The newest installment of a franchise that stretches back to the 1960s, Rise of the Planet of the Apes may not make much sense from its title alone -- How is the planet rising? Where is it going? -- but the premise definitely resonates: Animals kept in cages for experimentation are mad as hell, and they aren't going to take it anymore.
The film appears to be inspired by 1972's Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, in which an ape who could talk (Roddy McDowall) led an armed uprising against human oppression. The 1970s were ripe for movies that featured animals attacking humans, with Steven Spielberg's Jaws setting a new standard in family-friendly terror. But Rise of the Planet of the Apes fits into a more narrow sub-genre, one that acknowledges the devastation that mankind has wreaked upon the environment, as well as creatures great and small, and suggests that man better watch his back for animals he's treated as food supply, pets … or worse.