Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being reviewed as one of the most thoughtful science fiction films of the year. Sounds right up our alley!
In case you didn't see the previous film, "Rise...", here is a brief summary. Very brief.
Will Rodman trains Caesar, a test ape for the drug ALZ 112, which increases the creature's intelligence. Tests go well, and other apes are given a new version of the drug, ALZ 113, which makes humans ill. The apes rebel and eventually make their way to live in the forest. It is implied in the end that ALZ 113 will spread around the world and destroy the human population. News reports state that a manned Mars probe called Icarus has been lost in space. Charlton Heston is apparently on board. :) The new film starts with the human population devastated and the humans' effort to coexist with the ape population.