The Escapist director Rupert Wyatt takes the helm for this Planet of the Apes prequel centering on genetically engineered chimp Caesar, who was created in a San Francisco lab by an ambitious scientist, and who uses his powerful intellect to lead an ape uprising against all of humankind.
This is another film that I never got around to see when it was new. I was never an enormous fan of the Planet of the Apes movies. Actually, it’s only the very first one that I thought was worth watching (and that includes the remake). I’m not really a great fan of prequels either so I was kind of hesitant to watch this movie but when it showed up in the listing on CanalSat we decided to watch it.
It’s an okay movie. I don’t really think it has that epic “grandeur”, for lack of a better word, that the original one with Charlton Heston had and I certainly do not agree to all the hype that has been surrounding it. This is more of a standard scientific-experiment-goes-bad movie that happens to use apes.
As such it’s well done though although quite predictable. The movie rolls along in a nice pace and manages to keep the interest up the entire time. The special effects with the apes are very well done and quite believable. Luckily the director didn’t fall into the trap of trying to make talking apes (except for a few words) which I think added to the realism.
The unprofessional way that the scientific team handles biohazards and the accidental exposure to the experimental virus was a bit disappointing though. They didn’t even check if the animal assistant had been exposed and whether there was any ill effects. That’s just not realistic.
Apart from that, it was a okay movie. A nice 105 minutes of entertainment.