As usual lately, there’s no time to go into too much detail, but Rupert Wyatt’s glossy sci-fi yarn is technically spotless, well-acted by all (including Andy Serkis in the virtual monkey suit, James Franco as the sympathetic human, and a near-unrecogniseable Tom Felton playing another sadistic bully. It follows the premise of the 60s saga closely, but not exactly, and the CGI is less credibility-stretching than the plot. But, then, it is Planet of the Apes.
I should mention Patrick Doyle’s enjoyable score.
With Rise of the Planet of the Apes, you know exactly what you’re going to get, and if that’s something that appeals to you, this does it about as well as you could hope.