By Benjamin Svetkey
Updated June 02, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT

It still doesn’t explain how the Statue of Liberty ended up buried in the sand, but the latest trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, released today, definitely had me jumping up and down and grunting excitedly. The footage pretty much spills the entire plot of the film: Scientist James Franco develops a brain repairing agent called “The Cure,” which he tests on a chimp named Caesar, boosting his intelligence until… Well, the rest is ape history. The CGI apes have amazingly intelligent looking eyes — the effects are light-years ahead of the rubber-masked primates in the original Charlton Heston movie (and even put the critters in Tim Burton’s remake to shame). What else can I say? To me, the new Apes movie looks more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

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