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->''"Evolution becomes revolution."''

Directed by Rupert Wyatt, the 2011 film '''''Rise of the Planet of the Apes''''' serves as a [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] of the ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' franchise. WordOfGod says the film, a loose remake of ''[[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes Conquest of the Planet of the Apes]]'', will mark the OriginStory for a new ''Planet Of The Apes'' universe (and future films). This is the ony continuity so far attempting to release the films in a chronological order.

Will Rodman, a scientist attempting to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease (fueled by the desire to cure his father of the illness), finds incredible results with the experimental drug ALZ-112: "Bright Eyes", a female chimpanzee injected with the drug, becomes more intelligent soon after the drug takes effect. Will believes the time is right to fund human testing -- but during his pitch to potential backers, Bright Eyes inexplicably goes berserk and gets gunned down in the middle of the meeting. Fortunate to still have his job afterwards, Will soon finds out that Bright Eyes had just given birth, and she became aggressive as an instinctive attempt to protect her child.

Will saves the young chimp from euthanasia, names him Caesar, and takes him home. The ape immediately displays intelligence beyond his years (and species), which proves he inherited his mother's enhanced intelligence. Through Caesar, Will hopes to keep his work alive -- but as Caesar grows older, a chain of events leads him on the path to a revolution.

The film marks the first time in the franchise that filmmakers used SerkisFolk (with [[TropeNamer Andy Serkis himself]] playing Caesar) as apes.

The sequel, ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', was released in 2014, directed by [[Film/{{Cloverfield}} Matt Reeves]].

A [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/matt-reeves-direct-third-planet-669052 third film]] has been fast-tracked by Fox, also to be directed by Reeves.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AbnormalAmmo: Who would've thought that manhole covers could be used as shuriken or the posts of wrought-iron fences as spears? The apes did, and with surprising accuracy.
* ApocalypseHow: [[ApocalypseHow/{{Class 3A}} Planetary-level.]]
* ArtMajorBiology: Apes cannot speak human languages because of the different structures of their vocal cords, not cognitive capacity...[[spoiler: [[MST3KMantra but then we wouldn't have two of the most powerful moments in the film]], would we?]]
** Apes are incapable of throwing with the distance and accuracy shown in the film. The reason that our shoulders are so different from those of apes is believed to be because we evolved to throw weapons, such as spears and rocks, to deadly effect.
** Of course, most of this can all be hand waved by the fact that the ALZ-113 probably changed the apes not only mentally, but physically as well. Caesar wasn't nearly as upright until he inhaled the 113.
** The drugs had an instantaneous effect on the brain. Neurogenesis is an inherently slow process, with overly fast neurogenesis causing death. Which becomes a nice plot point when [[spoiler: ALZ-113 proves deadly to humans]]. That said where do all the new brain cells in the Chimps go, given their far smaller braincases?
** The apes who become intelligent are from different species which have very different degrees of intelligence in nature, ape species being different between them as they are different from humans, yet ALZ-113 makes them all similarly smart.
* AssholeVictim: All over the place. That way you know who you're supposed to be sympathizing with.
** [[spoiler:Dodge Landon.]]
** [[spoiler:Hunsiker, Will's neighbor.]] Although most people would be rather upset in those situations.
** [[spoiler:Jacobs.]]
* BashBrothers: Buck the gorilla and Maurice the orangutan taking out cop cars.
* BerserkButton: Caesar's berserk button was attacking Will or his father. He mangled their neighbor's finger when he got aggressive with Charles.
** And Bright Eyes' was when she thought the humans were going after baby Caesar.
* BigBad: Steven Jacobs
* BigGuyFatalitySyndrome: [[spoiler:Buck.]]
* BigNo: [[spoiler:Caesar's Big No]] serves as the single most important event of the film.
* BilingualBonus: Sign Language
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Inverted, he dies last.]]
* BloodFromTheMouth (and the nose, and the ears): [[spoiler:The scientist infected with ALZ-113 has this happen to him as he grows sicker.]]
* BrainsAndBrawn: Caesar and Buck [[spoiler:defeating Rocket.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Abuse at the hands of Dodge and the other chimps at the primate facility do this to Caesar.
* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: That Mars mission is in for a ''big'' surprise when they finally return.
* ButtMonkey: Hunsiker. [[spoiler:Every scene involves him suffering one way or another. We never get to see the guy in a good mood because of this.]] Though if your reaction to everything is extreme violence and anger, this quickly becomes LaserGuidedKarma.
** Especially notable in the scene where he confronts Franklin. Yes, he was trying the doors to the neighbor's house, but calling the cops and keeping an eye on the situation would probably be a better bet than getting directly in the suspicious person's face, especially when it's not your house.
** [[{{Podcast/Rifftrax}} "JUST LET ME LIVE MY LIFE!"]]
* CallBack: When Caroline says it's appropriate to be afraid of chimpanzees, Caesar mocks the idea by jumping on top of Will and miming punches at him, all while everyone is laughing. Caesar later does nearly the exact same thing to Hunsiker, except he's actually beating him up very badly.
** During Caesar's first night in the cages, he draws a symbol resembling the attic window of Will's home to comfort himself. Later, [[spoiler:during the ape's rampage through San Fran]], the same symbol appears again [[spoiler:scrawled on a road sign, seemingly to mark territory]].
* CaliforniaDoubling: Inverted - New Zealand for UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco.
* ChekhovsGun: Dodge likes torturing the apes with his cattle prod and fire hose. [[spoiler: Guess how he dies?]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Inverted, sort of. The fact that Will's neighbor [[spoiler: is a pilot]] becomes revelant at the very end, but in a very bad way.
* CombatPragmatist: Caesar lures Rocket into the main room of the refuge center [[spoiler:and then [[IronicEcho hits him in the head with a metal gas can]] as he's coming out of the gate. And then threatens to sic Buck on him.]]
* ComingOfAgeStory: Caesar, naturally. He is taken as a baby by Will, grows in mind and body, and then, through a series of events, leaves his nest and becomes a freedom fighter.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Jacobs, who's willing to go straight to human trials the minute they get good results on the apes, [[IdiotBall without making sure it's safe first]].
-->'''Jacobs:''' You make history. I make money.
* CreativeClosingCredits: Goes hand-in-hand with the DownerEnding. [[spoiler:The credits roll over an animation of international flight patterns spreading the ALZ-113 virus across the globe.]]
* DeadlyDisc: Maurice uses the classic manhole cover to take out a police car.
* DecoyProtagonist: Will. The real protagonist is Caesar.
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: Caesar invokes this on Rocket after getting the latter to submit to him.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Will's father, and Buck.]]
* DisastrousDemonstration: Bright Eyes' spectacular escape concludes right in the middle of an investors' meeting.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Well, the finale takes place on the Golden Gate Bridge, so yeah, folks are gonna be falling.
* TheDogBitesBack: Pretty much the entire plot of the movie.
* DolledUpInstallment: A weird one. Rick Jaffa wrote the first treatment as an original story inspired by reports of people raising primates as children in their homes and being attacked by them. It wasn't until he was finishing it that he realized that, given enough time, the situation created by the ending could very well lead to the world seen in the 1968 ''Planet of the Apes''. So Jaffa contacted FOX, presented the story as a reboot for ''Planet of the Apes'', and this is the result.
* DoomedByCanon: [[spoiler: The entire human race.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Very interesting interpretation in [[http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/i-wish-i-knew-how-it-would-feel-to-be-free-on-rise-of-planet-of-the-apes-and-the-help/discrimination/2011/08/21/25639 this review]]. Watching the film with this in mind, it is hard not to see the comparisons as intentional.
** A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example, but the crude sketch of the window in the Rodman's Attic that Caesar [[spoiler: drew on the wall of his cage in the San Bruno Pound to comfort himself]] later shows up rather ominously on a highway marker overlooking the Bay Valley skyline when [[spoiler: Caesar and his band of apes break out of the San Bruno pound,]] as though it were graffiti left by a gang marking their territory.
** The similarity between the animal sanctuary and a prison however is overt, and even lampshaded by Dodge when he brings his friends to visit.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:It seems that the apes will inherit the earth after the same substance that made them intelligent kills off the human race.]] It's a bit of a ForegoneConclusion though since this is a prequel.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Everythings Better With Apes]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: For Caesar and the few apes that made it past the Golden Gate Bridge.
* EvilBrit: Dodge and John Landon. At the very least, they are portrayed by British actors with the former English and the latter Scottish respectively.
* EvolutionPowerup: When any apes is exposed to ALZ-112.
* FiveFingerDiscount: Caesar stealing the knife he uses to get out of prison.
* FragileSpeedster: The chimps and Bonobos are very agile, but are much weaker than orangutans and Gorillas.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: After Will's father's body begins rejecting the treatment, his Alzheimer's starts to set back in. In fact, it gets worse, and his health declines, and he dies.
* FogOfWar: A [[WeatherOfwar convenient fog]] hides the apes on the bridge from the police.
** [[StealthPun One might even say]] there are GorillasInTheMist
** Fog on and around the Golden Gate bridge is pretty common, so a JustifiedTrope.
* [[FiveManBand Five Ape Band]]:
** TheHero: Caesar
** TheLancer: Rocket the bald chimpanzee
** TheBigGuy: Buck the gorilla
** TheSmartGuy: Maurice the orangutan
** TokenEvilTeamMate/ SixthRanger: Possibly Koba the ALZ-113 test subject. In a deleted scene, he would even try to gas Jacobs while escaping the lab. Another scene (presumably a stinger ending) has him finding an abandoned shotgun and working out how to use it.
* ForegoneConclusion: It's called ''RISE'' of the Planet of the Apes, so this was to be expected.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Caesar doesn't FaceHeelTurn into a BigBad in any way, but after gradually learning of humanity's overall treatment of apes, he goes from a harmless, genius-level chimpanzee to inciting an all-out revolution in San Francisco giving the world [[ForeShadowing a small preview]] of what is to come.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: In this continuity, apparently we didn't "blow it up," as Charlton Heston assumed.
* GeniusBruiser: Maurice the orangutan is the only other ape who initially knows sign language, but being an orangutan, he's incredibly strong and at one point hurls a manhole cover straight through a police car windshield as if he were throwing a Frisbee.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Yes, ALZ-113 '''does''' improve mental functions!
* GreenEyes: The ALZ-112 causes green pigmentation in an ape's eyes.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: One can't fault the apes for rebelling, [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans being bastards (Of course you soon find out that Apes are bastards too if you know anything about the movies, guess it just comes with intelligence)]] and all (some more so than others), but the tests being conducted on them was for a good cause.
* GuileHero: Caesar.
* GunboatDiplomacy: Caesar pulls this on Rocket to get him to step down as the leader of the apes. Rocket was a lot more compliant when Caesar's 450-pound gorilla friend was around to help with the convincing.
* HeroicBSOD: Poor Caesar goes under ''two'' of these- the first one after experiencing his CurbStompBattle of a beatdown by then-alpha male Rocket, the second after learning once again that he could not go home with Will and Caroline after the hell he has experienced.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Buck, the main gorilla, [[DyingMomentOfAwesome has one to take out the helicopter]].]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Throughout the film, various background references are made to a manned spaceflight that gets "lost in space", no doubt into some kind of wormhole that will spit them out thousands of years into the future right near a watery planet, the third from the sun in its solar system.
* HighVoltageDeath: Landon, the son of the owner of the ape sanctuary dies of electrocution. After Caesar has enough of Landon's abuse and speaks, he turns the kid's hose on him, and since Landon is still holding his activated cattle prod...well, he dies. Combined with a bit of HoistByHisOwnPetard, it seems.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Dodge is killed when he [[TooDumbToLive activates his stun baton just as Caesar sprays him with the water hose]].]]
** An unintentional one when the gorilla attacks a police car with ''a parking meter''.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:For Will when he sees the initial cure work on his father. However, anti-bodies soon develop to fight the cure and the Alzheimer's comes back with a vengeance.]]
** Serves as a bit of ShownTheirWork, since this is generally the final outcome of most Alzheimer's treatments in real life (the ones that work at all, anyway).
* HotScientist: One could say both Will and Caroline fall into this category.
* HulkSpeak: Sign language between apes are subtitled in what appears to be poor grammar. However, ASL is a simplified language where many conjunctions are implied. A literal translation appears akin to bad grammar in English.
--> '''Maurice:''' [[MemeticMutation "Why]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship cookie]] [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Rocket?"]]
--> '''Caesar:''' [[DividedWeFall "Apes alone: weak. Apes together: strong."]]
--> ''*apes start fighting*''
--> '''Maurice:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Apes stupid."]]
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The movie is more [[GrayAndGreyMorality even-handed]] with its overall characterization of humanity than you might expect, but the plot still hinges on people being dicks to the apes for really no reason. Sadly, much of it is TruthInTelevision in regards to animal testing and the way the legal system handles animal rights (but not the part about the experimental drug that can make apes ''smarter'' than humans).
* HumanTrialIsHumanError: Will, without any authorization, tested the ALZ-112 on his father, who had advanced, and rapidly deteriorating Alzheimer's. At first, everything seemed to be going well (he regained every single piece of his memory and his physical condition improved drastically). But then, the Alzheimer's [[GoneHorriblyWrong rebounded with a vengeance.]] This is after Will informed his superior that he had performed the tests with significant success, and that they already started to work on the ALZ-113. Little do they know that this batch has an even nastier side effect: [[spoiler: an unstoppable plague that threatens the very existence of mankind.]] And only a select scientists, Will being one of them, know that both the ALZ-112 and -113 is what gave the apes their superintelligence and hatred towards their former masters.
* IdiotBall: Will. When your father has advanced Alzheimer's, it's generally not a good idea to leave him alone in the house while you're at work. Double for Hunsiker, who apparently leaves the door of his sports car unlocked and open, with keys in the ignition, on a regular basis.
** Gen*Sys not immediately quarantining Franklin after he inhales the untested ALZ-113, or building their large-animal testing lab out of anything but glass, even after a disastrous, project-wrecking ape escape during a board meeting.
** If Will would have told his boss everything during the ''five years'' of his father miraculous recovery, ALZ-112 would have been Jacobs's blockbuster drug, millions of Alzheimer patients would have gotten their lives back and Caesar might have been invited to talk shows.
** Aerosolizing the ALZ-113 in the first place. It makes dosage control all but impossible and the only reason for it seems to be because the plot requires it.
* ImprovisedArmor: Several gorillas push over a bus and slide it towards a police roadblock to block their fire.
* ImprovisedWeapon: The apes are absolute masters of finding innovative uses for random stuff - wrought-iron fence poles become [[BladeOnAStick spears]], a manhole cover becomes a [[DeadlyDisc thrown anti-vehicle weapon]], and [[spoiler:a heavy iron chain can kill a helicopter's door-gunner.]]
* IronicEcho: From how [[PlanetOfTheApes Landon]] uses the phrase "It's a madhouse!" in the original to how Dodge uses it.
** Likewise "Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!" This time it's used by the oppressor, not the prisoner.
** Also, within the movie, "Stupid monkey!"
* ItCanThink: The whole plot.
* {{Jerkass}}: As much as Hunsiker is this trope, Dodge is '''''even worse'''''. TomFelton has said that Dodge "makes [[Film/HarryPotter Draco]] look soft" and, let's face it, ''he'' would know.
* JerkassHasAPoint: The jerkass neighbor gains audience sympathy when he finds a chimpanzee in his home, ''[[PapaWolf near his children]]'', and has the nerve to fend off what he obviously believed was a dangerous wild animal.
* JustBeforeTheEnd: Or rather, at the very ''beginning'' of it.
* KarmicDeath: Let's just say that being mean [[spoiler: to Caesar]] is not a good way to make it to the end credits.
** There's also [[spoiler: Jacobs]], who's killed not by Caesar, but by Koba, who has a more [[ItsPersonal personal]] reason for killing him.
-->"Not you."
* KickTheDog: Dodge does this a lot, starting with [[DisproportionateRetribution spraying Caesar with a high-powered hose after the latter flings slop into his face]].
* KillerGorilla: Buck, and most of the rest.
* KindlyVet: Caroline.
* LabPet: Ceasar, the son of a lab chimp, is taken home and made a pet.
* LanguageEqualsThought: The line "Why cookie Rocket?" in the dialogue between Caesar and Maurice could symbolize the solidarity of the apes in fighting for their cause. Their use of language is similar to others which don't pinpoint blame for actions.
* LargeHam: [[TomFelton Dodge]].
* MamaBear: Why Bright Eyes goes berserk.
* MassOhCrap: When Caesar [[spoiler:says his first word,]] even his fellow apes were shocked. This apparently carried over into real-life for anyone who saw this movie in theatres.
* MeaningfulName: Obviously Caesar, as the military and political genius, but also Koba, the first successful test subject for ALZ-113. "Koba" was also the code name of [[spoiler: JosephStalin, which the Georgian based on RobinHood-type character from a local book, ''The Patricide'']].
** All of the apes, i.e. Maurice, had names that were based on names of apes of the [[PlanetOfTheApes original film series]] or crew members that worked on the original film series.
** Alzheimer's victim Charles Rodman, references Charlton Heston, star of the original Planet of the Apes movie, who went public with his diagnosis of Alzheimers.
* [[MultinationalTeam Multi-species Team]]: Caesar's a chimpanzee and his eventual allies include gorillas, orangutans, and bonobos.
* MosesInTheBullrushes: Franklin makes Caesar this to Will.
* MoodWhiplash: When Dodge [[spoiler:snarls "Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape", people laugh. When Caesar stands upright and shouts [[BigNo NOOOO]], entire movie theaters fall silent.]]
* MonumentalBattle: The final showdown between apes and humans takes place on the Golden Gate Bridge.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Caesar's reaction as soon as Will's father snaps him out of his unstoppable rage towards his neighbor.
** Also, whilst he gets over it quickly enough, [[spoiler: Caesar still looks incredibly shocked at Dodge's death]].
* MythologyGag: See also ShoutOut below.
-->'''Dodge:''' Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"\\
'''Dodge:''' "It's a madhouse!"
** The way Caesar is treated at the ape prison is nearly identical to the way Taylor was treated in the original film.
** The manned space mission to another world, clearly meant to evoke the lost astronauts from the classic film. Probably a SequelHook to this movie to have this series follow the original.
** Caesar is seen working on a 3-D puzzle of the Statue of Liberty.
** Caesar is designed to resemble Roddy [=McDowall's=] Cornelius and Caesar makeup from the original series.
** Films starring Charlton Heston appear on the televisions at the ape prison.
** [[spoiler:Caesar's first word [[BigNo NOOOOOO!]] is the first word his character famously said that led to the uprising of apes in the original mythos.]]
** The start of the movie with the poachers hunting the wild chimp troop is similar to the human-hunting scene from the original movie (albeit done in a way that also echoes how poachers hunt chimps in RealLife).
** "Bright Eyes" was the name Zira gave Taylor in the original ''PlanetOfTheApes'' before learning his real name.
** The main guard in charge of the animal pound sounding like Creator/PaulGiamatti is a reference to his role in Creator/TimBurton's 2001 {{remake}} of ''PlanetOfTheApes'', in which he played a orangutan that dealt in human trafficking.
** Part of Caesar's plan for getting through the police blockade involves him [[spoiler: riding a horse]].
** One of the characters is named Dodge Landon, Dodge and Landon were Taylor's male companions in the first movie.
*** Dodge Landon's laugh while mocking the apes is similar to Charlton Heston's laughing at Dodge trying to mark their territory with an American flag.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer suggest that the ape horde Caesar leads are trying to violently conquer the whole planet, when in the actual film they're just trying to escape from captivity, generally only responding violently as a reaction to humans trying to hurt them.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Will's Cure version 2.0 allows Caesar to smarten the other apes and cause an uprising which kills at least four people. Worse, it seems that his creation will doom the human race, although [[DiabolusExMachina probably not in the way one would expect]].
* [[NoOSHACompliance No CDC Compliance]]: Gen*Sys has some serious issues about keeping experimental drugs from being constantly stolen from their labs. An employee is maskless in the same room as an untested, genetically modified, airborne virus - yet he is not detained for observation, and he calls off sick for ''two days'' before '''anyone''' puts two and two together.
* TheObiWan: Sort of. Will does teach him the developmental skills he needs to survive during the first eight years of his life, and Maurice helps reintroduce him into ape society and acts as a surrogate parent, but Caesar, due to the ALZ, is his own Obi-Wan, having managed to teach and improve upon all the skills taught to him within those eight years.
** Caesar himself will presumably become TheObiWan for his fellow apes, as they build their own society.
* OhCrap: Rodney, Dodge, and even Buck reacts like this when [[spoiler:Caesar screams "NO!" to Dodge.]] Will's, Caroline's, Will's father's, and even Caesar's [[MassOhCrap reactions]] to when Caesar viciously bit--nearly severed--the JerkAss neighbor's finger when trying to defend Will's father. Jacobs when seeing the facility's balcony filled with apes. And Rocket's when [[spoiler:Caesar corners him with Buck the gorilla. Jacobs again in the aforementioned helicopter scene. The cops when wrought-iron fenceposts start raining don on their cars.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Dodge, occasionally, especially during his more [[Film/HarryPotter Draco Malfoy]]-esque lines.
* PapaWolf: Inversion. Caesar, upon [[BerserkButton seeing Charles Rodman being picked on]] by his neighbor, immediately rushes off to defend Rodman from him, going [[TheBerserker berserk]] at his neighbor.
* ThePlague
* PoorCommunicationKills: Will drops the ball many times. He doesn't fess up about taking the cure home and its effect on his father until his father is starting to relapse. He doesn't fess up and point out that one of the test apes intelligence is off the charts. Despite knowing the intelligence level of Caesar, and knowing full well there are children out in the street Will doesn't have "the talk" with him.
** Perhaps if Caesar had used his sign language to let Will know the reality of the primate facility - and that he wasn't being kept in that prettily painted, toy-filled cage, Will might have gotten him out sooner. And perhaps if Will had taken time to explain WHY he couldn't take Caesar home - that the courts were forcing him not to but that he was working all out to get past that - perhaps Caesar would have felt less betrayed and abandoned by his human friend.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: [[spoiler: Caesar's first word in the movie may qualify for the shortest version of this trope ever.]]
* PreviewsPulse: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3tidwW1gGM&t=1m13s The film's trailers use a metallic chord]], which actually does show up in the film once, when the spear-wielding apes appear on a roof.
* RaisedByHumans: Caesar.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: Caesar signs that Will should ask Caroline out to dinner. This is left untranslated as Caroline can't understand the signs used.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Will's drug gives his father full reversal of Alzheimer's for eight years (followed by a rapid regression and progression). A potential pharmaceutical gold mine he dumps and starts over from scratch ''because it wasn't permanent.'' Granted, his father's death messed with his judgement, but still.
* LaResistance: By the end of the movie, Caesar's ape tribe has become this.
* PoisonousFriend: A DeletedScene [[spoiler:has Caesar pushing Jacobs off the Golden Gate Bridge. Instead the movie has him walking away and refusing to help, while Koba does the job instead.]]
* RockBeatsLaser: [[IncrediblyLamePun And Caesar beats Rocket.]]
* RoofHopping: It's easier when you're an ape.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Koba the bonobo.
* SequelHook: Along with the apes united on a forest, [[spoiler: a disease that will wipe out humans starts spreading.]]
* SerkisFolk: Starring Serkis himself. Interestingly, two apes shared an act''ress'', Green Eyes and ''Koba''.
* ShipperOnDeck: Caesar.
* ShoutOut: Several of them.
** At one point, Caesar is constructing a model of the Statue of Liberty, which was featured in the TwistEnding of the first film.
** Will Rodman was named after Roddy [=McDowall=], who played Caesar in ''Conquest''.
** Caesar appears on horseback late in the film.
** The orangutan is named Maurice, after Maurice Evans, who played the orangutan Dr. Zaius in the 1968 film.
** The Landons (the father and son who worked at the San Bruno Primate Shelter) were named after one of the astronauts in the 1968 film. Dodge's first name was also after the other astronaut.
** Dodge firehoses Caesar, as Taylor was firehosed in the 1968 film.
** Dodge has two lines originally spoken by Charlton Heston (See MythologyGag.)
** In the Gen*Sys lobby, there's a "Nova" Cafe. Nova was the beautiful, mute NubileSavage played by actress Linda Harrison, who befriends both Taylor and Brent in the original films.
** Caesar's mother was nicknamed "Bright Eyes," the nickname Zira gave to Taylor in the original.
** A female chimp is named "Cornelia."
** One of the chimps is named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Koba]], like the protagonist of Alexander Kazbegi's "The Patricide." [[spoiler:Guess what he ends up doing to his metaphorical father Jacobs, personification of Gen*Sys not to mention the fate of all other humans.]] Also, it was Josef Stalin's favorite pseudonym.
** The movie that Rodney is mouthing along to stars Charlton Heston.
** The cops chase after the monkeys on horseback with night sticks, similar to the apes on horseback chasing after Taylor in the first movie.
** The cure, ALZ-112. 112 was the original runtime of the first ''PlanetOfTheApes'' film.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Unlike ''Conquest of the PlanetOfTheApes'', where [[MeaningfulName Caesar]] is given that name after he picks out of a dictionary, this film has the chimp being named by the father of the human protagonist starting to quote ''Julius Caesar'' once he sees the baby ape.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: An early sign that Caesar is progressing ''way'' beyond ordinary chimp capacity. Also that he is able to think strategically, plan ahead, and utilize numerous subordinates with differing skills and abilities. Just in case that will come in useful later.
* SoftGlass: The Apes charge through tons of glass with no ill-effects.
* TheSonsAndTheSpears: Caesar does this with Maurice to explain why he's trying to get the apes to band together.
* SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic: During the end credits [[spoiler:as the virus that will wipe out humanity spreads.]]
* StarringSpecialEffects: ''Literally''. The trailers said "From Weta Digital: the Visual Effects Company for ''Film/{{Avatar}}''"
* SuddenlyVoiced: It's quite an important, and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]], scene.
* TakeMyHand: Averted; [[spoiler:Caesar thinks of helping Jacobs, but then walks off and lets Koba shove him off the bridge.]]
* TakingTheBullet: Buck shoves aside Caesar when the helicopter pilot starts shooting at him, then charges.
* ThirdPersonPerson: [[spoiler: Caesar. With a sample size of 1 ("Caesar is home"), it's hard to say if it's an example of HulkSpeak or if Caesar is imitating his namesake [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Julius]] (who Will's father is fond of quoting).]]
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: ALZ 113 is the designation of the drug that causes the whole mess.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Caesar. While he seems fine with certain [[JerkAss people]] [[KarmicDeath dying]], he is clearly not kill-happy. [[spoiler: He jumps in and stops the apes from killing one of the guards at the ape-facility, stops [[TheBigGuy Buck]] from killing a police officer, and while he personally kills [[AssholeVictim Dodge]], he is clearly [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone shocked]] by it. Besides, it's more an [[SelfDisposingVillain accident]] caused by [[TooDumbToLive Dodge's stupidity]] than anything else. See TooDumbToLive below for an exact explanation]].
* {{Timeskip}}: Three major ones occur within the 105-minute timespan of the film. The first occurs during the DistantPrologue, or at least the distant prologue presented in in Bright Eyes' flashback, creating an undetermined amount of time between when she was captured and brought to the Gen Sys laboratories. Two more timeskips occur after that, whittling down 8 years of Caesar's life into 40-70 minutes.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Dodge Landon. Even if Caesar wasn't aiming a hose at him at the time, what kind of idiot arms an electric prod, whilst ''standing in a puddle''?]]
** All three ape-housing facilities that we see have the worst animal-handling policies imaginable.
** [[spoiler: When testing a new virus (ALZ-113) and you see another scientist get exposed to it, do ''not'' simply assume he's okay because he ''says'' so, not bother to check him for contamination or immediately ''let him go home?!'' Congratulations, you've just doomed humanity!]].
* TowersOfHanoi: named in the film the "Lucas Tower", after its inventor, even though no one calls it that.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[spoiler: Bucks death by taking down the chopper, was one of the most used scenes for promoting the film.]]
** Averted with [[spoiler: Caesar's ability to speak. All of the trailers kept it hidden, maintaining the surprise and shock for audiences in theaters when he shouts that first word]]
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Assuming that the beginning takes place in modern-day 2011, that would point the film's events taking place between 2014 and 2019.
** The fact that the story takes place in the future is confirmed by a brief reference to a manned mission to Mars.
* UnstoppableRage: Caesar, when he sees Charles Rodman being bullied by his neighbor, goes berserk and attacks the neighbor, eventually biting off one of his fingers until Will Rodman manages to call out to him and snaps him out of his enraged state.
* UndyingLoyalty: Caesar apparently earned this from Buck the gorilla when he let him out of his cage for the first time.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Will's neighbors don't notice a large primate looking out his windows and ask about it. No one notices the primate in the back of his station wagon as he drives around.
* WeirdnessCensor: The Sanctuary manager clearly notices that something is off when he sees the apes' 'political rally', but he ignores it because it's [[WrongGenreSavvy just a bunch of silly apes]].
* WeNeedADistraction: Caesar and his apes battle the California Highway Patrol on the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a distraction so that most of the apes could escape by crossing the bridge from ''underneath'' undetected. Also, Will needs to get past the police to reach Caesar, so Caroline climbs onto the railing to get their attention.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:Caesar's BigNo.]]
** There's also [[spoiler: "Caesar ''is'' home."]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** We never see what becomes of Caroline after the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge. Did she actually get arrested? Do she and Will get back together? Then again, considering that it's shown already that the human race is doomed, maybe we're better off not finding out.
** John Landon also vanishes from the film rather abruptly; he is last seen discovering the police watching security cam footage of his son's death at the hands of Caesar.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim - sort of. Despite making short work of the California Highway Patrol, the apes never seem to bother to take their guns despite having numerous opportunities to do so.
** Plus, sending the cops in with bats rather than guns once they make it to the bridge.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Caesar and ''all'' the apes of the film. They are going to destroy the ''entire'' human world.
* YouShallNotPass: Done with an orangutan wielding a manhole cover and a gorilla wielding a parking meter ''he ripped from the pavement.'' Exactly as [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]] as it sounds.
* YouWillBeSpared: Will Rodman, Caroline, and the person in charge of the San Bruno Animal Pound were spared without a single scratch. Rodney, the guard who worked alongside Dodge is an interesting case: Though he was at the mercy at a furious NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, he was still spared since, compared to Dodge, he treated the apes with more compassion and actually tried to stop Dodge's ruthless tactics on more than one occasion.