PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):
Will Rodman (James Franco) is a scientist at biotechnology company Gen-Sys who has been trying to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and is testing a new gene therapy drug on chimpanzees. The drug, a modified virus, mutates the chimpanzees, giving them a human level of intelligence. A female chimp who believes her baby is being threatened goes on a rampage and is shot by security guards. Will’s boss Steven Jacobs (David Oyelowo) subsequently orders chimp handler Robert Franklin (Tyler Labine) to euthanize the remaining test chimpanzees. Franklin cannot bring himself to kill the baby chimp and instead gives him to Will, who takes him home to raise.
Will’s father Charles (John Lithgow), who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, names the baby chimp “Caesar”. Caesar (Andy Serkis) has inherited his mother’s high intelligence and develops quickly. One day, after he frightens the children of their neighbor, Hunsiker (David Hewlett)…
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