Katie Fenton, Online Reporter
As an X-Men movie (not comic) fanatic, it hurts to say that X-Men: Apocalypse failed to meet expectations and is by far one of the least memorable X-Men movies.
The film takes place in 1983, 10 years after the Paris Peace Accords from X-Men: Days of Future Past. The group is divided; Raven Darkholme/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is saving mutants from the streets of East Berlin, Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) lives in Poland with his wife and daughter and Charles Xavier/Professor X (James McAvoy) is running his School for Gifted Youngsters.
After the all-powerful mutant god En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) awakens from thousands of years of preservation, he decides the world must be cleansed and enlists the help of four mutants: Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Angel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Magneto.
X-Men: Apocalypse sees the introduction of younger versions of Jean Grey/Phoenix (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee). The trio teams up with Mystique, Professor X and Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) to defeat Apocalypse. Along the way, Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver (Peter Evans) joins the group in order to find his father, Magneto.
Apocalypse is portrayed as the unstoppable mastermind, yet he never feels like a real threat to the X-Men or even humanity. The film’s big battle takes place in Cairo, Egypt, where Apocalypse and his four “horsemen” build a giant pyramid and plan to destroy the world. Magneto’s powers are amplified and he’s able to move metal found deep in the earth. There’s a few scenes that showcase his new ability and how he completely destroys parts of the world, yet the film doesn’t focus on casualties or how mutants are endangering mankind once again.
The dialogue in Apocalypse was horrible. The writing was cheesy and many characters seemed out of place. Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Mystique was a hit and miss. She seemed bored in most scenes and Mystique’s character went from blue-skin-embracing “mutant and proud” to “just kidding, I still need to hide my identity.” Likewise, Magneto’s indecisiveness with being good or bad is getting old. One minute he’s learned from his old ways and is a new man, and the next he’s full of hate and anger and wants to kill everyone.
There are other minor problems with Apocalypse, such as the fact that it’s been 20 years since the 1963 Cuban Missile Crisis, yet all of the characters haven’t aged a day and look exactly the same. Alex Summers/Havok (Lucas Till) was a troubled kid in First Class, and 20 years later after serving in the Vietnam War, he just has longer hair and a worsened sense of style.
Criticisms aside, the movie was still enjoyable. Some memorable scenes include Quicksilver using his supersonic speed to save students at Xavier’s school after a huge explosion and Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) making a surprise appearance at William Stryker’s (Josh Helman) compound as Weapon X.
X-Men: Apocalypse was a decent film, but at $11.70 for a ticket, it might be better waiting for a Redbox release.
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