"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" centers on genetically engineered chimp Caesar (Andy Serkis), who was created in a San Francisco lab by an ambitious scientist (James Franco), and who uses his powerful intellect to lead an ape uprising against all of humankind.
What makes the movie so unique is that it's the first live-action film to be told from the point of view of a sentient animal - a chimpanzee named Caesar. The chimp is brilliantly portrayed by Serkis, the world's foremost performance capture actor. Andy infuses Caesar with nuance, wisdom and, most importantly, heart.
The film is a cautionary tale that blends scifi with science. At its heart, "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" is a character driven piece. It's about humanity's hubris - our arrogance in thinking that we can twist, push, cheat or circumvent the laws of nature without consequence.
The "Planet Of The Apes" prequel stunned film experts by opening with an impressive $54 million at the box office last summer.