Only the strong will survive.
Filmmaker Bryan Singer follows up his X-Men, X-Men 2 and Days of Future Past (as well as Matthew Vaughn’s First Class) with this all-encompassing entry to the Marvel mutant superhero franchise.... More
Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible - worshipped as a god. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world and recruits a team of mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind.Hide
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BY Liam Maguren Flicks Writer
Bryan Singer follows Matthew Vaughn’s excellent First Class and his own superb Days of Future Past with the disappointing Apocalypse. It’s not a bewildering Batman V Superman kind of disappointment. It’s the kind that’s felt when a sequel sidelines every great thing the franchise has built towards in favour of a dull and dour plot surrounding a bad guy who looks like he should be chasing the Power Rangers.... More
It’s also disappointing because there’s good stuff in Apocalypse. The opening sequence in ancient Egypt is well choreographed and shockingly brutal, Quicksilver gets an even better movie-stealing moment, and I couldn’t be happier with the scene that lets a particular animal out of its cage.
However, the film loses a lot more. The tent-pole relationship between Xavier and Magneto is nearly non-existent, taking with it the themes of discrimination and segregation that have powered the best X-Men films. These staple ideas are touched upon with the introduction of the new Cyclops (Tye Sheridan, Mud), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee, Slow West), but the film seems more interested in chucking the trio in the thick of it with hardly any training.
An unrecognisable Oscar Issac gets a heap of screen time as Apocalypse, a one-note mega-mutant with a God complex and a Hitler incentive to cleanse the world of everyone. He also recruits his four mutant horsemen – Storm, Psylocke, Angel, and Magneto – but their collective motivation to help this guy purge the world is flaky at best. When the end of days approaches, it feels more exhausting than horrifying.
But if you’re just in it to see mutants scrap it out, Dragon Ball Z-style, you’ll probably leave satisfied. That won’t stop Deadpool 2 from drawing stuff on this film’s forehead.Hide
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BY thorinoak superstar
Probably the worst of Singer's X Men attempts, like in the case of Civil War, feels like the bridge between the last films and the next. Great introduction of Sophie Turner's Jean Grey and another brilliant Quicksilver scene made up for a story that is building but didn't go too far in this edition. Still worth a watch.
BY AggressivePopcorn lister
I enjoyed this film, I wish I could give it another half star because I feel it should sit around 7/10. It had amazing action sequences and the direction was good for the most part. The villain was good and I was a little worried going in but Isaac who is fast becoming a big time movie star did a good job portraying this god like figure.The ending I was a little let down by and I did feel that Katniss phoned it in a bit. Can't wait for more X-Men in the future.
BY HMJ lister
For my money, they didn't make much use of the formidable acting prowess of Jennifer Lawrence, but that's what you get with ensemble casts. Each actor has to take the back seat and let each other shine in turn. Maybe it was the quality of the theatre I was in but ... More Oscar Isaac's Apocalypse looked more grey-green than blue. As a long time collector of X titles, I found that distracting.
This film does an excellent job of handing the torch to a new generation of actors to carry the X-Men franchise on. Sophie Turner made an outstanding Jean Grey and Evan Peters was a joy as Pietro Maximoff (so VERY looking forward to the Maximoff twins being reunited when Fox gets off it's high horse and allows the Marvel Movie universes to unite!). Kodi Smit-McPhee brings a humours turn to a nervous twitchy Nightcrawler. Other new faces give us much to look forward to.
The established cast all contributed to the high standard humour and drama as they have taught us to expect of them.
I missed the space ship. Marvel has a long history of giving us alien visitations to provide awesome tech and plot devices. For one horrible moment I thought they were going to give go back to that awful Phoenix as a split personality disaster that seriously marred the first trilogy. Fortunately the door has been left open to an alien Phoenix. WHEW! There are such rich plots to mine from the comics. I'd hate to see them chucked away.
All in all. I'm a happy camper.Hide
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