Very short review—
For some reason, I can resist going to movies that feature robots, dragons, magicians, wizards, and space cadets, but can never pass up a good monkey movie. This new Planet of the Apes movie delivers exactly what a monkey aficionado would expect.
The special effects are very good and the apes are exceptional. Other than using actual chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans, the resemblance to the real thing couldn’t get any better. The only way you can tell that they are not the real thing is that they do things real apes wouldn’t do, i.e. fire automatic weapons.
You get a constant ominous feeling from the film because of the depiction of an earth revenged by a devastating virus and the always-present feeling of foreboding knowing that sooner-or-later the differences between apes and humans makes bloody violence unavoidable.
The bad thing is that you always know what is going to happen next—if the actors never said a word, it would make no difference whatsoever. The script could have been written on a matchbook cover and still had plenty of space for advertising.
On the other hand, you have to appreciate the talent and work that went into making such a realistic movie where a living ape would be hard to detect among the costumed ones.
Great movie for the hearing impaired because, as I said, the dialogue of the humans is superfluous and when the monkeys speak most of it is captioned.
If monkeys intrigue you go, if not forget it.