All in, this one was a lot better than I had imagined it would have been from some of the trailers prior to release.
In attempting to develop a cure for Alzhiemer's disease (whilst also watching his father suffer from the disease) scientist Will (James Franco) is experimenting with various treatments on a group of chimpanzees. Although promising it has had the side effect of raising the intelligence level of the test subjects. When one of the subjects (a female called Bright Eyes) goes on a rampage his project is shut down but not before realising that she was pregnant and had given birth beforehand. Taking the baby home and calling him Caesar, Will continues his project at home..............leading to a turn of events that will set off the future revolution of one species against another.
Clearly, it's designed to set up a new franchise and I have to say, that after this film I would be quite interested to see the next stage of the story for both the Humans and the Apes. The script is cleverly enough written and the film structured smartly enough for events to play out plausibly within the sci-fi setting, there are a couple of nods to the original franchise and one moment in the film that succeeded in silencing the cinema I was in at the time I saw it. Speaking of which, no review of the film could at all ignore the work done by Andy Serkis playing Caesar through motion-capture CGI. Phenomenal work goes into the character and a lot of the film is 'seen' from the perspective of Caesar so that it is as much his journey as that of Will that the film follows and Serkis' performance is completely spot on.
A very solid film, with great potential for future tales to be told.