.
Let me start off by saying that this movie is quite sad ,in fact, I got misty eyed in a place or two. That was not something I never would have expected. It was due to great writing and a very emotional CG ape. The apes in this movie are mo-cap (motion capture) and that means humans wore special suites that translated all their movements to a digital model. This adds a true sense of realism when it comes to expressions which helps sell the emotions of the primates. And if you’re going to bitch about CG and live action I hear ya but the effects in this are so good that most of the time,I shit you not,I thought I was looking at real apes. There were a few times when you could really tell,they,the banana eaters were fake.
The writing for this part of the series leads logically into the ones before this. They took the experimentation road but not in the way one would think they would. Instead of trying to make apes better they are using them to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Well, the cure works differently then expected. The cure makes apes smart. Then near the tail end of the movie (for those that are slow anyways) we find out just how the humans become almost extinct in the other movies. Seriously if you can’t figure out why by say the 1hr mark you should just give up. While on the topic of writing, this movie has so much packed in it I thought at the 40min mark it was about an hour or so in. And I do not say that negatively. It’s nice to have a lot of stuff packed in like that,hell,more so when it’s done well like it was in this movie.
While James Franco did not bring the movie down he does not add anything to it make it great. To be honest no one really brought an A+ game other than the dude who played Caesar (Andy Serkis) you might know him from such films as King Kong (yes he was Kong) and those shitty ass walking movies The Lord of the Rings as Gollum. No I’m not kidding,I do not like that series. Even John Lithgow was upstaged in this movie by Serkis. Most of the acting was nice and solid but there is one actor I felt was just ham fisting it (Tom Felton) I have no clue who this dude is but I can tell you that if he’s staring in something then I’m most likely not going to enjoy it. What really pissed me off was that he got to say THE LINE! “Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” He fucked the delivery of that line like a virgin in his lover for the first time.
Almost forgot, there this ape whose face,I shit you not,looks like Ron Pearlmen.
Strong acting, great writing, some very touching moments all add up to a great flick. If you don’t like this then I think you may be more dead inside than I am.
I give this movie 5 planets out of 5.
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IMDB Score: 5.8/10 (9,000+ Votes)
Director(s): James Foley
Writer(s): Robert Pucci
With the aid from a NYC policeman, a top immigrant cop tries to stop drug-trafficking and corruption by immigrant Chinese Triads, but things complicate when the Triads try to bribe the policeman.
Sounds a bit like Hard Boiled. I enjoyed Hard Boiled and I like Chow Yun-Fat so I’m guessing this is going like this one. Chow in the 90′s pretty much did one type of movie over and over again and I’m in the mood for that type of flick so chances are this flick with will be good.
The close-ups shootings of a criminal at point blank range with a small revolver inspired by the famous photograph of a Vietnamese soldier committing an execution.
This movie felt like a movie you would see from the 70′s in the sense that it seem like it wasn’t heavily censored. They had a decent amount of gun fights, topless Asian chicks and a lot of racial slurs/stereo typing. One of my favrotie lines in the movie is this: “You never know how a guy gettin’ his dick rubbed is gonna react when you charge the room, so keep your eyes sharp and your Glock cocked. And don’t be tryin’ to feel any Chinese titties either, ya little pervert!” Another good one is this: “Got a drink? I’m drier than a ninety-year-old tit.” That’s just to give you an idea of what the dialogue this flick is like. It’s not clean and if you’re to use to all sterile main stream shit that’s going around you most likely do not want to take the time and view this film. I’m not putting up the racial slurs not because I fear offending someone but because I honestly can’t recall them correctly and I don’t want to pop in the D.V.D again.
The acting was just O.K. Marky Mark co-stars in this one along side Chow Yun-Fat. Now Chow Yun-Fat has done a ton of movies and is a good actor but in the 90′s he was stiff and not very convincing,at least in the U.S movies he was in. He has since them become someone that I will watch in a leading role regardless of what type of movie it is (as long as it’s not a romance movie. Those just aren’t my cup of tea.) Makry Mark (yeah I’m going to refer to him as that so get over it. Marky Mark as I was trying to say actually did a good job and yes you do read a hint of surprise in that statement. I’m not a fan of him as an actor;I find him to almost always be forcing lines and emotions. The secondary actors in the movie did a really good job but that’s because they were acting long before the leads. The three main secondary ones I’m talking about are:Brian Cox, Kim Chan and Ric Young. They to me always add that little something extra to the projects they’re in.
The music in this was good. They had a well mixed soundtrack that has foreign pop to rap and rock. All the songs were placed with a scene that it fit very well. I couldn’t name any of the songs if you asked me since I really don’t know the names of songs very well.
The movie is good and worth a rent but know that it does feel a bit longer than the run time says.
I give this movie 3 titties out of 5.
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