Watching the movie, I was totally sympathetic with the apes. They were mistreated, abused, oppressed, downtrodden-- kind of like most of the humans on this planet.
The thing is, with humans, you don't have to raise their IQs. You just have to raise their consciousness-- make them aware of the power they possess, the injustices they are suffering and the possibilities that they can free themselves and, if necessary, fight back. For humans who are oppressed, the problem is not other humans. It is corporations.
Once Caesar figured things out, he helped his oppressed fellows to reach for and find freedom.
It was an interesting surprise to see Slumdog Millionaire actress Frieda Pinto play a major role in this latest Apes flick, since I'd seen her star in a smaller movie, Miral , about a Palestinian Israeli girl's waking up to awareness of the injustices heaped upon the Palestinians-- one of the few movies with top actors (Willem Dafoe and Vanessa Redgrave) that explore the maltreatment of the Palestinians. Pinto is a rising star who could easily give Angelina Jolie competition as the next generation Femme Fatale yet could also play the kinds of nuanced roles Annette Benning has played. Rise of The Planet of the Apes
This was an excellent movie-- entertaining, riveting, stimulating, smart-- smarter than some of the past episodes in the series.
I have an unusual relationship with the movie. I read the original 1963 novel, by Pierre Boulle and it was the first time I ever said to myself, "this book should be made into a movie." So, when it came out in 1968, I cut class for the first time in my life to see it on the opening day.
This is the first time that the apes in the film are digitally created and that makes a big difference. Actor Andy Serkis does a brilliant job portraying Caesar, the first ape to be infected with the genetically engineered retrovirus that makes apes smarter.
Watching the movie reminded me of Daniel Quinn's book, Ishmael, which has as its main character, a genius ape who gets the reader thinking about man's place on the planet, among all the other creatures.
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