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Rise of The Planet of the Apes (12A)

Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

The critical consensus

Rise has more brains than your average summer blockbuster and, middle act sag aside, entertains and eventually enthrals. Bring on the sequel.

****(*)Daily Record, 05/08/2011

With simulated simians authentic enough to make Project Nim look almost phoney, allied to an involving, evolving story, Rise is the Planet we’ve been waiting for.

****(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 05/08/2011

A worthy, exciting, emotional addition to the venerable monkey movie marathon. Apes will rise. Sequels are likely.

****(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 08/08/2011

Takes an intelligent, sometimes exhilarating and even poignant look at the origins of the story that pays clever homage to the classic 1968 original while potentially re-establishing the franchise as a force once again.

****(*)Rob Carnevale, The List, 09/08/2011

Hugely silly, but great fun.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 11/08/2011

A relatively modest B-movie bolstered by A-grade technical wizardry.

Paul O'Callaghan, Little White Lies, 11/08/2011

As a summer blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes won't regenerate any brain-cells, but it doesn't forget a sense of humanity while delivering its package of thrills.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 12/08/2011

This really is a very enjoyable film: suspenseful and involving, and Caesar is a great character with mannerisms and expressions that are neither simian nor human but bizarrely convincing as a combination of both – dramatically and comically, if not scientifically.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 11/08/2011

Rise may be one of the best surprises this summer.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 12/08/2011

An entertaining prequel with marvellous special effects.

***(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 11/08/2011

If in the end it’s all just so much setup for a sequel, or even a series, then bring it on.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 11/08/2011

The film really comes into its own, however, when Caesar is forced to reintegrate with his fellow primates, setting the stage for the full-on ape vs army climax, which Wyatt executes with clear-headed efficiency and sound pacing.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 13/08/2011

It's not mere film critic hyperbole to say that the performing monkeys – sorry, apes – in Rise... wipe the animal enclosure floor with their human counterparts.

Tim Walker, The Independent on Sunday, 14/08/2011

This prequel, set in the present, takes advantage of the spectacular advance in special effects over the past 40 years but adds little by way of imagination or insight into our appreciation of the original film.

Philip French, The Observer, 14/08/2011

Rise of The Planet of the Apes (12A)

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General release. Check local listings for show times.

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