Rise of the Planet of the Apes

film / 7.00pm / C4

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Not to be con­fused with its se­quel

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (on Film4, Thurs­day, 9.00pm), this is the first of the re­booted se­ries, the one that gets the ape takeover of planet Earth un­der way. A shot of an anti-alzheimer’s drug cooked up by bof­fin James Franco and ad­min­sis­tered to his lab-test chim­panzee Cae­sar is what does it, with Cae­sar (it’s Andy Serkis, af­ter Gol­lum and King Kong again do­ing his best in a mo­tion-cap­ture role) sud­denly re­al­is­ing he’s been given the brain power he needs to lead a re­volt against hu­man­ity. War for the Planet of the Apes, the lat­est se­quel to this fas­ci­nat­ing, pacy ac­tioner, hits screens this week.

All rise: Cae­sar leads a re­volt

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