Being a Stargate fan, David Hewlett’s small part in Rise of the Planet of the Apes spurred me to go see the movie in the theater. I generally opt for the DVD.
I loved the original Planet of the Apes – also seen in the theater in 1968. (Yes, yes, I know most of you were barely out of diapers! Or unborn). But I loved the campiness of the Planet of the Apes as well as the newness of its premise and for its day, the great walking, talking, human like apes.
This movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, while certainly predictable, was awesome summer movie fun! Oh, and now I want a baby chimp. And those apes are totally believable. I forgot they were CGI. Where’d they get that talking ape???
David Hewlett plays the neighbor of Will Rodman (James Franco) who took a baby chimpanzee, Caesar, home to save it’s cute little life. (Caesar is so adorable and then he’s just a fabulous hero when he grows up).
Will is working on genetic engineering drugs (using chimps as test subjects). Caesar ends up staying with Will, who’s next door neighbor is baseball bat wielding, grouchy Hunsiker (David Hewlett). Hewlett delivers a believable character and shows off is excellent talent. It was so wonderful seeing him on the big screen!
There’s the obligatory evil corporation going far beyond testing. Caesar goes protective mode on Hunsiker and ends up being taken away from Will. Then you get the sad locked up primates – who by the way really rock it near the end!
The scenes with Caesar and friends and their own development is outstanding. If you never saw the original Planet of the Apes, this movie – which strongly stands alone if you’ve not seen the older one – delivers the goods on how/why the genetically altered apes could one day end up taking over the planet.
I know people love to pick movies apart. I know they can get their expectations a bit too high from trailers. I also know this movie is awesome on many levels.
Oh, and that creepy Dodge Landon – primate keeper and all around meanie – played by Tom Felton? Yikes, good job, Tom!