A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other -- and to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings is breaking new ground, creating a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate.
Factual Mistake The end credits give thanks for allowing the use of clips from a movie called "The French Connection II." There is no movie by this name, the actual movie is called French Connection II
Factual Mistake When Dodge Landon drags the cattle prod across the cage, we see a shower of sparks. However, if you drag a real electric cattle prod across a metal surface, you will only see blue arcing, no different than the blue arcing between the prongs.
Factual Mistake Dodge Landon is presumably electrocuted in a dramatic shower of sparks when he's sprayed with the water hose while holding an electric cattle prod. This is pure nonsense. There is nowhere near enough power contained within this battery powered device to electrocute somebody.
Factual Mistake Chimps don't have suitable throats or vocal cords to produce human speech, as Caesar does. (That's why they were taught sign language.)
Factual Mistake The experimental drugs in the movie were ALZ-112 and ALZ-113. The "ALZ" prefix was in reference to what the drug was designed to treat, Alzheimer's Disease. In the pharmaceutical industry, however, drugs in development are named with a prefix that is an abbreviation for the company developing it. Since the company's name was Gen-sys, a drug name of "GNS-112" would be plausible.
Factual Mistake The entire part where the doctor is performing the eye test (refraction) on the ape is wrong. Not only does he do many things that are incorrect and make no sense at all, but the process itself is useless unless the patient is providing responses. The left eye is also clearly opacified, making any testing on that eye useless as well.
Miscellaneous After the Golden Gate fight scene, all the police cars are shut up, smashed and on fire. Will gets in one that was right in the middle of the mayhem, yet it is unscratched. - There's no guarantee that everything would sustain damage despite how unlikely it would be.
Miscellaneous It can't have been a surprise to the staff that Bright Eyes was pregnant. Animals used for medical tests are very closely examined both before and after treatment.
Miscellaneous When the intelligent apes that were exposed to ALZ-112 escaped from the sanctuary, they went to the San Francisco Zoo and freed all the apes from a large exhibit area. The freed apes joined the group on their fight for freedom. However, the zoo apes had not been exposed to ALZ-112 and would not have had the intelligence to plan and organize like the transformed apes.
Miscellaneous When Charles sits in the Mustang and puts it in drive, then reverse then drive again. He gets pulled out of the car, but he never switches the gear into neutral.
Character Error Buck's nostrils are rounded yet a gorilla's nostrils are covered by a small amount of skin folded along the area.
Character Error When Will is giving his presentation to the board, he states that ALZ-112 has potential to cure central nervous system diseases, yet the presentation screen behind him flashing names of diseases flashes Muscular Dystrophy which is an intrinsic muscle disease, not a CNS disease.
Continuity On the Golden Gate bridge, the police cars and officers are waiting by the end of the road, weapons drawn. One officer at the end with a handgun has it drawn, then the next shot has it holstered, then the next shot has it drawn again.
Continuity The bus on the Golden Gate Bridge is shown in various different positions despite not being moved.
Continuity After the roof of the bus is riddled with bullet-holes the action cuts to a side on view of the apes advancing. In this shot the bus is unscathed.
Continuity On the Golden Gate Bridge, Caesar stands on the roof of a Nissan Maxima and raises his hand and roars as he stops the Apes advance. In the next shot, Caesar is seen from the rear and the car is a Volkswagen Jetta.
Continuity When the apes are crossing the bridge, it is covered in fog. However, by the time they are at the top of the redwoods, there is no fog on the bridge.
Continuity When the apes make their escape, it is supposed to be at dawn, but the footage was clearly shot with the sun in the west, at sunset.
Continuity When Caesar throws food in Landon's face the tray of food in his cage is full. But after Landon soaks him with the hose and walks away, the food tray is totally empty (and it was not sprayed with the hose).
Continuity When they first took Caesar to the redwood forest, the California license plate registration sticker for their Jeep had an expiration of June 2010. Later when they show the grown Caesar the building complex where he was born, the registration sticker is still June 2010, despite this scene taking place five years later.
Errors in Geography The movie places Muir Woods in the Marin Headlands, just to the north of the Golden Gate Bridge. In reality, they are about 5 miles to the NW of that location and the bridge is not visible because of the hills and trees in between. Additionally, the Marin Headlands are mostly wind swept grass and scrub brush and have very few trees, let alone redwood forests.
Errors in Geography When the apes jump on the cable car, they move down a hill where they can see the Golden Gate Bridge behind downtown. In actuality, the bridge is a distance away. There would be nowhere in San Francisco where this shot would be viable.
Errors in Geography Caesar was sent to the San Bruno Primate Sanctuary. It was located atop Twin Peaks,which is in the heart of the city of San Francisco. San Bruno is a suburb eleven miles south of San Francisco.
Factual Mistake The type of respirator used during the initial test of ALZ-113 requires a snug fit to the face to prevent outside air from leaking in. The character of Franklin has a thick beard, which would have broken this seal, rendering the respirator ineffective.
Factual Mistake When Caesar and Will stroll along the chimp exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo, there is a sign that says orangutan exhibit when yet the San Francisco Zoo doesn't have orangutans.
After deciding that Caesar's mother would die early in the film, Caesar originally had a "romance" with a female chimpanzee named Cornelia at the ape sanctuary, who was taken to the GenSys lab, and freeing her was his reason to go there instead. Scenes with the two made it into some trailers before being finally cut (Cornelia still returns as Caesar's partner in the sequel, though).
Will's first romantic interest was Mollie Stewart, a primatologist in Will's laboratory.
Karin Konoval: the actress who plays Maurice the orangutan makes an on-screen appearance as the woman at the police station when Will tries to regain custody of Caesar. Ironically, that character believes that Caesar should have been put down while Maurice is one of Caesar's closest allies.
Terry Notary: The actor who plays Caesar's mother Bright Eyes and the former dominant chimpanzee Rocket, also had an uncredited cameo as one of the gorillas on the Golden Gate Bridge action sequence.
This movie is the first installment to feature another great ape species besides chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans; Koba, the scarred lab ape and some apes at the Gen-Sys and sanctuary, are bonobos.
Tobey Maguire was considered for the role of Will.
This is the second film in which Andy Serkis plays an ape, having previously portrayed 2005's version of King Kong (2005). He was also the motion capture actor for Gollum in Lord of the Rings, where he bites off Frodo's finger. His ape character Caesar bites the neighbor's finger in this role, too.
In the original ending (which was actually filmed), Will (James Franco ) dies. One month before the movie was slated to be released, however, minds were changed, so Franco and Andy Serkis flew in over the 4th of July weekend to shoot the ending that stayed in the film.
The project was started in 2006.
Shia LaBeouf was considered to play Will Rodman.
The original post-credits scene had Koba discovering an abandoned police shotgun in the woods and learning to shoot it.
Caesar uses a bundle of sticks to explain to Maurice how an ape alone is weak but apes together are strong. The bundle of sticks, or fasces, was a symbol of authority in ancient Rome, the origin of Caesar's name. Caesar's charisma is also reminiscent of Benito Mussolini, who adopted the fasces as the symbol of his Italian Fascist party. The fasces or bundle of sticks concept is also used in several symbols in the architecture of the American White House and Captiol and is the subject of the Aesop fable "The Bundle of Sticks" about a father demonstrating to his sons how they should work together.
The head of the research department Steven Jacobs (David Oyelowo) is named after Arthur P. Jacobs, producer of the original "Apes" franchise. His production company, APJAC, was often referred to as "ApeJAC".
Shipped to theaters under the code name "Salad".
Kathryn Bigelow, Robert Rodriguez, Tomas Alfredson, Allen Hughes and Albert Hughes, Pierre Morel, James McTeigue, Dennis Iliadis and Scott Stewart all were considered by the studio, or passed on the project before director Rupert Wyatt signed on.
This is Charlton Heston's 5th 'appearence' in the Planet of the Apes franchise. 1) He starred in the original; 2) co-starred in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970); 3) was seen in archive footage (kissing Zira in a sepia yellow flashback) in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971); 4) had a cameo as Zaius in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes (2001) remake; and 5) can be seen on the TV set in the Ape bunkhouse in the role of Michelangelo from The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) in this movie.
The "in-flight footage" from the Icarus mission is actually a clip of on-board film from the 1968 flight of Apollo 8.
In one scene under the vault, Caesar is taking the pose of The Thinker, by French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
The surname of Freida Pinto's character "Aranha" is the Portuguese word for spider.
One of the most well known apes who uses sign language is the bonobo Kanzi. He was taught through a Lexigram board, which can be briefly seen in the ape sanctuary and at the room in Gen-Sys where lab assistants are giving the bonobo Koba (Christopher Gordon) an eye test.
One of the first feature films to use motion-capture in a so-called 'on location' setting. Previously, motion-capture was limited to special studio set up with special motion-capture cameras in very clearly defined surroundings.
The jigsaw puzzle that Caesar has nearly completed is a depiction of Taylor and Nova from the original Planet of the Apes (1968), riding on a horse down the beach, just before coming upon the Statue of Liberty.
Andy Serkis based Caesar's behavior on a chimpanzee named Oliver, for the balance of behaving like a civilized chimp. His red shirt and black pants, his appearance and ability to sign well is based on another chimpanzee in science, Nim Chimpsky.
Koba is the nickname of Joseph Stalin during his time as a revolutionary in Georgia. It was taken by Stalin based on the book The Patricide by Georgian author Aleqsandre Kazbegi.
The small labels on the Gen-Sys cages have the information for the chimps which include name, year of birth, test number, months acquired and sex; Bright Eyes' year of birth is 1997, Number 9, FM, 4 months and Koba's is 2000, Number 6, and ML.
This film was one of a number of movies that were in competition at the 2012 Academy Awards that was related to France and French culture in some way. The films included The Artist (2011), Hugo (2011), Midnight in Paris (2011), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), Puss in Boots (2011) from the French fairy-tale by Charles Perrault, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) based on the novel by Pierre Boulle and A Cat in Paris (2010). Interestingly though, there was no French film nominated for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012.
According to Rick Jaffa, the codename of the first experimental virus in this movie was to be RT-112, as a reference to the original Planet of the Apes (1968) having an RT (running time) of 112 minutes. They later settled for ALZ-112.
The main character Will is desperately looking for a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Charlton Heston, who was the main character in the original Planet of the Apes (1968), tragically passed away in 2008 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Andy Serkis and Terry Notary admitted that they both played other ape roles and created the other apes characters such as Lucky, Andy and Wolfie.
This is Terry Notary's second Apes film were he is a stunt double and movement coach, this the first time were he is a stunt coordinator and an actor.
WILHELM SCREAM: When the helicopter crashes into a police car, during the ape battle scene.
When Bright Eyes is shown playing with a puzzle, it is referred to as the "Lucas Towers". The puzzle is actually known as the "Tower of Hanoi," invented in 1883 by French mathematician Edouard Lucas, but this isn't a goof because its one of the puzzle's name.
Caesar's speaking voice was mixed by sound designer Chuck Michael, he mixed the sounds of fully grown male chimps' vocalizations they recorded at Chimp Haven and with Andy Serkis's voice.
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver admitted that they had the help of their kids to write the screenplay, especially their son Joe for the submissive gesture.
Charles Rodman (John Lithgow) regains his ability to play the piano after ALZ-112 treatment. This is a reference to The Simpsons episode 147 (The Simpsons: A Fish Called Selma (1996)) where actor Troy McClure stars in a musical adaption of Planet of the Apes. In the song "Dr. Zaius", McClure asks "Can I play the piano anymore?" Dr. Zaius answers "Of course you can." to which McClure replies "Well, I couldn't before."
Rodney is wearing the same colored clothing as Caesar (dark red shirt with blue jeans) when he asks Dodge about Caesar's clothing and whether it will cause problems with the other apes. Rodney is later beaten by the apes in the sanctuary before Caesar intervenes, much like Caesar was beaten by Rocket in the play yard after having his red shirt torn from his back by Rocket.
After the apes run rampant through downtown San Francisco, Caesar, Maurice, Buck, and Rocket are shown standing upright on the roof of a trolley car as it ascends a hill overlooking the Golden Gate bridge. Not only are the 4 leaders of the ape rebellion showcased together, but the representation of the 4 different dominant ape species (Chimpanzee, Orangutan, Gorilla, and Bonobo) are shown in unity. Their upright posture and the trolley's ascent also give metaphoric connotation to the film's title.
Will Rodman's surname is a nod to original Planet of the Apes screenwriter Rod (Rodman) Serling.
The first script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver originated in 2006 as a completely unrelated project, Genesis, centered around an evil genetically-engineered chimpanzee that was raised at a human home and was very smart, but spoke only in sign language.
Will Rodman was originally a scientist trying to cure his wife's Alzheimer's.
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