Criticize Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes
remake for being lackluster by comparison to the 1968 original all you want -- at least he “got” what screenwriters Rod Serling and Michael Wilson had to say about man’s inhumanity while translating Pierre Boulle’s novel to the big screen. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
, on the other hand, is little more than a flaccid showcase for special effects that, while breathtaking in bursts, are often much less impressive than the filmmakers believe them to be. Meanwhile, the human drama isn't nearly as engrossing as the simian drama despite the best efforts of stars James Franco and John Lithgow, and the screenplay take...