A great reboot / prequel to the legendary film-series. The first thing that needs to be noted is of course the great CGI that makes the world of apes come alive like never seen before and this is what made it possible for me to become interested in the story and the fates of the apes. Franco does a good job and is not overplaying his role and leaves enough space for the real protagonist, Caesar the ape. I also liked the how they apes are at no point portrayed as evil beings or entities and the film follows the misanthropic tradition of the original franchise. Andy Serkis must be the go-to go when it comes to portraying creatures and primates, well, he does a great job after all. The ending is too much of a cliffhanger for me and I liked how they hinted at many things that would happen in the old Planet of the Apes, but I am sure most people that go and see this film never saw the original (suckers!), but what can you do, people are simple. The film lacks a villain though, I am not sure, but I felt that the stages through which the story progressed were a tad episodic and never really focused on one big climax, although one could argue that mankind as a whole is the villain, but this has not been clearly stated in the film. The supporting cast is solid and John Lithgrow does a good job. Freida Pinto provides some eye-candy, but as usual, the female roles are just for decoration. A great first entry in the reboot and I am looking forward to the next one.