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In the film that examines how the apes became super-intelligent, James Franco plays a scientist who unwittingly sets events in motion while trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s.

He’s a San Francisco scientist whose gene-therapy experiments lead to the creation of Caesar, a highly intelligent, lab-born chimp.

Caesar ends up living with Franco in his home and, with the aid of Freida Pinto’s sympathetic vet, they care for him until, eventually, he is sent to a primate shelter where Tom Felton enjoys mistreating the apes and Caesar, angered by how his own kind are abandoned and mistreated, hatches a plan to release them.

Thanks to motion-capture technology, Andy Serkis brings Caesar to life with awesome skill.

Look out for a series of sly nods to the original films, including a glimpse of a Statue of Liberty toy that recalls the 1968 original movie’s iconic ending.

Both as an exciting sci-fi adventure and powerful cautionary tale about human arrogance and folly, this film is gripping stuff.