The best movies of 2011 are a varied bunch. If you’re looking for a list of the best movies released in 2011, look no further. This article will break down what we believe are the best movies of 2011.

Who doesn’t love watching a good movie?

This year, there were many great films to choose from. It was difficult for us to pick just 30 movies out of the plethora that were released this year.

There are so many awesome and memorable moments in those ten films!

Best Movies Of 2011

Did you know that 2011 had some of the best movies in years? Let’s take a look!

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life (2011) is a film that follows the life of a man, his family, and friends. It’s a journey through time, focusing on the people and events that changed the course of their lives. The film was written and directed by Terrence Malick.

It stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, and Hunter McCracken.

The Tree of Life (2011) tells an entirely different story than any of Malick’s previous works. However, it is still a beautiful piece that features stunning visuals to complement its moving story.

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  • Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain (Actors)
  • Terrence Malick (Director) - Terrence Malick (Writer) - Brad Pitt (Producer)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Artist

The Artist is a 2011 French comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Michel Hazanavicius.

It tells the story of two silent movie stars, George Valentin and Peppy Miller (Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo), in 1927 Hollywood who are struggling to make their latest film a success.

The film was screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Palme d’Or.

Its creators described it as “a silent film of the 21st century.”

The film received universal acclaim from critics, who praised its visual style, direction, score, screenplay, and performances. However, some critics felt that the plot was predictable and that some of the supporting characters were underdeveloped.

The Artist (Blu-ray + DVD)
  • Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman (Actors)
  • Michel Hazanavicius (Director)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Melancholia

Melancholia is a sci-fi drama film from infamous director Lars Von Trier. Melancholia’s bleakness and melancholic tone might seem off-putting, but it’s genuinely moving.

The film stars Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

The lives of sisters Justine and Claire get entangled when they discover that Earth is about to collide with an enormous planet called Melancholia.

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  • Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland (Actors)
  • Lars Von Trier (Director)
  • Spanish (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

 

BEST MOVIES OF 2011

Best Movies Of 2011

Every year, movie studios release what they think will be the biggest blockbusters of the year.

At the same time, independent filmmakers hope their smaller movies make a splash in theaters or at film festivals.

2011 was another fine year for movies. From sequels to prequels, adaptations to remakes, here are what we consider the best movies of 2011.

 

 

Drive

Drive (2011) is the second installment in director-writer Nicolas Winding Refn’s filmography. It was adapted from a novel of the same name by James Sallis.

The film stars Ryan Gosling as a stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals.

He gets pulled into an exciting heist that goes horribly wrong, putting him on the run with his girlfriend (Alberta Watson) and a friend (Oscar Isaac).

The film explores the relationship between star-crossed lovers, violence, and the line between freedom and servitude.

The film has been well received by critics, earning a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 135 reviews with an average score of 8/10.

The site’s consensus states “An uncompromisingly stylized thrill ride whose action sequences are thrilling and its characters deeply felt, Drive maintains its incendiary streak even as it questions whether one can truly live free.”

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  • Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer (Actors)
  • Nick Hamm (Director) - Colin Bateman (Writer) - Piers Tempest (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

The Descendants

The Descendants is a 2011 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Alexander Payne. It stars George Clooney, Amara Miller, Beau Bridges, and Shailene Woodley.

A father unites with his two daughters after his wife goes into a coma. Together they try to find the man she was seeing before the accident.

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  • Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, George Clooney, Judy Greer, Robert Forster (Actor)
  • Alexander Payne (Director)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Hugo

Hugo (2011) is a 2011 3D historical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and adapted from Brian Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which is itself an adaptation of the play of the same name written by Selznick.

It stars Asa Butterfield as the title character and Ben Kingsley as his father, Georges.

Hugo is a young orphan who loves pottering around with the station clocks and whose most treasured possession is his late father’s automaton. His mission is to find a key that will get it working.

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A Separation

The film A Separation is a story about the lives of two families. The first family, Nader, and Simin, are getting divorced after twenty years of marriage.

They each have children from previous marriages and they are both trying to figure out how to divide up their assets fairly without hurting anyone’s feelings.

Simin wants to take all the furniture because she believes it belonged to her before the marriage and she worked hard for it during those twenty years.

Her ex-husband doesn’t want that though because he also labored for them while they were married so he has paid his dues as well.

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Certified Copy

Certified Copy is a film by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. The word “certified” in the title refers to the certification of this copy as an authentic work of art, but it can also be interpreted as meaning that there are two copies: one original and one certified.

This film has been described as being about life’s repetition, or the idea that we live our lives over and over again until we learn from our mistakes.

The movie is set in France and features Juliette Binoche and William Shimell playing characters who are both interested in art.

While touring Tuscany, Italy, promoting his new book, English author James (William Shimell) meets French store owner Elle (Juliette Binoche), and the two hit it off, deciding to spend a free day together.

They travel to a nearby town, get coffee, visit a museum, and pretend to be recently married in what turns out to be a popular wedding destination.

As these two strangers get to know each other, however, it becomes clear there’s more to their new relationship than meets the eye.

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Take Shelter

Take Shelter is a 2011 American psychological thriller film, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.

The plot follows a young husband and father (Shannon) who is plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions and questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself and his increasing worries over having paranoid schizophrenia.

The film won two Saturn Awards, Best Writing for Nichols and Best Actor for Shannon, and was nominated for two more, Best Horror or Thriller Film and Best Actress for Chastain.

It explores the themes of masculinity, mental illness, and the lengths people go to protect the ones they love.

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Moneyball

Moneyball is a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller and written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin.

It stars Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, and Christopher Plummer.

The film tells the story of Billy Beane (Pitt), the general manager of the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team in 2002.

Beane tries to assemble a team based on statistical analysis of past performance to compete with richer teams such as the New York Yankees.

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Margaret

Margaret is a 2011 American epic psychological drama film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan.

The film stars Anna Paquin, Jean Reno, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron, Jeannie Berlin, Kieran Culkin, Olivia Thirlby, and Rosemarie DeWitt.

Margaret was filmed in 2005 and originally scheduled for release that year by Fox Searchlight Pictures, but was repeatedly delayed while Lonergan struggled to create a final cut he was satisfied with, resulting in multiple lawsuits.

Lisa witnesses a freak accident and holds the driver of the bus responsible for the victim’s death. She files a lawsuit against the driver but eventually loses hope when the driver is set free.

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) is a 2011 British-American spy thriller film directed by Tomas Alfredson.

The film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by John le Carré, who wrote it under the pseudonym George Smiley.

The film stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton.

This film is about espionage in the Cold War. This may sound like a simple premise, but there have been plenty of films that have tried to capture this theme and failed.

There is no doubt that the work of George Smiley (Gary Oldman) has saved British and American lives during the Cold War.

He is known as “Tinker,” “Tailor,” “Spy” and many other aliases. He has been trained in the arts of spying and survival, but his world has changed after retirement when he must face new challenges in a world where nothing can be taken for granted anymore…

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene is a 2011 American drama thriller film written and directed by Sean Durkin. The story revolves around Martha, who escapes from an abusive cult only to find that she can’t quite let go of her past.

“Martha Marcy May Marlene is a 2011 American drama thriller film written and directed by Sean Durkin. It stars Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman returning to her family after escaping from an abusive cult in the Catskills region of New York state.

The story is based on the experiences of Mara Lynn Patrick, who was raised as part of an abusive commune before fleeing with her sister at age 18.”

The movie, Martha Marcy May Marlene tells the story of a young woman who is traumatized after fleeing from an abusive cult and trying to re-assimilate into society.

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  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Olsen, Elizabeth, Dancy, Hugh, Corbet, Brady (Actors)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Shame

Shame is a 2011 British erotic psychological drama film, set in New York, directed by Steve McQueen, co-written by McQueen and Abi Morgan, and starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan as grown siblings.

It was co-produced by Film4 and See-Saw Films. The film’s explicit scenes reflecting the protagonist’s sexual addiction resulted in a rating of NC-17 in the United States.

It received generally positive reviews, with praise for Fassbender’s and Mulligan’s performance, realistic depiction of sexual addiction, and direction.

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  • Michael Fassbender (Actor)
  • Steve McQueen (Director) - Steve McQueen (Writer) - Emile Sherman (Producer)
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Beginners

Beginners is a romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Mike Mills. It tells the story of Oliver, a man reflecting on the life and death of his father, Hal, while trying to forge a new romantic relationship with a woman, Anna, dealing with father issues of her own.

The film is based on the coming out of Mills’ own father at the age of 75, five years before his death.

Beginners premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, where the Los Angeles Times heralded it as a “heady, heartfelt film” with a cast who have “a strong sense of responsibility to their real-world counterparts”.

Christopher Plummer received numerous accolades for his performance, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

The film is structured as a series of interconnected flashbacks. Following the death of his father Hal from cancer, Oliver reflects on their relationship during the five years following the death of Oliver’s mother, Georgia.

Shortly after her death, Hal came out to his son and began exploring life as an openly gay man. He becomes active in the gay community, finds love with a much younger man, and becomes more honest with himself and with his son.

As a result, Oliver and Hal become closer during this time. Shortly after Hal’s death, Oliver meets Anna, a French actress, at a party.

Inspired by his father’s attitude towards the end of his life and their relationship, Oliver decides to pursue a romance with her.

Beginners [Region Free] [Blu-ray]
  • English, German, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids is a 2011 American comedy film directed by Paul Feig.

The film stars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. It tells the story of Annie, a jobless chef, who is asked by her best friend, Lillian, to be her maid of honor.

Issues occur when she ruins the wedding events in a rage due to her conflicts with one of the bridesmaids.

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  • Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne (Actors)
  • Paul Feig (Director) - Annie Mumolo (Writer) - Judd Apatow (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

The film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives was created in 2010 and directed by the renowned Thai director, Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The film is an exploration of death that has been described as a “slow-motion meditation on mortality.”

Afflicted with kidney disease, Uncle Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar) is preparing himself for death.

He has assembled his relatives in the countryside, convinced he will die within a few days.

The ghost of his wife appears and offers guidance on his journey into the beyond, while his estranged son materializes in the guise of a jungle creature.

Surrounded by his loved ones, Uncle Boonmee reflects on memories of his past lives, and he decides he must visit a special place before he goes.

The Skin I Live In

The Skin I Live In is a 2011 Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Pedro Almodóvar.

After the death of his wife, plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) seeks revenge on those who hurt her and creates “a new skin” that can withstand any damage or trauma it encounters.

The movie explores how one’s sense of identity becomes threatened when they are unable to change their physical appearance to reflect society’s changing norms over time.

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  • Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes (Actors)
  • Pedro Almodovar (Director) - Esther Garcia (Producer)
  • English, French (Subtitles)
  • Spanish (Publication Language)

Meek’s Cutoff

One of the most famous and exciting Westerns ever made, Meek’s Cutoff is a slow-burning gem that rewards viewers with an intimate understanding of how difficult life was in early America.

Meek’s Cutoff is a 2006 film directed by Kelly Reichardt and written by Jon Raymond. The movie tells the story of two women, Michelle (played by Michelle Williams) and Emily (played by Shirley Henderson), who are traveling with their families in 1845 Oregon when they get lost.

They are eventually rescued; but not before spending a few days in treacherous territory that leaves them traumatized for life.

The group must contend with not only harsh weather conditions but also the danger of Native Americans as they try to travel through this country.

In 1845, the United States Army was expanding westward and had just finished fighting in the Mexican-American War. The government ordered a wagon train led by Captain Jefferson J. Smith to survey land for an overland mail route from Fort Hall, Idaho to San Francisco Bay.

When they were surveying what is now southern Oregon, they came across a narrow passage that would cut off 300 miles of their journey; but when they got closer to it on foot and found out how steep it was, Smith decided not to explore any further into the unknown territory because he thought his wagons could never make it up there.

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  • Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton (Actors)
  • Kelly Reichardt (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

A Dangerous Method

The film A Dangerous Method, directed by David Cronenberg, is a biographical drama about the relationship between Carl Jung and his mentor Sigmund Freud.

A rift forms between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung when the latter discovers that Freud’s psychoanalysis cannot cure the psychological problems of Jung’s patient, Sabina Spielrein.

A Dangerous Method
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  • Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender (Actors)
  • David Cronenberg (Director) - Christopher Hampton (Writer) - Jeremy Thomas (Producer)
  • Spanish, English (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

Poetry

Poetry is a 2010 South Korean drama film written and directed by Lee Chang-dong.

It tells the story of a suburban woman in her 60s who begins to develop an interest in poetry while struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and her irresponsible grandson.

Yoon Jeong-hee stars in the leading role, which was her first role in a film since 1994.

The film was selected for the main competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award.

Other accolades include the Grand Bell Awards for Best Picture and Best Actress, the Blue Dragon Film Awards for Best Actress, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, and the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Achievement in Directing and Best Performance by an Actress.

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Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin)
  • Adan Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores (Actors)
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky (Director)

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) is a travel writer/publisher who gives up her beloved freedom and bohemian lifestyle to have a child with her husband, Franklin (John C. Reilly).

Pregnancy does not seem to agree with Eva, but what’s worse, when she does give birth to a baby boy named Kevin, she can’t seem to bond with him.

When Kevin grows from a fussy, demanding toddler (Rocky Duer) into a sociopathic teen (Ezra Miller), Eva is forced to deal with the aftermath of her son’s horrific act.

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  • Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller (Actors)
  • Lynne Ramsay (Director) - Lionel Shriver (Writer) - Andrew Orr (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Mysteries of Lisbon

Mysteries of Lisbon is a Portuguese period drama film directed by Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz based on an 1854 novel of the same name by Camilo Castelo Branco.

The film’s running time is 272 minutes. It played as a miniseries in 60-minute installments in some countries. The film has won nine awards and has been nominated for eight more.

The plot of Mysteries of Lisbon is rich with coincidences, plot twists, multiple narrators, disguises, and flashbacks-within-flashbacks.

Every major character possesses at least two identities, and the story — which hopscotches around Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries — is set against the Napoleonic Wars and includes pirates, a woman hellbent on avenging the death of her twin brother, and at least four different love triangles.

Above all, Mysteries of Lisbon is about the mechanics of storytelling and imagination.

Weekend

Weekend is a British romantic drama film directed by Andrew Haigh and starring Tom Cullen and Chris New as two men who meet and begin a sexual relationship the weekend before one of their plans to leave the country.

The film won much praise and critical acclaim after premiering at the SXSW festival in the US and was a success at the box office in the UK and the US, where it received a limited release.

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  • Tom Cullen, Chris New (Actors)
  • Andrew Haigh (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

Midnight in Paris

In Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” we follow Gil, a struggling writer who is on the brink of giving up. He and his fiancée Inez take a trip to France where they stay with her wealthy family for two weeks during their engagement.

When he finds himself at Midnight in Paris, Gil meets some interesting people; including Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald (who was also an editor).

These encounters lead him to question his decisions about life until now, which leads him to find new inspiration that will change him forever.

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  • Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Adrien Brody (Actors)
  • Woody Allen (Director)
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The Interrupters

The Interrupters is a documentary about the violence that plagues Chicago and how three people, Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams, and Aqueelah Brown work to stop it.

In this documentary film, we watch as these courageous individuals try to make a change in their city’s violence by doing what they can do on their own block at a time.

The Interrupters are not police officers or government officials; they are just everyday citizens who want to see an end to senseless killings of young people for petty reasons like rival gangs or disrespecting someone with gang ties.

The Interrupters is a documentary film that follows three “violence interrupter” programs in Chicago.

Each of the violence interrupters has a different approach to their work: Ameena focuses on mentoring at-risk youth, Cobe visits schools and speaks with kids about the dangers of gangs, and Eddie works directly with gang members to try to get them to change their ways.

They use their own experiences and connections to the streets to try and end conflicts before they escalate into gang shootings.

The group’s members, called “violence interrupters,” intervene in potentially violent situations and use their relationships with family members, friends, clergy, and others to prevent retaliation from occurring.

The Interrupters [Blu-ray]
  • Gary Slutkin, Ameena Matthews (Actors)
  • Steve James (Director)

Margin Call

Margin Call is a great film about the 2008 financial crisis. The movie, which was released in 2011, follows the Lehman Brothers from their humble beginnings as a small New York-based company to eventual bankruptcy and liquidation in September 2008.

Margin Call is a 2011 film directed by J.C. Chandor and written by Chandor and Allan Loeb.

The movie stars Stanley Tucci, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Kevin Spacey, Penn Badgley, and Demi Moore as people in the finance industry involved with investment banking at fictional investment firm Bear Stearns in 2008 when the market crashed due to subprime mortgage crisis that led to the global financial meltdown of 2007-2008.

They come face-to-face with the ugly reality that there is no easy answer for who or what caused this recession because so many factors played a part in bringing about such destruction.

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  • Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany (Actors)
  • J.C. Chandor (Director)
  • Spanish, English (Subtitles)
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 neo-noir psychological thriller film based on the 2005 novel by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson.

It was directed by David Fincher with a screenplay by Steven Zaillian.

Starring Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, it tells the story of Blomkvist’s investigation to find out what happened to a girl from a wealthy family who disappeared 40 years prior. He recruits the help of Salander, a computer hacker.

Sony Pictures Entertainment began development on the film, a co-production of the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Germany, in 2009.

It took the company a few months to obtain the rights to the novel, while also recruiting Zaillian and Fincher.

The casting process for the lead roles was exhaustive and intense; Craig faced scheduling conflicts, and a number of actresses were sought for the role of Lisbeth Salander.

The script took over six months to write, which included three months of analyzing the novel.

War Horse

The War Horse (2011) film is a 2011 British-American historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Michael Morpurgo and adapted for the screen by Jeremy Brock.

The film is set during World War I and tells the story of Joey, a young horse who is bought as a replacement for a destitute cavalry officer and is trained to become a warhorse.

The film stars Jeremy Irvine as Joey, with Emily Watson, David Thewlis, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

It was nominated for five BAFTA awards, including Best Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Irvine).

War Horse
  • Jeremy Irvine, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston (Actors)
  • Steven Spielberg (Director)
  • English, Arabic (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a 2011 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring Andy Serkis, James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, and David Oyelowo.

Written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, it is 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the Planet of the Apes series, intended to act as an origin story for a new series of films.

Its premise is similar to the fourth film in the original series, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), but it is not a direct remake of that film.

In the film, a substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives advanced intelligence to a chimpanzee named Caesar, who administers the same treatment to an animal shelter full of other great apes.

This leads to an uprising against humanity after Caesar and other super-intelligent apes suffer abuse at the hands of the shelter’s staff.

A new society for free apes of all kinds (some normal apes escape from a zoo during the pandemonium) is founded in the forests northwest of San Francisco as a result.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Blu-ray)
  • James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto (Actors)
  • Rupert Wyatt (Director)
  • Spanish (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

 

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