Friday, May 27, 2016

X-Men Apocalypse
Releases May 27th 2016
2 hr 23 mins
Rated PG-13


Writer: Simon Kinberg
Director: Bryan Singer

James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven / Mystique
Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy / Beast
Oscar Isaac as En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse
Rose Byrne as Moira Mactaggert
Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
Josh Helman as Col. William Stryker
Sophie Turner as Jean Grey
Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers / Cyclops
Lucas Till as Alex Summers / Havok
Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Ben Hardy as Angel
Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe / Storm
Lana Condor as Jubilee
Olivia Munn as Psylocke

Review by Stephen M.

X-Men: Apocalypse shows just how muttered and convoluted a super hero story can get when you throw aside comic book history and play it by ear.  While the movie has some good action and its moments, X-Men: Apocalypse is a film that fails to live up to it's epic title paling in comparison to X-Men First Class that started this track in 2011.

The movie starts off with not an origin story of Apocalypse but with him already as a "God" in ancient Egypt with his four horsemen that unfortunately are much cooler than the later X-Men iterations.  They are ambushed by mortal men who refuse to worship this false god and actually buries him til present day (the 1980s in this X-Men time period).

As we have all seen, Apocalypse appearance wise is just an abomination and not in a good way.  But the butchering of characters just doesn't stop here.  Let's take Angel which we meet early on is apparently a tough super powered cage fighter which is nothing like his comic book character.  A few other instances like misuses of Caliban and Jubilee, and you'll start to cry foul.  How about Magneto being indifferent to being the world cleansed?  Yes humans, but mutants as well?

Overall, I would recommend the film only if you have never read the X-Men comic books and just like seeing super heroes battle it out.  Even with decent fight scenes, it's hard to overlook the long drawn out plodding plot that may put us mortals to sleep.  The bright sides for the film besides the fight scenes are, yes once again, Quicksilver played by Evan Peters, and newcomer, Psylocke played by Olivia Munn.  Go watch if you must, but not at full price.  Be sure to stay for ONE extra scene after the credits that alludes to something sinister they will possibly face in a future movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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