James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier / Professor X
Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique
Oscar Isaac as En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse
Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
In theaters May 27
3 out of 5
En Sabah Nur (Apocalypse) is an ancient Egyptian ruler who is also the first mutant. He is immortal and he owes his immortality to exchanging bodies with a new host when he has used up his current body. During one such ceremony, he is betrayed by his followers (or perhaps they just came to their senses). His four protectors are killed and Apocalypse is sealed in a tomb until 1983 when cultists who have vowed one day to revive him restore him to life.
When Apocalypse is revived he sees the state of humanity and he does not like it, he does not like how humans have progressed through the years without his guidance and he decides to wipe the slate clean and remake the world for mutant kind. To help him in this task he recruits another four mutants as his disciples to enforce his edict. Those mutants are the fabled four horsemen; turn out to be Storm, Psylocke, Angel, and Magneto.
Professor Xavier and some of his young mutant students try to stop Apocalypse, but Xavier is kidnapped and Apocalypse attempts to use the professor’s powers to remake the world. It will take the combined teamwork of some of the world’s most powerful mutants to stop Apocalypse, to stop the annihilation of the world.
Chalk X-Men: Apocalypse up as another issue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe volume of comic books. If you haven’t by now, you really need to let go of the previous set of X-Men movies and start getting on the train that started with X-Men: First Class. Pretty much the cast from the previous film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past has returned: James McAvoy (Professor Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), and Evan Peters (Quicksilver). This cast is joined by Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis,Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as the eponymous villain. Also it’s interesting to see Olivia Munn as the mutant Psylocke actually trying (forever trying) to redeem her career here. The Attack Of The Show fluff girl claims she turned down the role of Deadpool’s girlfriend because she’s tired of being type cast as the girlfriend (her filmography is a small list of forgettable roles). This time she ditched the girlfriend to be running around scantily clad in purple spandex, wielding mutant powers and samurai swords. Well when you have a choice like that, who wouldn’t choose mutant?
Apocalypse is a little shallow, but entertaining if not a bit slow to get going. It does kind of drop the ball thrown by Days Of Future Past, a little weak. Not really a MUST see, but if you are a fan and following the series, then grab a bucket of popcorn, and put on your 3D glasses. One thing that I did dig was American Horror Story‘s Evan Peters giving us another of Quicksilver’s “super speed” sequences. As in DOFP, Quicksilver has a chance to show us his faster-than-the-blink-of-an-eye moves. Since this movie takes place in the 80’s, they decided to drop some Eurhythmics into it for a tongue-in-cheek effect.
Even though this film is chock full of dynamic special effects, it isn’t as motivated as DOFP. It will sell popcorn, but if you’re not that motivated, I’d say wait for Netflix on this one.
Check out the trailer for “X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” below: