Monday, October 14
Evolution: Film Analysis of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes features several aspects of philosophical ideas. Throughout the film the focus stays mainly on two characters: Caesar (a chimpanzee) and Dr. Will Rodman. These characters are subjectively thrown into a constant compare and contrast scheme, causing the viewers to find many similarities and differences between them. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes depicts the philosophical views of Nietzsche, Sartre and Gide through an internal battle of authenticity and opposition of ethics between two specific groups: animals and humans. These groups are connected through an entity of nature and being. It isn't until the very end of the film where you see both characters resolve their problems through a very short yet very powerful scene. This symbolizes that overcoming a world in which one is viewed as "different" is the way to finding out who one really is from the loss of false identity.
Dr. Rodman is a scientist at a biotechnical company who is forced to meet certain expectations from his boss. Dr. Rodman develops a new viral-based drug called "ALZ-112", which is tested on chimpanzees to cure brain ailments such as Alzheimer's. One of the chimps, "Bright Eyes", is the first to try this new serum, and in a few weeks already shows signs of incredible cognitive and intellectual growth, allowing her to learn and do things exponentially faster than the average chimpanzee. Bright Eyes eventually rampages and is killed. Later it is found that Bright Eyes was only doing this to protect her recently conceived baby chimp, who is taken in my Dr. Rodman and is named Caesar. Rodman discovers that the drug caused a mutation, causing Caesar to have the same attributes as his mother. Caesar now demonstrates profound intellectual and cognitive thinking and is able to do things that most people would view as "human-like"....