First off, I was never a fan of the franchise. I like sci-fi but always found this franchise, well- lame. What makes this movie worth watching for me is that it VERY surprisingly takes the time to develop both the human and more importantly the "ape" characters- so that when things hit the fan, you're emotionally invested. Once the action kicks in (and it does it ever kick in), it's at times ludicrous but fun. The occasional stupidity of the action scenes seem inconsequential as the simians are so well developed and even likeable, that its easy to look past. I'm still amazed at how the main chimp demands sympathy but conveys such menace at the same time. I never thought I'd say this about such a franchise, but I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.