Monday, August 15, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Not Yo' Daddy's Monkey Business

Caesar is angry monkey! Caesar want freedom!

In the monkey movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, chimpanzees, apes, and gorillas alike, become smarter.

But before going any farther, the movie poster says, "Evolution becomes Revolution." In the Hollywood-movie world that may be cool, but evolution is bad science and doesn't really happen. So let's squash that bug before going any further.

Spoilers coming. (According to the University of California, spoilers don't ruin the movie to movie-goers. Read about that here.)

James Franco playing Will Rodman
Dr. Rodman, a brilliant scientist works for a cure for Alzheimer's. His dad has Alzheimer's, which is all the more reason to cure it. He works for a large corporation, and they test on chimps.

Disclaimer: I must now say that no chimps were tested on in the writing of this blog. So get off my back, PETA!

Now, the Alzheimer's tests seemed to create smarter monkeys with the first round, but only temporarily helped real humans with the disease. So the corporation canned the project after a wild chimp runs a muck and no one will now fund the project.

The CEO says to axe all of the monkeys. But one of them is pregnant. She has a baby before she is killed. His name is Caesar, and he will come under the care of Will Rodman (no relation to Dennis Rodman).

Caesar is very smart, and winds up in a chimp lockup, because he is taken away from Will. After a stay in the lockup, Caesar becomes the alpha chimp, being the smartest, and takes on the takes of freeing the apes. But wait, "chimps are stupid," and this is a direct quote from the movie. So Caesar, armed with the ability to create weapons with his opposable thumbs, runs home to Will. He finds the next batch of Alzheimers cure, and releases the gas at the chimp big house.

Monkeys have escaped! Sound the alarms. Get out your tranquilizer guns and water pistols, and dogs to hunt them down!

All the while the deadly Alzheimers 2 cure is having the reverse effect on humans. It is spreading like the plague and traveling from San Francisco to NYC, 'causing a worldwide pandemic.

This sets the stage for Monkey Movie 2.

My Thoughts:
As a pet owner, I could really relate to how hard it would be to give up a beloved pet. I think the movie did a great job with connecting with the viewer's emotions as Caesar struggled with corrupt humans and other apes.

This movie did do a great job as a prequel to the Planet of the Apes Universe. Knowing that the apes will take over in the future, it does make sense that the human population will diminish so quickly, while the monkey/ape population booms.

I wonder if they will make any more in this franchise.

And for everyone that has seen Stargate: Atlantis, Dr. Rodney McKay, is in this movie, and is the first human to catch this contagious virus from patient zero, a monkey handler. 

Where does Mark Wahlberg's movie fit into this scheme?

Here is my theory: When Mark Wahlberg followed Pericles into the space storm, he crossed over into an alternate universe, and crashes on an alternate Earth. This Earth he lands on would be in the future in the dimension in which Rise of the Planet of the Apes takes place.

Most people hated the (2001) Planet of the Apes. I think it was interesting and creepy at the same time. Humans and monkeys talking together; it is just not natural.

Not long ago, I went to the Nashville zoo, and couldn't resist putting on a monkey mask. See my Planet of the Apes picture here.

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