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Movie Review – Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes – WOW!!

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)

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’ve been looking forwards to this film for quite a while, especially since the 2001 reboot, which was pretty meh. Technology and cgi has come a LONG way since back then, in 2001 it was basically people in monkey suits…which didn’t really work that well.

And here we have it, a modern reboot in 2011 with today’s technology – and all I can saw is WOW!! – it blew my mind man. It’s doing awesomely well on IMDB with a well-deserved 7.9/10 – I have a feeling it may well creep into the Top 250 and well, really I think it should.

The emotions portrayed by the apes is just absolutely incredible, it’s so realistic it’s just…mind-blowing really. Especially from Caesar played by Andy Serkis (you might know him as Gollum from LOTR).

Caesar as played by Andy Serkis in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

You can really see how his character develops and changes through-out the film into the leader who completely turns against humans. As for the human roles, they were played well enough by James Franco, Frieda Pinto and John Lithgow (who is fantastic as always).

The rest of the human characters are fairly forgettable.

James Franco & Freida Pinto in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

I have to say this is probably one of the best movies of 2011 so far along with probably X-Men: First Class, there’s little else this year that’s particularly memorable.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was so good it felt like it passed by in a flash, it felt like I’d barely sat down when I realised the credits were rolling up and it was over – that’s how mesmerising it was.

If you haven’t watched this movie yet – seriously go and do so immediately!

I give it a chest-thumping 9/10.

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Movie Review – Captain America: The First Avenger – Certainly Better Than Thor..

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top-secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals.

Another day, another Marvel comic book hero coming to the big screen – I’m a week out of date with this one (which is still pretty good considering I’m usually a few months out), and I actually watched this last weekend.

I’d be wanting to watch this ever since I saw the posters/teasers way back – probably around the time I watched Thor – which wasn’t a great movie. A lot of people did enjoy Thor though and it’s still doing really well on IMBD with a 7.4 score.

I have to say though, Captain America was much better than Thor in my eyes. There was great character development, awesome action sequences, a truly evil villain, some romance, some comedy and amazing CGI. All around it was a very well put together movie.

One thing that blew me away was how they made the rather ripped Chris Evans into skinny little Steve Rogers – it was just so realistic and so weird at the same time seeing his face on that tiny little frame.

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers

Of course he doesn’t stay like that for too long, shortly after that you get the part all the girls are waiting for – a shirtless, totally buffed Chris Evans in all his glory. Shirt on or off, he carried the movie really well. He stayed true to the character of Steve Rogers even when he was the butt kicking Captain America.

Chris Evans as Captain America

The film was well paced, the soundtrack was good, it was expertly filmed and the storyline (although fairly simple) ran pretty well.

The whole supporting cast was really good, the noticeable performances would be Tommy Lee Jones as the Colonel and Hugo Weaving as Red Skull – he really put in a really good performance. And damn, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter was stunning!

Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter

I loved how they got a Stark in there too (not sure if it’s the father or grandfather of Tony Stark from Iron Man).

I really enjoyed Captain America and I suggest if you haven’t watched it yet – do so! It’s definitely one worth watching on the big screen. It’s doing well on IMDB too with a solid score of 7.5.

It’s really got me excited about The Avengers movie coming in 2012 – it was less of a teaser during the credits of Captain America and more of a full-blown trailer. Bring on Nick Fury!

I give Captain America a Shield Slinging 8.5/10.

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