Now this is a real Planet of the Apes movie/prequel/reboot flick!
It turns out that James Franco, masquerading as a genetic scientist, unleashed this plague upon all mankind. Just kidding, but the plot is fairly well-tuned, falling just short of achieving “epic” status.
No all-star cast here, but it’s not needed. Franco carries the main lead, across from the unseen and unheard Andy Serkis. John Lithgow plays a glowing father character, and everyone else fills out bit parts.
All good here.
Startling visual effects magic from the folks at Weta Digital. It’s good to see them doing well in a more “realistic” environment than the fictional world of Pandora.