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Rise of The Planet of the Apes; Movie Review From a Progressive Angle

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The movie unfolds Caesar's gradual awakening as an intelligent being. He decides he should ride in the back seat of the station wagon, not the back of it. He starts to put things together to understand his roots, the ways he's not treated right. 

He looks around him at the primate facility he's put into and sees chimps, orangutangs, apes, gorillas-- all acting brutishly, screaming and yelling-- kind of like tea partiers. He sees the apes entertained by violence-- by ape on ape or by the human guard, portrayed by Tom Felton, who played evil Malfoy in the Harry Potter series. 

Finally, Caesar takes action and wakes up his fellow apes, organizes and leads them to freedom. It takes some script magic to make that happen. 

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. 

Opednews would love to see more movie reviews from a progressive angle-- movies new and old. 

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