An effective prequel that sets up the movie series dating back more than 40 years, this sci-fi tale casts James Franco as a scientist trying to come up with a cure for his Alzheimer's-affilcted father (John Lithgow). He tests the possible solution on chimps, not realizing the potential effect on them ... and setting the stage for a simian uprising that brings San Francisco to a standstill.
Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto ("Slumdog Millionaire") and "Harry Potter" regular Tom Felton also star. DVD extras: theatrical trailers; "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by director Rupert Wyatt and writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver; deleted scenes. (PG-13: P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and starts Dec. 20 on Movies on Demand)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times