Rise of the Planet of the Apes – 2011 – dir. Rupert Wyatt
In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, head researcher Will Rodman (James Franco) takes his work home with him. And not just in the shape of a test tube.
Imagine if you will, a point in the not-too-distant future where high-stakes research has produced a genetic therapy to repair neuronal pathways lost during Alzheimer’s. The delivery mechanism is a denatured virus that can penetrate otherwise resistant cell walls. Imagine further that this therapy has been so effective that it is ready to undergo human trials. Or perhaps not quite ready, but it has performed spectacularly well on chimps, our closest biological relatives, with whom we share approximately 96% of our DNA. Imagine further, that you are the head researcher, and that it is your own father that has Alzheimer’s. Might you be inclined to do a little fieldwork at home…?