This is why I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes. As you may have picked up already, I love all things sci-fi, and am a sucker for the continuation of a goofy franchise. This, plus my boyfriend wanting to see it, pulled me into a theater mere moments after the credits rolled on Conan (see my effusive praise on that and my love for Jason Momoa here).
Rise is the prequal to the original Planet of the Apes franchise (please get that Mark Whalberg attrocity out of your heads). Franco plays a scientist studing new Alzheimer's medications who, literally, takes his work home with him. He adopts an adorable chimp as part of the family, without real thought of the consequences.
The film brought me John Lithgow, who will remain one of my favorites forever. And the movie tackles issues-- pretty standard ones like the ethics of animal testing and how far is too far to go when you are researching life-saving drugs-- point being, it is more than just a "monkeys attack!" movie.