Giving audiences a fresh spin on the popular franchise, this film was released on July 14th and has held up well at the worldwide box office. Andy Serkis returns in his astonishing performance as Caesar, an intelligent ape who must lead his own kind. This time, he has a two sons and a wife who don’t have much screen-time sadly. Jason Clarke replaces James Franco as Malcolm, the man trying to make peace between apes and humans. As Caesar begins to trust Malcolm, the other apes start to lose faith in Caesar’s leading abilities, especially his lieutenant Koba. While A-Lister Gary Oldman plays on the side he doesn’t give a noteworthy performance. The fast-paced music by Michael Giacchino is well-placed during the suspenseful action sequences. This a sequel that manages to outdo its predecessor with emotional depth, clever writing, and stellar visual effects. And one that I wouldn’t mind watching again.