X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
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X-Men: Apocalypse Plot Synopsis:Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, 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 with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Review
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) is an American action adventure superhero film that is based on the Marvel Comics X-Men characters and is the ninth installment in the X-Men film franchise. Here is something that might sound weird, X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) is a sequel to X-Men: First Class (2011) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). The first-unit production started filming the movie in April (2015) in Montreal, Canada, through late August 2015 and the second-unit production finished on September 4, 2015. The film will be released in the United States on May 27, 2016, but last minute filming occurred in January (2016). I do not think this movie will be a hit at the box office and might not break even with an estimated budget of $235 million.
Director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects (1995), House (2004), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men 2 (2003)) failed at executing this movie and should have quit on a high note after executing Days of Future Past (2014) which was phenomenal. The film made the comic book characters/superheroes look awful, and I was disappointed to see how disappointing this movie is to its franchise. Over $230 million dollars went to waste because this film will most likely be a disaster in the theaters. Fans of X-Men co-creator Stan Lee should pay particular attention while viewing the movie because he makes a cameo appearance.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) revolves around an ancient mutant Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac - Ex Machina (2015), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Drive (2011), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)) awakens and plans to take over the world. The movie started by showing us what happened to Apocalypse when he was preparing to transfer into a younger body in the Nile Valley circa 3600 BC. The film then skips to 1983 in an Ohio classroom where Professor Xavier rescued Scott Summers/Cyclops as he was about to blast a class bully unintentionally with his eyes. Scott/Cyclops (Terrence Malick - Mud (2012), The Tree of Life (2011), Joe (2013), Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)) is happy being at Xavier’s School because he can finally be who he is.
Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur is the first known mutant and is the most powerful mutant that was born in ancient times, so power that he was worshiped as a god. He has all sorts of superhuman abilities and also a battlefield suit that makes him almost invincible. He was not happy to see the world as it is when he awoke after several thousand years of hibernation and decided his primary objective is to change the world. He started by forming a team with Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke/Pestilence, Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto/War, Ororo Munroe/Storm/Famine, and Warren Worthington III/Angel so that they can help him build the world he imagines.
Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke (Olivia Munn - Attack of the Show! (2005), Magic Mike (2012), Iron Man 2 (2010), Deliver Us from Evil (2014)) is also a mutant. She has telepathic and telekinetic powers/abilities which allow her to project a form of purplish energy that can burn through any metal. I enjoyed seeing the purple butterfly shape aura around her face when she uses her telepathic powers. Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender - Inglourious Basterds (2009), Prometheus (2012), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: First Class (2011)) is a mutant that can manipulate metal and control magnetic fields - image from Days of Future Past is in my head. Ororo Munroe/Storm (Alexandra Shipp - Straight Outta Compton (2015), Drumline: A New Beat (2014), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)) is an Egyptian mutant that can control the weather. Warren Worthington III/Angel/Archangel (Ben Hardy - EastEnders (1985), Hit (2016), A Storm in the Stars (2016)) is a mutant who has feathered wings resembling a bird’s wings.
Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy - X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Wanted (2008), The Last King of Scotland (2006)) and Raven/Mystique take it into their hands to save the world. Xavier is the most powerful telepath in the world, a mutant pacifist and is the one who created Xavier’s School for the X-Men and the Gifted Youngsters. Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games (2012), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)), Xavier and a few young X-Men stand together to fight Apocalypse. Raven/Mystique has special shapeshifting abilities and can transform herself into anyone or anything. Will Raven and her team be able to stop the ancient mutant from taking over the world?
Here is my low down on the movie:
There were way too many action scenes in the film that made it feel cramped and left no room for storytelling and left not much room for one to become excited. The screenplay felt as though we have seen it more than enough times and became repetitive and stale a little too fast. There was just too much of everything else and not enough time slot left for creativity, pizzazz, suspense, thrills, and excitement. It is sad to say that there were too many characters in this film, and they were quickly forgotten if they are offscreen for a lengthy time, and there is not much backstory to the characters which is another disappointment. With all said, I do admire the fantastic visual effects, actors performances, music, sets, costumes, makeup, and cinematography. A few of the characters shaved their head practically bald for this film and applauded them for their bravery and effort.
- X-Men: Apocalypse Rating Scores
- Our Score: 5
- Overall Score: 5.43
- IMDB: 7.0
- MetaCritic: 5.2
- Rotten Tomatoes: 4.8
About X-Men: Apocalypse 2016
Runtime: 144 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Total Avg. Votes: 333,534
X-Men: Apocalypse Writers: Simon Kinberg, Bryan Singer
X-Men: Apocalypse Director: Bryan Singer
Box Office: $135,729,385
Production: 20th Century Fox
Language: English, Polish, German, Arabic, Egyptian (An