Review: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

X-Men: Apocalypse is the latest installation in the series of X-men films. It continues the story from X-men: First class. It was directed by Bryan Singer, who also directed the original X-Men, X-Men 2 and X-Men First Class.


I was lucky to see X-Men: Apocalypse before the world premiere, thanks to a very cool Finnish software company called Fraktio. They had reserved an entire movie theatre with over 300 seats and provided also popcorn + soft drinks for free for the lucky guests.

I saw the film in 3D and from the first minutes it was obvious this film was really made for 3D. The camera movements were clever and most of the computer generated special effects were really good. Perhaps the coolest part of the film was when Quicksilver (Evan Peters) rescued a lot of other people. That long scene is a truly a master piece in the use special effects.

The basic plot of the film is as follows (no major spoilers): En Sabah Nur aka Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac, is the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe. He has power to transfer his mind to the body of other, making him effectively immortal. Over the thousands of years he has amassed the powers of many other mutants. The film begins in ancient Egypt, where he was worshiped as god, but soon betrayed. Then he was trapped until modern times. After he rises again, he is dissatisfied to see the state of the world. He recruits other mutants to act as his fearsome 4 to bring ruin to the entire planet Earth.

Great casting has been one of the foundations of the X-men film series. The core cast remains the same from the previous film. Jennifer Lawrence was okay as Raven/Mystique, but not as good as she was in previous parts.In some scenes she appeared she was already a bit tired of the role. Michael Fassbender did a good job as Magneto, who in the start of the film tried to live a normal man’s life as a metal worker in Poland. James McAvoy was once again convincing as Xavier/Professor X, even though I think Patrick Stewart is the best for that role. Rose Byrne delivered a very nice role as Moira MacTaggert, as a CIA operative and Xavier’s real love. She felt both convincing, realistic and was able to display emotional depth in her character.


Some of the other casting choices were a miss. I didn’t like Sophie Turner as Jean Grey. Famke Janssen did that role so much better with more emotional depth in earlier films. Olivia Munn as Psylocke didn’t convince with her acting skills, but at least she looked hot with in the Psylocke outfit.

The film featured some funny witty dialogue, which made the audience laugh, but overall it was one of the Hollywood formulaic films. More of the same, not much surprising and new.

Soundtrack was good, but nothing overly memorable, except the music in already above mentioned Quicksilver scene. The sound effects were mixed a bit too loud in some places, but dialogue was easy to still always easy hear and the actors delivered the lines in convincing ways. Interestingly the film featured a lot of different languages from Arabic to Polish and it all fit so well to the film.

The film is actually better and more fun than the official trailer above.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars, which means it should worth watching few times over the years if you are an action film fan. If you are a Marvel X-Men fan, this film is a must see!


PS. I don’t own the copyright to the above images. They are obviously the property of the film distributor and company.


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