02 Aug '11, 10pm

4 Star review from TODAY

There might be no legendary Roddy McDowall in a monkey suit or a buffed up Charlton Heston in sight, but Rupert Wyatt's origin story is one powerhouse of a franchise reboot that actually works. Remarkably so in an age where the blockbusters are designed to simply appeal to popcorn crowds, this is an unaffectedly ingenuous piece of work that would satisfy both die-hard fans of the 1968 cinematic benchmark film as well as newbies to the fold. Based on Pierre Boulle's science fiction novel, the Planet Of The Apes series was a parable about man being the true animal and became a cult B-movie must-watch, famed for its actors in monkey costumes. By choosing to do away with the suits and going the way of Oscar-winning visual effects house WETA Digital to render (for the first time in the film series) computer-generated photo-realistic primates, Wyatt took a risk. And it paid off ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Entertainment/Movies/EDC110803...

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