News / USA

Lab Chimp Revolts in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

On the Golden Gate Bridge, Caesar leads a revolution that will ultimately lead to the 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.'
On the Golden Gate Bridge, Caesar leads a revolution that will ultimately lead to the 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.'

Multimedia

Penelope Poulou

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is the prequel to "Planet of the Apes," the sci-fi saga which debuted in 1968. Back then, a crew of astronauts crash-lands in the distant future on a planet where intelligent apes dominate humans.

The new film, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," chronicles events leading up to the dominance of the apes.

Actor James Franco portrays Will Rodman, a scientist at a large pharmaceutical company conducting research to develop a drug that restores damaged brain tissue in humans. His ultimate goal is to cure Alzheimer’s disease, a cause close to his heart because of his ailing father.

To further his goal, he experiments on chimpanzees and finds the drug radically boosts brain function. That is obvious in Caesar, a young chimp exposed to the drug in the womb when scientists gave the drug to his mother.

Will adopts the baby chimp and raises him at home. Ceasar learns to read and write and he has a deep affection for his human family. But his animal nature clashes with his human upbringing. He uses brute force against a neighbor who bullies Charles, Will’s father.

Realizing he can no longer keep Caesar, Will takes him to what he believes is a place where Caesar can socialize with his kind. But the San Bruno Primate Sanctuary resembles a prison where the animals are locked up in cages.

For the first time, Caesar is confronted with humanity’s dark side. He reacts by inciting a revolt.

Filmmaker Rupert Wyatt creates a larger-than-life film with a philosophical concept and great special effects.

The story is told from Ceasar’s point of view and explains what led to the apes' supremacy in the earlier installments of the franchise.

Actor Andy Serkis, who portrays Caesar, studied the movements of real primates. The actor's facial  expressions are transposed onto the ape through motion capture technology first introduced in Peter Jackson's 2005 film, "King Kong."

Serkis interpreted King Kong back then as he does now with Ceasar. The difference is that Caesar is a far more realistic looking computer-generated primate, who interacts with the other characters.

“This is an unknowing, very innocent child," Serkis says of his character. "He suddenly becomes aware that the world is not an easy place to live in, and he has to make very strong choices to survive."

The film’s climactic moment signals the end of humanity as we know it and the dawning of a new era - as well as the promise of subsequent prequels in the "Planet of the Apes" franchise.  

You May Like

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Try to Salvage Peace Pact

Peace process faces major setback after botched military operation to find terrorists results in bloody gunbattle between government forces, Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters More

Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle

Political strategist says eventual winner will be one who can put together strongest coalition of various conservative groups that make up Republican Party More

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Engineers have come up with a lever-operated design that makes use of easily accessible bicycle technology More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More