Will Rodman (James Franco) has been working on a cure for Alzheimer’s disease for the past five years. After many failed attempts with chimpanzee victims, only one shows promise that the cure works. A chimp named Bright Eyes (Terry Notary) grew smarter and faster and had outstanding memory, until an incident happens and she is put down. The project is canceled and Will’s changes of discovery are lost. He goes to her cage only to find that she recently borne a baby chimp. He names him Caesar (Andy Serkis) and takes him home to save his life after the company orders the extermination of the other chimps. As days pass, Will notices that Caesar is no ordinary chimp because he can solve problems, learn at an alarming rate and smart enough to quickly grasp sign language. All of this comes from the cure that was injected into his mother, making Will realize that the cure does work. Although, Caesar is growing smarter each day, he is still an animal and needs to explore his natural instincts. Will Caesar be domesticated? Will the company find out about Caesar and take him in for testing? Will Caesar leave to be with his own kind?
I love this film. I was drawn in right from the beginning. We all know who scientists use to conduct their experiments but to actually see it was heart breaking. This film gave me fear, sadness and joy and I loved every emotion. I heard a lot of great reviews about this film but didn’t expect it to be much more. The script, dialogue, scenes and relationships between man and animal and animal and animal was brilliant and memorable. The director did a great job in making me love Caesar and it was a joy watching him grow up and how smart he becomes, a genius of his kind. There is a part in the film (I will not say what) when Caesar does something completely unexpected and left my mouth hanging open. I thought about if I was in that situation, I would be scared of him because if he can do something so smart, the possibilities with him are endless. Tom Felton plays Dodge Landon (you know from, “Shut up Malfoy!” in Harry Potter) as a caretaker for chimpanzees waiting to be the science company’s next experiment victim. He plays his role so well as the bad guy that I wanted to punch him in the face every time I saw him come on screen. James also plays a great role as a compassionate father to Caesar and loving son to his father. All in all, I will buy this film on Dvd/blu ray. Great film, a must see!!