Genre: Action, Adventure, Comic, Science Fiction, Superhero.
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Ben Hardy, Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Year Of Release: 2016
Certificate: 12A (UK) PG13 (US)
Runtime: 144 Minutes
Director: Bryan Singer
Synopsis: “With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.” IMDB
Kinberg has gone from strength to strength since “X-Men: The Last Stand”, for me “Days Of Future Past” was triumphant, while “Apocalypse” excels even further. Kinberg and Singer have turned themselves into very much a dynamic duo when it comes to superhero films specifically X-Men franchise. I fully went into this film expecting to enjoy it even more after reading some of the ridiculous reviews, especially the bullshit coming out of Forbes “franchise killing disaster”, I REALLY hope people don’t buy into this hate like they did the bashing of “Batman Vs Superman” go and make up your own mind.
The film opens up with an incredible look into the deep past of the mutant race, we’re in Cairo 3,600 BCE and see En Saban Nur and his four horsemen who are betrayed by the people they think worship them. Killing the horsemen in the process, Saban Nur is enclosed underneath a collapsed pyramid to be inadvertently woken up by Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), when she is in Cairo investigating a mutant worshipping cult.
Then we cut to America with the backdrop of 1983 and get an introduction to the new members of the team starting with a decent origin story for Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) something we’ve longed for since X1, not only do we meet Cyclops we also get introduced to Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Angel (Ben Hardy) and Jubilee (Lana Condor), but let’s leave the story details there shall we, don’t wanna ruin the juicy parts.
The special effects, man the special effects, where to begin they rival anything anybody is putting out right now, there is some incredible looking scenes start to finish. Especially anything that includes Apocalypse himself using his powers to disintegrate objects down to their matter or when we see Magneto shift parts of the Earth when he realises the full capability of his powers. Not only do the effects deliver for mutant powers, the destruction of cities is a wonder to behold, Apocalypse doesn’t lie when he exclaims “Everything they’ve built will fall!” because sure as heck does he bring cities to their bare bones.
Another stellar casting job by Roger Mussenden who continues to pick incredible actors for this franchise, From X1 to Apocalypse he has worked on them all besides “The Last Stand”. The addition of Turner, Shipp and Sheridan were inspired choices and I would go as far to say they surpass their predecessors especially Shipp she was incredible, I’d personally never seen prior to this but I’m excited to see where her career goes. A common complaint about films in recent years is accents slipping we see/hear that a lot Civil War with Boseman, Olsen and Freeman having about 10 accents between them, Sophie Turner doesn’t suffer the same fate she holds up well throughout.
When I heard people saying that Quicksilver would outdo himself in this film and have an even better slow-motion sequence I actually scoffed, even seeing the small clip in the trailer I thought to myself “nah, no chance they’ll out do”. Boy was I wrong, the character reaches new levels of epicness, be it character development due to his connection to Magneto or his new slow-mo run. He just trumps anything I imagined, the new slow-mo scene makes the scene in “Days Of Future Past” look like a a bunch of school kids made it in comparison. Evan Peters my friend, thank you, you magnificent mutant! (not that you are my friend, nor will you ever read this ha!)
The story progresses well, it doesn’t feel like another 2 hour plus superhero film, the pacing is brilliant and gives nearly enough time for characters to bond, that being said I would have paid double or even triple my ticket price to see Scott, Jean and Jubilee taking Nightcrawler around the mall that would have been the character development needed to fully justify their bond. The story is well paced in getting us from the introduction of Apocalypse to his recruiting of his horsemen for global domination, to the “kids” becoming a the X-Men.
Overall, the film is a wonderful mixture of the old cast and some incredibly talented newbies to the franchise, especially Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sophie Turner and Alexandra Shipp that’s not to say the rest of the new cast members weren’t good just I found these three to be incredibly enjoyable in their new roles. There is a line in the film “the third one is always the worst” a fleeting jab at “The Last Stand” which many will agree isn’t the best, this rule works for many franchises too Godfather, The Matrix or as mentioned in the film Star Wars (OT) that being said this year we have had had two huge exceptions to the rule Civil War and now Apocalypse. From start to finish the film delivered in every aspect I expected and even excelled in some I was worried about, plus remembers peeps don’t leave before the credits there is a another comic orientated end credit scene.