This isn't one that I really wanted to see. It probably has a lot to do with my hatred of animal abuse and experimentation, and the concept bores me, to be honest. Do we need a "Planet of the Apes" prequel, or whatever this was intended to be?
Andy Serkis is great as Caesar, but he's great in everything I've seen him in so far. He's a good reason to watch this. Oh, and I was happy that I didn't hate James Franco. To me, he's overrated as an actor, and he shines in certain roles (such as Pineapple Express) over other ones (Spiderman), but he was good in this. Nothing special, but nothing to complain about. Freida Pinto is as lovely as ever, but completely wasted. Her character is fairly useless, probably meant for eye-candy duty more than anything. And Tom Felton shows up as a villain, surprise, surprise. Don't get me wrong, he's good at it, but I hope he doesn't get typecast as different versions of Draco Malfoy from now on.
I wish this had been more action, less mush and personal issues. It's quite depressing, and, even worse, forgettable.
My grade: C+