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Just saw this reboot.
Uneven CGI work... sometimes it was almost photo realistic and other times it looked cartoonish.
The story was choppy throughout (it reminded me of the ADHD editing style of The Dark Knight, which also bugged the hell out of me), but especially in the first 1/3 of the film.
Its character development was given short shrift, especially Franco, the lovely Pinto, Lithgow, and Oyelowo's. The villainous characters were stock and thinly created. Also, it seemed like more of a basic set up for yet another reboot sequel.
The worst part was that the many intelligent and thought provoking aspects of the original Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston and its original first draft screenplay treatment by the incomparable Rod Serling (of The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery fame) were downplayed or eliminated altogether.
Serling's draft bolstered the original novel's cautionary and roll reversal aspects that were mostly kept intact through its revision by Michael Wilson (screenwriter on The Bridge on the River Kwai among other classics).
In its place was a fairly routine "geneticists and greedy corporate honchos run amok" Hollywood paint-by-numbers story with a bit of 12 Monkeys thrown in. Hardly original.
It coulda been a contender, but sadly fell short of its potential.
The original 1968 classic is by far the better movie with its low budget, rubber monkey masks and all. I'll even go so far as to put Beneath the Planet of the Apes and Escape from the Planet of the Apes a few notches above this reboot as well even with a few of their warts.
Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!