It is the stunning, startling No that will be heard by moviegoers around the world this weekend and rake in hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office.
And deservedly so.
For never has a No carried so much weight.
Particularly for the human race.
After all, Caesar has said No!
Folks, Rise of the Planet of Apes, ably directed by Rupert Wyatt based on the story by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, is a fine movie that had moviegoers at a theater in the mid-Atlantic region lapping it all up.
It was one of those rare occasions where we heard claps at the end of the movie. No kidding, guys.
Well written, well-executed and well-acted, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a science fiction movie set in present-day San Francisco.
Working at the intersection of humans and chimps, the movie offers an engrossing account of how scientific research into a cure for Alzheimer’s disease triggers unintended consequences that ultimately proves catastrophic to the human race.
James Franco plays Will Rodman, a researcher racing against the clock to find a cure to for Alzheimer’s.
Will’s anxiety and feverish rush to get results is understandable since his father has the dreaded disease that’s slowly robbing him of his mind.
As with a lot of scientific research involving new drugs, Will’s work too involves testing them on primates. But when a chimp escapes from its cage and runs amok, Will’s research project is shut down and all the chimps ordered to be destroyed.
One chimp has just given birth and the lab attendant is reluctant to kill the baby chimp.
So Will takes it home to his father’s delight, names it Caesar, and then he uses the same experimental drug on his father. Voila, the old man starts feeling better, a lot better.
But then Caesar is growing. And he’s no slouch in the head either.
Au contraire, our adorable Caesar, he with the memorable, expressive eyes, has inherited his late mother’s intelligence.
In one touching scene, the alert Caesar helps Will’s father get his eating fork into the right position.
Well, a chimp in a residential neighborhood is going to cause havoc, sooner or later.
And Caesar does so too.
At first in the neighborhood, then in the animal pound and ultimately leading a revolt among its fellow primates and quickening the pace before it all ends in a fantastic, furious last 30-minute frenzy.
James Franco doesn’t light up the screen but is more than adequate for the task.
However, Caesar steals the show, particularly in those last minutes when he leads the primate insurrection against the humans.
Desis being desis, they are unlikely to patronize this movie busy as they are chomping on the bits of one of the Chutiya Khans or that budda Amitabh Bachchan.
But should they do so they’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the smiling face of a pretty desi babe on the screen.
That of our Mumbai gal Freida ‘Slumdog’ Pinto, who plays Will’s girl friend.
Sweetie, if you haven’t seen any of the other Planet of the Apes movies it doesn’t matter one whit because this one stands on its own.
And, boy, how solidly does it stand.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends Rise of Planet of the Apes with the certainty that none of you semi-literate
baboons humans will care to see this fine movie.