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'X-Men': Apocalypse

Latara Boodie, Youthlink Writer


Main cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac,Nicholas Hoult
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Duration: 2 hours and 24 minutes
Director: Bryan Singer
Previously directed works: X-Men (2000), X-Men 2 (2003), Superman Returns (2006), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Movies similar to X-Men: Apocalypse: X-Men (2000), X-Men 2 (2003), Superman Returns (2006), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
Best quote: "Forget everything you think you know, you're not students anymore! You're X-Men!" 

Even if you're not a big Marvel fan like I am, you've never read the comics and you have no idea where the sequels have been going, you will still appreciate X-Men: Apocalypse. Bryan Singer transports viewers to the birth of the X-Men and answers several questions, including why Professor X is bald. If you have been exposed to the previous instalments, though, you could describe this movie as a series of epiphanies and a good way to restart a brand.

Overview:

  • Since the birth of civilization, the first-ever mutant to walk the face of the Earth has been worshipped as a God. Apocalypse has acquired the powers from mutants over thousands of years and become an immortal superpower. Life is simple, easy and just to his liking. One day, however, during one of his transformations, he is betrayed by the very people he thinks worship him. This leads to the end of his reign as he falls into an eternal deep sleep.
  • Magneto goes into hiding after the devastation caused in X-Men: Days of Future Past. He has a beautiful wife and daughter and enjoys the life of a humble miner. One day, all this is taken away from him, and the pain and rage he feels towards humans returns. Upon the accidental awakening of Apocalypse, Magneto joins his force as one of the four horsemen in a bid to purge the world of 'filth'.
  • Raven, who has also been in hiding after Days of Future Past, lives her life as a bounty hunter, rescuing mutants from a life of peril. She becomes aware of Magneto's new path and seeks Professor X's help. Then, Raven, Professor X, Beast and new students Cyclops, Jean, Night Crawler, along with the unexpected appearance of Quicksilver, set out to defeat Apocalypse and his four horsemen and restore peace between humans and mutants on planet Earth.


Thoughts:

Seeing that this is the fourth superhero movie we have gotten this year, I wasn't expecting anything as spectacular as the X-Men: Apocalypse. What can I say, I figured we were all 'superheroed' out by now. However, none of the previous superhero movies were as cinemagraphically appealing as this one. From start to the end, the 3D effects complemented film and actually made sense because it brought it to life.

Oscar Isaacs nails the role of Apocalypse. The villains in our superhero movies have been seriously lacking, recently, so his performance is a breath of fresh air. Not only does he feel threatening, but he is also very convincing to me. The newcomers who have changed the face of the X-Men provide a younger, fresher look but keep the essence of the legend. X-Men: Apocalypse gives a great facelift to the X-Men franchise. Don't just take my word for it, check it out for yourself.

Ratings:

Story line: 4 claps out of 5
Cinematography: 5 claps out of 5
Music and Audio Effects: 4 claps out of 5
Character Palate: 4 claps out of 5

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