Starring: James Franco, Frieda Pinto, John Lithgow, David Oyelowo
As the name suggests, this movies comes as a prequel to the 1968 original Planet of the Apes series of movies, although the movie is not the genuine prequel to the original series and only supposes what could be the beginning. Will Rodman (Franco) is a medical scientist working for a drug manufacturing company looking for a cure to Alzheimer's disease. Will develops a drug and tests it on a chimpanzee and is amazed to find the form in which the drug boosts the mental capability of the animal. The chimpanzee, Bright Eyes, is accidentally killed and leaves behind a young child that Will raises and decides to take care of. The drug gets passed on to young Caesar, who soon grows up to become a very smart chimpanzee. Will decides to try the drug on his dying father (Lithgow) and obtains marvelous results. He meets and falls in love with Caroline (Pinto) a vet and just as everything was going good, the adverse effects of the drug started creeping up. The movie starts with a very interesting bang but unfortunately progress is extremely slow with too much focus on the growth of Caesar and the development of the drug. The stunts and actions being performed by the chimpanzees is outrageous and unbelievable; it seems more like an ape version of James Bond. Although I haven't seen the original Planet of the Apes series, I am told that this movie does not come even close in matching the classic.
Thumbs up: Graphics and special effects
Thumbs down: Over-the-top action especially for a monkey