X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

2016 PG-13 144 Minutes

Action | Adventure | Science Fiction | Fantasy

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immorta...

Overall Rating

6 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • X-Men: Apocalypse is just another X-Men film. Yup, nothing new here unfortunately. Where First Class focussed on characters and Days of Future Past honed in on the series' origins, this instalment brings nothing new to the table. We have two separate films here, the first half is character driven and interesting...the second half is just a mind numbing end of the world scenario that we are all too used to by now. It's not original, at all. The characters are well balanced, a good amount of screen time for each main mutant which gives them a chance to show off their powers. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are, again, the best actors here. Their dynamic chemistry is great to watch, and I even liked their solo performances particularly Fassebender who adds a heck load of emotive prowess to Magneto. How the heck did Ben Hardy go from Eastenders to Hollywood!? Kodi Smit-McPhee was superb as a young Nightcrawler also. It's well paced, nearly 2 and a half hours long and it just flows by. The mutant introductions were well executed, I mean it takes over an hour to get through everyone but they were all distinguishable and had interesting traits. So yes, I enjoyed the majority of the film except the inevitable final act. I wasn't even remotely excited while watching the action unfold. I also have issues with Apocalypse. He is one of the most powerful supervillains and here he is just a tool for Magneto. He destroyed Cairo in seconds to make a pyramid (what even was that!?) but somehow couldn't decimate a few mutants. He is supposed to be all powerful! I understand that if he was then the film would end instantly but come on, atleast use him. Oscar Isaac, as amazing as he is, was terribly miscast. Jennifer Lawrence looked like she couldn't be bothered and the CGI was actually pretty mediocre for most of it. Quicksilver was a plot convenience, the Wolverine cameo was a plot convenience...don't get me started on the script!? "We can all agree the third movie is always the worst." Oh the irony. It's a fun superhero film, but nothing new.