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X-Men: Apocalypse

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Bryan Singer
  • 143 mins
  • 12

Summary

Fantasy adventure starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Oscar Isaac. The X-Men are forced to assemble and defend the planet when Apocalypse, a long-lived and immensely powerful mutant, threatens to show he's every bit as destructive as his name.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Professor Charles XavierJames McAvoy
Erik Lensherr / MagnetoMichael Fassbender
Raven / MystiqueJennifer Lawrence (2)
En Sabah Nur / ApocalypseOscar Isaac
Hank McCoy / BeastNicholas Hoult
Moira MacTaggertRose Byrne
Scott Summers / CyclopsTye Sheridan
Jean GreySophie Turner
Betsy Braddock / PsylockeOlivia Munn
Alex Summers / HavokLucas Till
Peter Maximoff / QuicksilverEvan Peters
Kurt Wagner / NightcrawlerKodi Smit-McPhee
Ororo Munroe / StormAlexandra Shipp
AngelBen Hardy
Logan / WolverineHugh Jackman
Colonel William StrykerJosh Helman
Jubilation Lee / JubileeLana Condor
CalibanTomas Lemarquis
Scott's teacherAlly Sheedy
Mrs MaximoffZerha Leverman
Fearful manStan Lee
Pentagon scientistZeljko Ivanek

Crew

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DirectorBryan Singer

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2016-05-18
Languages
English | Arabic | German | Polish
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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