Surprisingly intelligent script that slowly tells how the apes grew intelligent and started to become something else than hairy human-like animals. It is a good warning story about not messing with nature. Tom Felton seem to forever be typecast as evil disturbed boys who like to torture creatures that sooner or later will kick back on him. Non-ending demands a sequel and is probably the worst thing with the film.
i've been hearing tons of good things about this series, this was a good start. interesting to see how the "outbreak" was created, and the scenes with caesar and the other apes really really gripped me (the "NO!" part was amazing). can't wait to see how it pans out in the sequels.
The plot is terrible, Franco is phoning it in, but can one deny the stunning achievement of these animals, a technological breakthrough that convincingly upgrades the earlier saga? I can only imagine Peter Jackson watching this in complete shock, wondering why he rebooted the wrong ape.
Has some initial emotional pathos and touching drama, but its storytelling becomes bland and unimaginative quickly, and its plot is non-involving, barely even containing a desired coda of popcorn fun n' thrills until the blistering last 1/2 hour. Where the Heston original was a commentary on racial tension during the Civil Rights era, no such depth can be read here, making the first two acts an underwhelming setup.
I am a huge fan of the original Planet of the Apes. In my opinion it is a sci fic masterpiece. However every film that followed it in the franchise simply paled in comparison. None of the sequels could even hold a candle to the original. However that all changed with the release of this film. This film made the Planet of the Apes franchise relevant again and managed to reinvent a classic story for a new generation.