So, we have a planet overrun by apes. This film has a few interesting moments where monkeys are kicking some serious ass. Unfortunately for this installment of the classic series, it doesn’t do enough to avoid falling flat on it’s little chimp face.
This is the best way to explain what is happening throughout the film. Don’t get me wrong, I am normally one who is all for these “worst-case scenario” flicks, and I usually keep a pretty open mind while watching them. But, I simply couldn’t do it with this one. The movie centers around a chimpanzee named Caesar who gets super smart and leads an all-ape revolution. Yadda yadda yadda. For me, it was a little too much of a stretch to be able to follow throughout.
One area that I have to give credit, where credit is due, is the visual effects of the film. They were outstanding. As I watched, I found myself almost forgetting that Caesar and the other apes were not actually real. Eventually, when I came back to the reality that Caesar and his friends were fake, it pulled me back out of the story a bit. I found it very hard to follow a story that centralized around something that was, well, so un-real.
The Bottom Line
Skip this one or risk Caesar and his friends thanking you, via sign language, for wasting your hard earned money on them. Although the film has its moments, there are simply too many plot holes and unrealistic scenes to make this film worth while.