Even though I still fondly recall Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I never had any intention of watching this until earlier this week, when the new, and presumably final entry in the trilogy was released.
The first act feels a bit rushed, the script piling up all the coincidences that had to occur for us to eventually lose our planet to monkeys. As a result, there is no solid connection to any of the human characters.
However, the thrilling and epic climax at the Golden Gate Bridge more than makes up for any and all flaws. It is not as brilliant as the one shot scene set inside a tank in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but damn if it’s not masterfully executed.