Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Release date: 11 August 2011
Running time: 106 mins
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, Tom Felton
Scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) develops a revolutionary therapy that enables the brain to repair itself, offering hope to millions of people with a variety of debilitating conditions.
But before his discovery can be marketed to humans, he's told to test it on chimpanzees. To be certain the treatment is stable, he begins with just one animal. Then something unexpected happens. Baby chimp Caesar swiftly develops advanced mental abilities.
As Will's employers seek to contain the experiment, Caesar's simian mind turns to thoughts of revolution.
For the latest version of the Planet of the Apes franchise, digital technology has advanced so far that the Oscar-winning WETA effects house have produced a legion of stunningly convincing photo-realistic apes!
Screenplay: Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa Distributor: Fox
You should see it because: As a gripping reinvention, this ranks alongside 'Star Trek' and 'X-Men: First Class', with another extraordinary 'captured performance' by Andy ('Gollum') Serkis as Caesar.
See it if you liked: Star Trek (2009), Splice (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011)