Before I checked out Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I finally saw the film that most people would argue re-launched the franchise in a promising way, and I’d agree. The first two acts of ‘Rise’ were incredible, presenting us with a compelling storyline involving the humans and apes. There’s a little bit of social commentary in the mix as you see the best and worst qualities of our own species, and the most extreme consequence of experimentation that’s far beyond our control.
The human characters (James Franco, Frieda Pinto, and Tom Felton) didn’t have much depth in them, but it’s the complete opposite for Caesar (portrayed by Andy Serkis), whose actions were completely captivating from childhood to maturity (I was going to say adolescence, but I’m not sure). The final scenes were a bit generic though, and it lost its steam because of that. Still, for a blockbuster with just a $93M-budget, they sure did a hell of a good job with the special effects. And the finished product my friends, is entertainment.