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Review written by Jon Patch with 3 paws out of 4

X-Men: Apocalypse

Twentieth Century Fox Films, TSG Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment present a PG-13, 143 minute, 3D, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, directed by Bryan Singer, written by Singer and Simon Kinberg with a theater release date of May 27, 2016.

 

In the Nile Valley, year 3600 BCE, there is a transference taking place between a man and Apocalypse/ En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac) the original mutant that has walked the lands for a life time but when a conspiracy takes place to end his life other mutants and their pyramid collapses around them.

In Ohio, 1983, Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) has gone out of control with his eyes turning into lasers wiping out anything thing in their path. His brother Alex/Havok (Lucas Till) takes him to Professor Charles Xavier’s (James McAvoy) school for the gifted otherwise known by humans to be mutants. Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) is helping to run the school and as for Scott he takes a big liking to a fellow student Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) who ends up becoming a much bigger player to save the world. Meanwhile in East Berlin Angel (Ben Hardy) has been winning in cage fights but when he comes up against Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and with the presence of Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) the fights in the cage come to an end but not the fight to save the world.

Cairo Egypt, some men have found the remains of the fallen pyramid from 3600 BCE and they end up resurrecting the dead, Apocalypse to be exact. Moira Mactaggert (Rose Byrne) a CIA agent and forgotten friend of Professor Xavier is on the scene and witness the end of the world as she knows it. Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is living a normal life hiding out in a small village, working in a steal company, he has a daughter Nina (T.J. McGibbon) who has an unconditional love for all wild animals and a wife Magda (Carolina Bartczak) but once he saves a man at work from death everyone knows who he is and they come to take him away. Before they do a horrific accident occurs leaving Magneto to surface forever and seek revenge on anyone in his path.

The world’s first mutant has risen, Apocalypse, and he seeks four followers to make his plan to end the world as is, making it a better world under his complete control. As he walks the lands he discovers that nothing is as it was in 3600 BCE, strange material things, electronics and more are a mystery to him. He seeks out his four followers, Ororo Munroe/Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Angel and last but certainly not least Magneto who already hates the world. Apocalypse has bestowed on each of these mutants stronger more fierce power that will help to achieve his end goal.

It’s not long before the attacks begin which also destroys the Xavier school but before the students die Quicksilver/Peter Maximoff (Evan Peters) shows up to save lives while also harboring a huge secret about one of the followers. Soon the entire world is disarmed and the day of reckoning is here whether that is war or peace. A battle ensues between Apocalypse his followers and the X-Men because Apocalypse needs one man for the complete transference whereas afterwards he can never be stopped. In the meantime Cerebral has crashed, the world is being destroyed, the battle is catastrophic, friends are questioned but in the end there are no more gifted kids, no students, only X-Men.

This film as I screened it at 11 am in the morning totally kept my attention which to me since I usually only do night screenings is a great sign, walking in on a Monday morning exhausted from the weekend I did not fall asleep or doze off for a second. Several other critics at the end of the screening were disappointed but personally I was not. I mean it has a few holes here and there but the characters are fairly well developed, at least the main character, the special effects are awesome and the score spot on. I have to say though that the actor playing Apocalypse, Oscar Isaac, was a bit of a miss for me. I just found him to be a bit boring at times and not for the direction or the lines but I think slightly because of him. I will say some of the characters could have been developed a bit more but the main attraction is Apocalypse for the most part yet not to take away from the other X-Men who may have lacked slightly in their development but all together are super-powers to help mankind. I can’t even say it was too long because in my mind it was a perfect length.

I really thought all the actors were brilliant with the one exception of Isaac who I thought does a sufficient job but as the main character he should have killed it. For me Isaac may have given it a limp rather than a kill. Does Lawrence do no wrong she is really becoming the young Meryl Streep of our time. Fassbender is hands down superb as well. Hoult is a smaller role but pulls his own, Byrne was nicely done, Quicksilver brings some humor, Turner is a good mystery, Sheridan and Till great to watch, McPhee a bit quirky yet humbling, Hardy is awesome in his wings, Shipp is a great starter as is Munn but overall with such a big cast they all kick some evil butt. Thankfully the pizza dog survives! Truly an exciting film well worth the 143 minutes in the theater.

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