Memorable Moments in Movies: Caesar Says “No” in Rise of the Planet of the Apes


If you guys haven’t read Paul’s review of Rise of the Planet of the Apes then you probably should.  I would venture to say that most of you have seen it by now and most of you probably liked it.

So clearly I don’t really need to get into that.  What I do want to talk about is my favorite moment of the film.  I think it’s a moment that will go down in cinematic history.  Well, at least to people like me who care.

It was one of the first times I had the chills in a movie.  It was when Caesar first speaks and screams out “no!”  I don’t know why it was so powerful but I get chills every time I see it.

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  1. My fiance thinks sci fi is dumb for the most part, so when I took her to see this movie (after readin the review here and seeing it talked about it a bunch of message boards) she basically laughed through the whole thing.

    I had heard about the “No!” part before I saw it, so when it happened I expected everyone to be taken back for a second, but fiance just busted up laughing….


  2. Yeah, I saw it at a theater in Mexico (audio was in english with subtitles, as it’s usual over there) and there was anything but “dead silence”. Most people giggled, including my date. Not really in a bad way, I mean, people enjoyed the movie and was somewhat moved by Caesar’s ordeal. That was just their reaction to a photorealistic ape speaking english on screen. It kinda freaked them out. It was a memorable moment, even if it was a bit over-the-top.

  3. It’s a engaging cinematic moment. I think why its somewhat powerful is because its unexpected and it links the classic movies with this one. Its the first time you can really bridge the movies and see that these apes are headed towards that full blown society.

    And, frankly, I probably brings up a bit of ‘evolution’ to the forefront.

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