As you can tell from trailers, it's about a monkey that's been raised by a scientist who is given genetic therapy to make his brain cells as smart as a human. That scientist is played by James Franco. I have to say, no matter how much Franco is labelled a douchebag, I think he is a great actor. Also, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter) once again plays a major douchebag. Where is Hermione when he deserves a punch to the face?!! On the subject of science ... like XMen first class, the way they present neuroscience and biochemistry is amazing. They make science look fun! I wish real life studying was this fun :/
Anyway, without giving away a spoiler here, I will just say that it's a great movie because it's like a "coming of age movie" combined with some action. There's also a hidden political agenda in this movie. The movie is telling us that humans as a whole are too prideful. We think we can make animals suffer in experiments so that we can find cures for ourselves. We are also too hateful. If you watch a movie about a coming of age story where an adolescent from a bad neighborhood absorbs hate and bitterness from his community and continues that legacy, we aren't surprised because we expect it. But have a monkey learn to hate because of his experiences with humans? Damn that's some strong commentary on our society.
All gloominess aside, the ending does shine some light on our prospects for the future. Just as a person has the capability to learn to hate, we have the capability to learn how to be fair and to have courage to take action against injustice. Sorry for the vagueness, but I want you all to enjoy watching this movie!
Well here's a little spoiler: A Glock pistol will not do jack against a charging Gorilla.