A very interesting movie. Much better than its predecessor, mainly because of the change in actors possibly.
The CGI is amazing and has VASTLY improved over the days of the Matrix. No slow motion stuff but no cartoon style guy fighting 1000 agent Smiths either.
The story line was perfect, it did seem like a longer movie, in fact felt like 2 movies in one. It almost felt like a movie an a sequel jammed into each other. Normally such a tale would only be the first 50-100 pages of a novel, then again how long was the Lawnmower man short story.
First half of the movie, really stands out on its own. First 2/3rd maybe. Very Scifi, very moral/societal based story line that any scifi fan is familiar with. The second half (or last 1/3rd) is more akin to the remake of the original movie. So action movie fans will not be disappointed.
there are very few points in the movie where one has to stand up and yell Ice Flooats" so those that like to poke holes in movie therom, they do exist but you will have to think a bit harder on them
Mankind has rules about sentience/sapience. I thought there were 5 laws, yet google fails me. (other search engines are worse.. my recent replacement is far from sentient as it only provided me with grammar results assuming I meant 5 laws of sentence).
Of course you cant have a movie about animals and not have a cruelty to animals bit, the ASPCA would sue you.
So don't be surprised if someone mistreats animals, and this is hollywood (uncapitalized because it should be) so you must remember that things that are wrong with society are gratuitously enhanced on film, someone might lock a animal in cage (which is bad enough) but torture is a WHOLE nother level reserved for guys that live in the south or some other country. (Would be great if we could get these wealthy rejects in a cage to kill each other off instead of including innocent passerby or animals but drugs and celebrity dont work that way).
Hey thats not a spoiler, its a hollywood film involving animals. Someone has to kick them around a bit. Even Space Buddies had the animal hater guy.
Not a big spoiler so you can feel safe to read it but it might not have as much impact on you if you do read it.
I found the part where Ceaser breaks the little stick to be the most impressive portion of the film. Without subtitles to tell me what they were discussing, it may have had more or less of an impact, the meaning was clear and was so awesome. I liked not having subs, it made the message more clear.
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Overall I was impressed with the film, far more so than it's predecessor "Planet of the Apes (2001)." A comparison to the original movies is not done because, I have not seen them since childhood but from what I remember, they were "Made for TV" type of movies with a higher budget, well weren't all Charlton Heston movies?.
The Remake of the original was a high budget film, with excellent visual effects, the monkey costumes were great, Helena Bonham Carter was a hot monkey. Had me considering beastiality. Almost everything in this film was CGI though with no "hot monkey love", which is normally a deficit (CGI not the monkey love). It (CGI) was pulled off very well in this, mainly because they were portraying things that humans do not have interactive association with, just a bunch of damn dirty apes. IF you have a familiarity with a bunch of intelligent monkeys, the CGI might not be as compelling for you. (Jane Goodall said it looked fake I guarantee it).
The main protagonists are Chimpanzees not Apes or Monkeys, so please do not point that out as an "ice floats" moment. The movie blurs it and points it out, and its stupid too, as most of us had an elementary school education and know there is a difference one would assume that an advanced Biology degree wielding or other research scientist associating themselves with primate research would as well . Yet they still actually go through the repetition of it.