No spoilers, I promise.
Saw Rise of the Apes with the wife tonight and I was actually impressed.
The story was decent and entertaining. You could actually hear and see people in the audience saying to each other "this is a lot better than I thought it would be".
There are bits of homage scattered throughout the movie a few familiar names and it certainly set's itself up for sequels but stands on it's own.
I like it more then all of the original planet of the apes movies except the first one and I'm an apes fan so far back I saw all the original films at the drive-in.