X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse

Bryan Singer (2016)

143min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Time-spanning X-teams may have stopped the apocalypse in Days of Future Past, but director Bryan Singer ups the ante here by pitting Professor X's student mutants against a god-like immortal called Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). It's 1983 and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) has opened his school for gifted youngsters, Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is out rescuing mutants from persecution and public enemy Magneto (Michael Fassbender) lives a secret life of married bliss. However, the status quo unravels with the entrance of "first mutant" Apocalypse, who lives up to his name by setting out to cleanse the Earth of human rule, forcing young incarnations of Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Jean Grey to battle his minions (including Magneto). Inevitably, like so many superhero spectaculars, a climactic doozy of a battle and city-wide CGI destruction is the predictable result. Thankfully, Singer knows how to marshal his sizeable cast while "old hands" Fassbender, McAvoy and Lawrence keep the sprawling storyline on point. As in Future Past, Evan Peters delivers more scene-stealing delight as Quicksilver, in a sequence that shows off his superspeed to a life-saving tee, and there's a ferocious cameo from a familiar hirsute hero. In contrast, poor Oscar Isaac, a fine actor, seems straitjacketed by his villainous attire, coming across like Power Rangers villain Ivan Ooze instead of the ultimate X-Men foe.

Summary

The mutant heroes face the oldest and most powerful of their kind, an ancient Egyptian tyrant who is restored to life in the 1980s and plans to destroy civilisation and rebuild it in his own image. Superhero adventure sequel, starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Oscar Isaac.

Cast & Crew

Professor Charles Xavier James McAvoy
Erik Lensherr / Magneto Michael Fassbender
Raven / Mystique Jennifer Lawrence (2)
En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse Oscar Isaac
Hank McCoy / Beast Nicholas Hoult
Moira MacTaggert Rose Byrne
Scott Summers / Cyclops Tye Sheridan
Jean Grey Sophie Turner
Betsy Braddock / Psylocke Olivia Munn
Alex Summers / Havok Lucas Till
Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver Evan Peters
Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler Kodi Smit-McPhee
Ororo Munroe / Storm Alexandra Shipp
Angel Ben Hardy
Logan / Wolverine Hugh Jackman
Colonel William Stryker Josh Helman
Jubilation Lee / Jubilee Lana Condor
Caliban Tomas Lemarquis
Scott's teacher Ally Sheedy
Mrs Maximoff Zerha Leverman
Fearful man Stan Lee
Pentagon scientist Zeljko Ivanek
Director Bryan Singer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 May 2016
Drama