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Film: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Ceaser: (In sign) Ape alone, weak. Apes together... strong.
Maurice: (Also in sign) Apes stupid.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt, the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes serves as a reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Word of God says the film, a loose remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, will mark the Origin Story for a new Planet Of The Apes universe (and future films). This is the only 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 virus-based 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 self-realization and an eventual uprising.

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

The sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, was released in 2014, directed by Matt Reeves.

A third film has been fast-tracked by Fox, also to be directed by Reeves.


This film provides examples of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: 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.
  • Actor Allusion: Caesar (Andy Serkis) bites Hunsiker's finger. In The Lord of the Rings, Gollum (also portrayed by Andy Serkis) bites off Frodo's finger.
  • All There in the Manual: The prequel comic refers to Caesar's father as "Alpha" and details Bright Eyes' days at Gen-Sys.
  • Apocalypse How: Planetary-level, with the credits showing the lethal-to-humans ALZ-113 being spread around the world.
  • Arc Words: "Home" and "No."
  • Art Major Biology: Apes cannot speak human languages because of the different structures of their vocal cords, not cognitive capacity... 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 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. There is also the fact that humans are just another species of ape, if there is a chemical that transforms all form of ape then it would effect humans similarly.
  • Asshole Victim: All over the place. That way you know who you're supposed to be sympathizing with.
    • Dodge Landon.
    • Hunsiker, Will's neighbor. Although most people would be rather upset in those situations.
    • Jacobs.
  • Bash Brothers: Buck the gorilla and Maurice the orangutan taking out cop cars.
  • Berserk Button: 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.
  • Big Bad: Steven Jacobs, who is Rodman's boss
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Buck gets killed taking out a helicopter that was gunning down the escaping apes.
  • Big "NO!": Caesar's Big No serves as the single most important event of the film.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Caesar and Maurice are fluent in Sign Language
  • Black Dude Dies First: Inverted: Jacobs dies last.
  • Blood from the Mouth (and the nose, and the ears): The scientist infected with ALZ-113 has this happen to him as he grows sicker.
  • Brains and Brawn: Caesar and Buck defeating Rocket.
  • Break the Cutie: Abuse at the hands of Dodge and the other chimps at the primate facility do this to Caesar.
  • But What About the Astronauts?: That Mars mission is in for a big surprise when they finally return. In fact, it's implied to be the Icarus from Planet of the Apes.
  • Butt Monkey: Hunsiker. 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 Laser-Guided Karma.
    • 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.
    • "JUST LET ME LIVE MY LIFE!"
  • Call Back: 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, during the ape's rampage through San Fran, the same symbol appears again scrawled on a road sign, seemingly to mark territory.
  • California Doubling: Inverted - New Zealand for San Francisco.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Dodge likes torturing the apes with his cattle prod and fire hose. Guess how he dies?
  • Chekhov's Skill: Inverted, sort of. The fact that Will's neighbor is a pilot becomes relevant at the very end, but in a very bad way.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Caesar lures Rocket into the main room of the refuge center and then 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.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: 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.
  • Continuity Snarl: The 10-year projection graph at Gen-Sys 8 years before the rest of the movie contains years 2011-2019. Eight more years would place most of the film in 2019. However, the year 2016 appears on a car sticker and is even suggested as the year of this film's events by the website dawnofapes.com, which itself contradicts the 2013, 2012, and 2011 years given by the Simian Flu website, the Dawn novelization, and Motherboard's Before The Dawn shorts respectively. One thing that we know for sure is that Caesar's birth takes place no earlier than 2005 since that year is on Charles Rodman's certificate on the wall in the beginning.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Jacobs, who's willing to go straight to human trials the minute they get good results on the apes, without making sure it's safe first.
    Jacobs: You make history. I make money.
  • Creative Closing Credits: Goes hand-in-hand with the Downer Ending. The credits roll over an animation of international flight patterns spreading the ALZ-113 virus across the globe.
  • Deadly Disc: Maurice uses the classic manhole cover to take out a police car.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Will. The real protagonist is Caesar.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Caesar invokes this on Rocket after getting the latter to submit to him.
  • Definitely Just a Cold: A scientist working in a lab with viruses somehow just assumes this.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Two supporting characters perish in this fashion: Will's father, and Buck.
  • Disastrous Demonstration: Bright Eyes' spectacular escape concludes right in the middle of an investors' meeting.
  • Disney Villain Death: Well, the finale takes place on the Golden Gate Bridge, so yeah, folks are gonna be falling.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Pretty much the entire plot of the movie.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: 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.
  • Doomed by Canon: The entire human race, given that this is a prequel/reboot of the original series.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Very interesting interpretation in 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 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 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.
  • Downer Ending: 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 Foregone Conclusion though since this is a prequel.
  • Everythings Better With Apes: It is a reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: For Caesar and the few apes that made it past the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: Apes escape from their own facility and release other apes from a zoo to create an army, before disappearing into the forests.
  • Evil Brit: Dodge and John Landon. At the very least, they are portrayed by British actors with the former English and the latter Scottish respectively.
  • Evolution Powerup: When any apes is exposed to ALZ-112 or the more-virulent ALZ-113.
  • Five-Finger Discount: Caesar stealing the knife he uses to get out of prison.
  • Fragile Speedster: The chimps and Bonobos are very agile, but are much weaker than orangutans and Gorillas.
  • Flowers for Algernon Syndrome: 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.
  • Fog of War: A convenient fog hides the apes on the bridge from the police.
  • Foreshadowing: The final scene of the film ( Caesar, Koba and Will) practically serves as a glimpse and taste of the sequel's main plot.
  • Five Ape Band:
    • The Hero: Caesar
    • The Lancer: Rocket the bald chimpanzee
    • The Big Guy: Buck the gorilla
    • The Smart Guy: Maurice the orangutan
    • The Chick: Cornelia the female chimpanzee
    • Token Evil Teammate / Sixth Ranger: 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. However, the sequel shows he is absolutely this, and eventually he becomes the Big Bad.
  • Foregone Conclusion: It's called RISE of the Planet of the Apes, so this was to be expected.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Caesar isn't really a Big Bad 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 a small preview of what is to come.
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: In this continuity, apparently we didn't "blow it up," as Charlton Heston assumed.
  • Genius Bruiser: 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.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Yes, ALZ-113 does improve mental functions! To lethal degrees.
  • Graffiti of the Resistance: Shows up briefly, where the picture Caesar drew on his wall in the animal shelter to represent his window at home is seen spray-painted on a road sign following the apes' revolt.
  • Green Eyes: The ALZ-112 and 113 cause green pigmentation in an ape's eyes.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: One can't fault the apes for rebelling, 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.
  • Guile Hero: Caesar.
  • Gunboat Diplomacy: 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.
  • Heroic BSOD: Poor Caesar goes under two of these- the first one after experiencing his Curb-Stomp Battle 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Buck, the main gorilla, has one to take out the helicopter.
  • Hero of Another Story: 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.
  • High Voltage Death: 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 Hoist by His Own Petard, it seems.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dodge is killed when he 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.
  • Hope Spot: 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 Shown Their Work, since this is generally the final outcome of most Alzheimer's treatments in real life (the ones that work at all, anyway).
  • Hot Scientist: One could say both Will and Caroline fall into this category.
  • Hulk Speak: 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: "Why cookie Rocket?"
    *apes start fighting*
    Maurice: "Apes stupid."
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: The movie is more 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.
  • Idiot Ball: 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.
  • Improvised Armor: Several gorillas push over a bus and slide it towards a police roadblock to block their fire.
  • Improvised Weapon: The apes are absolute masters of finding innovative uses for random stuff - wrought-iron fence poles become spears, a manhole cover becomes a thrown anti-vehicle weapon, and a heavy iron chain can kill a helicopter's door-gunner.
  • Ironic Echo: From how 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!"
  • It Can Think: The whole plot.
  • Jerkass: As much as Hunsiker is this trope, Dodge is even worse. Tom Felton has said that Dodge "makes Draco look soft" and, let's face it, he would know.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: The jerkass neighbor gains audience sympathy when he finds a chimpanzee in his home, near his children, and has the nerve to fend off what he obviously believed was a dangerous wild animal.
  • Just Before the End: Or rather, at the very beginning of it.
  • Karmic Death: Let's just say that being mean to Caesar is not a good way to make it to the end credits.
    • There's also Jacobs, who's killed not by Caesar, but by Koba, who has a more personal reason for killing him.
    "Not you."
  • Kick the Dog: Dodge does this a lot, starting with spraying Caesar with a high-powered hose after the latter flings slop into his face.
  • Killer Gorilla: Buck, and most of the rest.
  • Kindly Vet: Caroline, who ends up marrying Will early in the film.
  • Lab Pet: Ceasar, the son of a lab chimp, is taken home and made a pet.
  • Language Equals Thought: 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.
  • Large Ham: Dodge.
  • Mama Bear: Why Bright Eyes goes berserk.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": When Caesar 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.
  • Meaningful Name
    • Obviously Caesar, as the military and political genius.
    • Koba, the first successful test subject for ALZ-113. "Koba" was also the code name of Joseph Stalin, which the Georgian based on Robin Hood-type character from a local book, The Patricide.
    • Charles Rodman may be named after Charles Darwin, who is known for contributing to the theory of evolution, a theme in this film.
    • All of the apes, i.e. Maurice, had names that were based on names of apes of the 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.
  • Multi-species Team: Caesar's a chimpanzee and his eventual allies include gorillas, orangutans, and bonobos.
  • Moses in the Bullrushes: Franklin makes Caesar this to Will.
  • Mood Whiplash: When Dodge snarls "Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape", people laugh. When Caesar stands upright and shouts NOOOO, entire movie theaters fall silent.
  • Monumental Battle: The final showdown between apes and humans takes place on the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: 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, Caesar still looks incredibly shocked at Dodge's death.
  • Mythology Gag: See also Shout-Out 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 Sequel Hook 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.
    • Caesar's first word — NOOOOOO! — is, according to Cornelius in Escape from the Planet of the Apes, the first word spoken by an ape named Aldo, the first ape to speak, that led to the uprising of apes in the original mythos before the altering of the timeline.
    • 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 Real Life).
    • "Bright Eyes" was the name Zira gave Taylor in the original Planet of the Apes before learning his real name.
    • The main guard in charge of the animal pound sounding like Paul Giamatti is a reference to his role in Tim Burton's 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, in which he played a orangutan that dealt in human trafficking.
    • Part of Caesar's plan for getting through the police blockade involves him riding a horse.
    • One of the characters is named John Landon, and he has a son named Dodge Landon. Thomas Dodge and John Landon were Taylor's fellow astronauts 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.
    • Dodge keeping the apes in line with a high-pressure hose like the one the apes use the "Mad house!!" scene of the original.
    • Caesar believing that he is being treated like a pet after he sees a dog who, like him, is on a leash is a reference to the fact mentioned in Conquest that, prior to becoming slaves, apes became pets after all cats and dogs were killed by a virus from space in 1983.
    • Speaking of which, this movie also contains a virus. Unlike the one mentioned in the original series, this virus, the ALZ-113, makes apes more intelligent but infects humans with a lethal illness.
    • Maurice has a circus background like Caesar of the original film series.
    • In Escape, Caesar's parents Cornelius and Zira get shot to death. In this film, Caesar's mother Bright Eyes also gets shot to death.
    • Caesar saying "No" whenever apes try to beat humans to death echoes the scene from Conquest in which Lisa says "No" when the apes are about to beat the humans to death at the end.
    • Caesar signing "Home" and wanting to go to a home echo the commander yelling "Home!" to the apes in Conquest.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: 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 probably not in the way one would expect.
  • 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.
  • The Obi-Wan: 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 The Obi-Wan for his fellow apes, as they build their own society.
  • Oh, Crap: Rodney, Dodge, and even Buck reacts like this when Caesar screams "NO!" to Dodge. Will's, Caroline's, Will's father's, and even Caesar's reactions to when Caesar viciously bit—nearly severed—the Jerk Ass neighbor's finger when trying to defend Will's father. Jacobs when seeing the facility's balcony filled with apes. And Rocket's when 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.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Dodge, occasionally, especially during his more Draco Malfoy-esque lines.
  • Papa Wolf: Inversion. Caesar, upon seeing Charles Rodman being picked on by his neighbor, immediately rushes off to defend Rodman from him, going berserk at his neighbor.
  • The Plague
  • Poor Communication Kills: 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.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Caesar's first word in the movie may qualify for the shortest version of this trope ever.
  • Previews Pulse: 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.
  • Raised by Humans: Caesar.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles: Caesar signs that Will should ask Caroline out to dinner. This is left untranslated as Caroline can't understand the signs used.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: 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.
  • La Résistance: By the end of the movie, Caesar's ape tribe has become this.
  • Poisonous Friend: A Deleted Scene 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.
  • Rock Beats Laser: And Caesar beats Rocket.
  • Roof Hopping: It's easier when you're an ape.
  • Seldom Seen Species: Koba the bonobo.
  • Sequel Hook: Along with the apes united on a forest, a disease that will wipe out humans starts spreading.
    • Possibly the Icarus spacecraft evidently disappearing in space.
  • Serkis Folk: Starring Serkis himself. Interestingly, two apes shared an actor, Bright Eyes and Rocket.
  • Shipper on Deck: Caesar.
  • Shout-Out: Several of them.
    • At one point, Caesar is constructing a model of the Statue of Liberty, which was featured in the Twist Ending of the first film.
    • Will Rodman was named after Michael Wilson and Rod Serling, who wrote the screenplay for the 1968 film.
      • His name (possibly by coincidence) sounds similar to Will Robinson, the geneticist in Terry Hayes' 1996 screenplay Return of the Apes.
      • Perhaps also by coincidence, "Rodman" is almost an anagram of "Armando," which was the name of the circus owner who owned Caesar in Escape from the Planet of the Apes and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.
    • Robert Franklin is named after Franklin J. Schaffner, the director of the 1968 film.
    • 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.
      • An early draft included a human character named Evans.
    • Buck the gorilla is named after Buck Kartalian, who portrayed Julius the gorilla in the 1968 film.
    • Rocket is named after set decorator Norman Rockett from the 1968 film.
    • John Landon and Dodge Landon (the father and son who worked at the San Bruno Primate Shelter) were named after one of the astronauts John Landon and Thomas Dodge in the 1968 film.
    • Dodge firehoses Caesar, as Taylor was firehosed in the 1968 film.
    • Dodge has two lines originally spoken by Charlton Heston (See Mythology Gag.)
    • In the Gen-Sys lobby, there's a "Nova" Cafe. Nova was the beautiful, mute Nubile Savage played by actress Linda Harrison, who befriends both Taylor and Brent in the original films.
    • Gen-Sys scientist Linda Andersen is named after Nova actress Linda Harrison.
    • Steven Jacobs, head of Gen-Sys, is named after Arthur P. Jacobs, the producer of the original film series.
    • Caesar's mother was nicknamed "Bright Eyes," the nickname Zira gave to Taylor in the 1968 film.
    • A female chimp is named "Cornelia."
    • A bonobo is named Koba, like the protagonist of Alexander Kazbegi's "The Patricide." 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.
    • Rodney is named after Roddy McDowall, who portrayed Cornelius and Caesar in the original film series, as well as Galen in the live-action TV series. Rodney revealing to Will that Caesar spoke mirrors Cornelius revealing in Escape that an ape named Aldo was the first to speak, his first word being "No."
    • The cops chase after the apes 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 Planet of the Apes film.
    • Buck jumping at the helicopter and getting shot is similar to King Kong getting shot down by airplanes.
      • Serkis played King Kong in the 2005 remake.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: Unlike Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, where Caesar is given that name after he picks out of a dictionary (albeit Armando had already given him that name prior), 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.
  • Smart People Play Chess: 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.
  • Soft Glass: The Apes charge through tons of glass with no ill-effects.
  • The Sons and the Spears: Caesar does this with Maurice to explain why he's trying to get the apes to band together.
  • Spreading Disaster Map Graphic: During the end credits as the virus that will wipe out humanity spreads.
  • Starring Special Effects: Literally. The trailers said "From Weta Digital: the Visual Effects Company for Avatar"
  • Suddenly Voiced: It's quite an important, and awesome, scene.
  • Take My Hand: Averted; Caesar thinks of helping Jacobs, but then walks off and lets Koba shove him off the bridge.
  • Taking the Bullet: Buck shoves aside Caesar when the helicopter pilot starts shooting at him, then charges.
  • Third-Person Person: Caesar. With a sample size of 1 ("Caesar is home"), it's hard to say if it's an example of Hulk Speak or if Caesar is imitating his namesake Julius (who Will's father is fond of quoting).
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: ALZ 113 is the designation of the drug that causes the whole mess.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Caesar. While he seems fine with certain people dying, he is clearly not kill-happy. He jumps in and stops the apes from killing one of the guards at the ape-facility, stops Buck from killing a police officer, and while he personally kills Dodge, he is clearly shocked by it. Besides, it's more an accident caused by Dodge's stupidity than anything else. See Too Dumb to Live below for an exact explanation.
  • Timeskip: Three major ones occur within the 105-minute timespan of the film. The first occurs during the Distant Prologue, 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live: 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.
    • 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!.
  • Towers of Hanoi: named in the film the "Lucas Tower", after its inventor, even though no one calls it that.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Bucks death by taking down the chopper, was one of the most used scenes for promoting the film.
    • Averted with 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
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: 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.
  • Villain Protagonist: Highly debatable
  • Unstoppable Rage: 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: Caesar apparently earned this from Buck the gorilla when he let him out of his cage for the first time.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: 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.
  • Weirdness Censor: The Sanctuary manager clearly notices that something is off when he sees the apes' 'political rally', but he ignores it because it's just a bunch of silly apes.
  • We Need a Distraction: 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.
  • Wham Line: Caesar's Big "NO!".
    • There's also "Caesar is home."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • 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.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? - 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.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Caesar and all the apes of the film. They are going to destroy the entire human world.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Done with an orangutan wielding a manhole cover and a gorilla wielding a parking meter he ripped from the pavement. Exactly as awesome as it sounds.
  • You Will Be Spared: 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 No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, 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.
    Creator/Tracy SpiridakosBeing Human
HugoFilm Brain ListLa Piel Que Habito
Planet of the Apes (2001)Franchise/Planet of the ApesDawn of the Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes (2001)Science Fiction FilmsDawn of the Planet of the Apes
Planet of the ApesCreator/ 20 th Century FoxDawn of the Planet of the Apes
Planet of the ApesFilms of the 2010sDawn of the Planet of the Apes

alternative title(s): Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
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