As of this moment there is no Academy Award for Motion Capture but if this film proves anything, it’s that there should certainly be one. Andy Serkis does a PHENOMENAL job portraying the ape Caeser as does the rest of the cast who act as the remainder of the ape colony. A job so well done in fact that within the first 10 minutes of the film you completely forget that you are watching animals that are completely CGI. The first 30 to 40 minutes of the film have no human characters which works well for the story. In that time, you grow to feel for the apes as you did the first one as well as everything they have built. Once humans enter the story, the film takes a darker turn that completely sucks you in until the very end. Keeping this as spoiler free as possible, that’s pretty much all I can say. There is love, loss, compassion, action and war, but all in all the story and the special effects steal the show.
My review… solid 8.5 out of 10