I am not that fond of seeing science fiction movies. I like more of action movies and adventure stuff.
So, when my son asked me to join him for a viewing of a new DVD movie that he got, I asked him what is that movie about. He answered it is about “apes”, and the name of the movie is “Rise of the Planet of Apes”.
I said “well…..but not really my kind”.
But he said that it is a very interesting movie and I would enjoy it as much as he would.
So, I took a chance and sat down with him to watch the movie.
Boy, it was a really well-taken movie with a strong story line. I really enjoyed every minute of it.
Sometimes I worry about the future of science, especially neurosciences. There are new diseases afflicting the brain – such as Parkinsons’ disease or Alzheimer’s disease, etc., and scientists are making efforts to find new drugs to attack these diseases. But, how sure are we on the ethics of testing these drugs on chimpanzees and other animals and then on humans ?
This movie forces us to think through on this topic. I am not recounting the movie’s storyline here in this blog post, which can be found in numerous websites, or still better, you can watch the engaging movie yourself. But, the key point is whether we are disturbing the natural dynamics of the animal kingdom, and then go on to disturb the human race with all the potentially dangerous drugs with their attendant side effects.
I was enchanted with the green sparkle in the eyes of Caesar, the main actor in the movie (the chimpanzee kid which was born to the mother who was being tested on a new drug), who grows up almost like a man child with superior intelligence. He is the key performer in this movie, and I loved watching his actions. Especially the sinister look on his face when he was leading his team of “drug infested” apes across the town towards the Golden Gate and beyond. And, his application of his high-level of intellect in commanding his army of apes, distracting the attention of the police, finding new ways to swing across the bridge, et al.
Amazing ! This is really an amazing movie with a fantastic director and storyline.
Such movies tell us what could potentially be a future reality. It is not totally inconceivable, as our drug testing depends on animals and their ability to respond to new drugs. There might even be secret experiments going on around the world today, permitting sacrificial humans to be drug-tested as guinea pigs. This has happened in Africa, it has happened in Germany, and it has happened in China, and surely, in the U.S.
So, the world is at the mercy of scientists and then, some unethical profit-makers. There is no serious regulation. So, what we see in the movie could happen sometime, somewhere.
When Caesar is faced in the movie in the final scene with the request of the scientist (Will Rodman) to come back home, Caesar holds the scientist’s face and whispers in his ears “Caesar is home”, meaning that he is at home in the forest along with other apes. He will not choose to go back with the scientist to his home. I thought that was a very impactful statement.
Leave the animals to their forest kingdom and do not try to harm them. That should be the learning from this movie.
24th March 2012