I’ve recently seen “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and I’m sure I’ve seen the movie before many Americans since I’ve been living in Istanbul. So probably, when many Americans were just sleeping, I was watching the movie. So it was sort of exciting.
Before giving lots of spoilers, I want to suggest reading my writing about “Planet of the Apes”, which is on this site. It’s also important because as you figure out, the movie has a connection with the old series of “Planet of the Apes”.
Well… Here we go…
First and foremost, the movie has a lot of references to the old “Planet of the Apes” movie, which was made in 1968.
For instance, it’s a reference to the older movie, when the blonde twerp guy, who “takes care” of the apes, shouts like “This is a mad house, a mad house!” or when Caesar takes his arm, he says, “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”. These are obvious references to the original movie. And Caesar starts speaking at that scene. It’s a good detail, too. And the important thing here is its message. It declares that everything may be opposite in the future.
We also see news on the T.V. when the same twerp guy discusses with his brother. News is like, “First manned space shuttle is sent to Mars.” And that space shuttle is apparently George Taylor’s. In fact, we may even see the logo of “ANSA” if we look at the screen carefully. I don’t know that much. It’s also a reference to the character of Landon, from the first movie, that the brothers’ last names were “Landon”.
Caesar’s mother’s was called “Bright Eyes” in the movie, it’s a reference to the Taylor character.
Also, when one of those brothers was watching the T.V., there was a Charlton Heston movie. It was also a good detail.
On the other hand, the beauty of the storyline and science fiction at the first movie was turned into something sensitive since it was a prequel, I guess. For instance, the relationship of Will and Caesar. Even though, we are not able to react like, “Whoa!” as we did in the first movie (and I think, its main reason is we’ve seen either the first movie and Tim Burton’s version), the events happened at the second part of the movie made us believe this movie was a prequel. Because some people were like, “This may even be an independent movie.”
Besides, it was not so fantasy as I’d expected. It was more realistic. Example, Apes didn’t capture the whole world by themselves as we expected. It was spread to the world by an accidental virus by the awkward team of Will’s. Especially, that guy, who carries the virus, works on an airport company. So it must have been easy to spread the virus to the whole world.
Out of this, there aren’t huge Human and Ape wars as we expected and I think, it’s about the idea of making another “Planet of the Apes” movie.
To conclude, it's obviously not the greatest movie ever but there is another movie for us, the maniacs of Planet of the Apes movies, to watch. I like it a lot. Stop.