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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Overloaded action and a cliched villain take the focus away from otherwise strong performers and resonant themes, making X-Men: Apocalypse a middling chapter of the venerable superhero franchise.

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Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

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Cast

James McAvoy
as Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender
as Erik Lensherr/Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence
as Raven/Mystique
Oscar Isaac
as Apocalypse
Nicholas Hoult
as Hank McCoy / Beast
Rose Byrne
as Moira MacTaggert
Tye Sheridan
as Scott Summers / Cyclops
Sophie Turner
as Jean Grey
Olivia Munn
as Betsy Braddock/Psylocke
Lucas Till
as Alex Summers / Havok
Evan Peters
as Peter / Quicksilver
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Alexandra Shipp (II)
as Ororo Munroe / Storm
Josh Helman
as Col. William Stryker
Lana Condor
as Jubilee
Ben Hardy
as Angel
Abdulla Hamam
as Lead Conspiracy Guard
Hesham Hammoud
as Conspirator Guard
Antonio Daniel Hidalgo
as Conspirator Guard
Al Maini
as High Priest
Berge Garabedian
as Old Apocalypse
Ally Sheedy
as Scott's Teacher
Anthony Konechny
as School Jock
Emma Elle Paterson
as School Cheerleader
Manuel Sinor
as Fight Announcer
Gustave Ouimet
as Defeated "Blob"
Lukas Penar
as Electric Panel Guard
Ryan Hollyman
as Mr. Summers
Joanne Boland
as Mrs. Summers
Nabeel El Khafif
as Falafel Shop Owner
Nabeel ElKhafif
as Falafel Shop Owner
Manuel Tadros
as Clan Akkaba Leader
Abanoub Andraous
as Clan Akkaba Disciple
Aladeen Tawfeek
as Clan Akkaba Disciple
Davide Chiazzese
as Cairo Shoe Shop Vendor
Boris Sichon
as Polish Worker
Martin Skorek
as Lead Polish Inspector
Michael Terlecki
as Polish Police Archer
Osman Ahmed
as Threatening Cairo Vendor
Ziad Ghanem
as Egyptian Street Vendor
Moataz Fathi
as Egyptian Street Vendor
James Loye
as CNN Reporter
Zehra Leverman
as Ms. Maximoff
Herbert Luft
as News Anchor
Stan Lee
as Himself
Joanie Lee
as Herself
Stephen Bogaert
as Pentagon General Hastings
John Bourgeois
as Pentagon General Radford
Conrad Coates
as Pentagon General Fields
Dan Lett
as Defense Secretary Weisberg
Adrian G. Griffiths
as Military Official Brown
Shawn Campbell
as Miltary Submarine Official
Joe Cobden
as Air Force Official
Henry Hallowell
as Foyer Student
Danielle Dury
as Fish Bowl Girl
Naomi Frenette
as Kissing Girl
AJ Risi
as Kissing Guy
Raphaël Dury
as Computer Guy
Ian Rosenberg
as Darts Guy
Mary-Pier Gaudet
as Students in Drapes
Allen Keng
as Student in Drapes
Josh Madryga
as Student in Drapes
Scott Cooke
as Student in Drapes
Scott Cook
as Student in Drapes
Tally Rodin
as Student in Drapes
Francis Limoges
as Table Surfing Student
Tsu Ching Yu
as Table Surfing Student
Karl Walcott
as Alkali Soldier
Tsu-Ching Yu
as Table Surfing Student
Desmond Campbell
as Alkali Guard
Ian Geldart
as Alkali Communications Officer
John Ottman
as Confused Tech
Linda Joyce Nourse
as Kenyan Teacher
Zeljko Ivanek
as Pentagon Scientist
Christopher B. MacCabe
as Fishing Boat Captain
Chris Cavener
as Fisherman
Ronald Tremblay
as Fisherman
Joseph Bellerose
as Harbor Master
Sebastien Teller
as Russian Submarine Sailor
Alexander Peganov
as Russian Submarine Sailor
Philipp Hartmann
as Harbor Employee
Simon Therrien
as US Weapons Technician
Patrice Martre
as US Weapons Technician
James Malloch
as Mystery Man
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Critic Reviews for X-Men: Apocalypse

All Critics (295) | Top Critics (44)

It's basically a closing chapter to a feeble trilogy that started out pretty well and then ran out of gas, and now must serve as a prequel to shadowy X-related endeavors yet to come.

May 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Some of the franchise stalwarts, such as Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique, are given too little to do. Most are given too much.

May 27, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Without a compelling villain, it's hard to resist feeling like it's just more of the (mutated) same.

May 27, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Comic fans will be mystified. Movie fans will be confused. Everyone will leave disappointed.

May 27, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

There's no spark, and everyone lumbers through the motions. The apocalypse, it turns out, is deadly dull.

May 27, 2016 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Enough already. Singer throws so much mutant at us that nothing sticks. I was almost rooting for Trump to impose a quota.

May 27, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for X-Men: Apocalypse

Well here we are with the [b]ninth[/b] movie in this franchise, if you include 2016's 'Deadpool', and with a [b]tenth[/b] on the way! So many plots, sequels, prequels, different actors playing the same characters, alternate timelines which may or may not count anymore...Jesus Christ! I'm not a fanboy of this franchise (or the comics) and I'm probably in the minority here but...what the hell is going on in this franchises timeline?? I have no clue anymore. I can't remember the older films and I can't be bothered to rewatch them all in order to keep up with this one (because they're mostly boring and repetitive). And that's the main problem with this movie series, you kinda gotta know stuff from the previous movies. Anyway so we're still following the timeline that started in 'X-Men: First Class' which was a prequel/reboot to the entire franchise (ugh!). This time we are first whisked back to ancient Egypt where the first mutant ever rules supreme. His name is En Sabar Nur, more commonly known as Apocalypse. So old Apocalypto is betrayed by his followers and gets buried alive beneath a pyramid (I think). Back in the present of 1983 dusty old Apocalypto gets discovered by locals and is awakened, or re-energised or brought back to life, whatever. Surveying the new world before him, the big purple one decides that he does not like the modern age of 1983 and all those damn [i]Cabbage Patch Kids[/i]. So off he goes to recruit some other mutants (his four horsemen, or whatever) and destroy the world so he can build a better one. The X-Men have to stop him...and that's it. OK right off the bat, what the literal fuck was that makeup job on Oscar Isaac for Apocalypse?? I heard and read the rumours all about his visual appearance being somewhat kooky and rather reminiscent of some kids flick villain, but I didn't really think much into it. What I saw was shocking, absolutely shocking...and hilarious. Now up to this point these movies have been relatively solid visually, not great but they have tried to give these comicbook characters a realistic look which has worked OK, apart from one or two. Considering this is a new movie in 2016 I simply could not believe how poor Isaac looked in his baddie outfit. For a start it looks nothing like Apocalypse, not even close. His entire bodysuit looks terribly rubbery and squishy, no weight to it at all. Isaac isn't a particularly large person and you can also tell here, Apocalypse is way too short and has nowhere near enough bulk to him. And finally we have the makeup job on his face, Jesus Christ! Please explain to me what went wrong! what were they thinking?! Its awful, plain and simple, you can almost see the joins, the lines, it looks fake and rubbery, and again it looks nothing like Apocalypse. In short he looks like a big purple dildo from a kids flick or TV show. But wait there's more terrible outfits, the cartoonish garbage keeps going. The four horsemen that Apocalypse recruits look almost as dumb as he does, well three of them. First up we have Psylocke, a sexy brunette with a skimpy costume that actually looks like something straight outta 'Mortal Kombat: Annihilation', or a tacky Halloween costume. Next its Angel and his big CGI wings that Apoc transforms into metal which somehow fires metal shards? He never wears a shirt it seems, he's kinda chunky, bit too much timber, and just looks plain idiotic. In this flick Storm is a villainess and looks more like yet another [i]Mortal Kombat[/i] character, no the mohawk doesn't look 'cool'. Magneto is the final errr...horseman I guess. Of course its Michael Fassbender again but we all know he is one of the better factors in these films, and he looks good in his suit too. On the goodie side of things its the usual story, same actors, same characters, same look. Nicholas Hoult is Beast and again just looks like a bad makeup job. They haven't yet managed to equal or better the look used on Kelsey Grammer in 'X-Men: The Last Stand' in my opinion. Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff might be a popular character right now but Quicksilver also looks ridiculous with his silver outfit if you ask me, and he just does the same shit as before (obviously). Nightcrawler literally just looks like a regular skinny teen with blue face paint on, possibly for Halloween again. I mean I know that's kinda the idea but it just looks so bland and cheap. And lastly the Godawful Jennifer Lawrence is back as Mystique, although you wouldn't think it because she's hardly seen in her famous blue visage. Obviously she didn't like the process or thinks she's too big to be hidden away behind so much makeup or whatever. All the rest are fine, nothing special, usual stuff, they don't look like clowns in other words. Lets take a look at what we see. Apocalypse is supposedly a super powerful mutant of the ages....right? Yet he really doesn't come across like that, hell he doesn't even look intimidating. At one point he decapitates some local Egyptians with...sand? Yes the deadly terror that is sand, its coarse, it gets everywhere and it can apparently cut human heads off. He then merges some other local into a wall or something, eh? He does this again later with another X-Men character (can't recall). Tries to like...meld them with a wall, because that's a thing apparently, that's one of his mutant powers, wall melding. He can also turn people into dust or sand, I dunno. But he only does this here and there, like why doesn't he just turn all the X-Men into dust? (or sand). At one point the big purple one wants to send a message to every human, so he requires Professor X. But surely he's powerful enough to do that himself no? I don't know all the facts about these characters but I just got the impression a mutant like Apocalypse would be able to do things like that himself. In fact I must question why he even needs any assistance from the mutants he recruited, they're all pretty useless anyway. I'm sure the shirtless dude with metal wings will be a big help to you. We see Magneto lose yet another family, ugh! Yep we gotta sit through a whole load of schmaltz with the metal powered one and another faceless family that is obviously just there to be killed off and make him angry. So when these communist Polish militia accidentally kill Erik's wife and child, he kills them with...a necklace? Oh, his wife and child get killed accidentally by a fatal arrow shot. But this arrow must be damn big because it manages to penetrate his wife, and into the child (they were holding each other). The entire Wolverine/Weapon X cameo sequence was another laughable waste of time. Apart from being completely pointless and of no use to the plot, its obviously just crowbarred in there to appease the fanboys who probably all spaffed in their pants over it. Wolverine, in his kegs, with a load of wires and crap all over him, killing faceless soldiers in a rage. Twas in the comics and thusly recreated here to appease and possibly gauge the reaction for a violent R rated flick. I mean lets be honest here, that's all we've damn well heard about for so long now, [i]'I wanna see Wolverine kill people in an R rated movie'[/i] whine whine whine. And that's why we have the new tenth instalment 'Logan', because people just wanna see Wolverine kill people with graphic violence. In the end everything is tied up with a nice little predictable bow that we've all seen before now. One big cliched battle at the end where various bad guys are defeated but not killed off so they can become good guys later on. Professor X has mind battles with Apocalypse because that's all Professor X can do in these films. Magneto was a villain here, but switches back to the good guys...again. Jean Grey unleashes her full Phoenix Force powers (I'm guessing it was) to defeat Apocalypse, she did very little else up till that point. Various X-Men use their various specific mutant powers for this and that, its all very convenient with shittonnes of deus ex machina moments. And finally the X-mansion gets obliterated...but is completely rebuilt perfectly in the end by Magneto and Jean Grey. How very safe and convenient. This movie in general is so so poor in almost every way, its literally as if Singer and co took a large step backwards. I feel like this movie might have done way better had it come out prior to the very first X-Men movie, way back in 2000. Its virtually on par with 'X-Men: The Last Stand', 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' in terms of an overall substandard product or offering. This movie feels totally jokey, a absolute sin in terms of modern comicbook flicks, its incredible how this got by without any warning lights (or were there?). At this point I really can't see where you can go with this franchise and these characters, this all felt so cliched, mundane and repetitious. Its been done, the moment has past.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

When X-Men movies first hit the silver screen the world was staggering from the comic book films of the late 1990's (I'm looking at you Batman and Robin and Spawn). The concept of adapting super heroes was just not as viable as it is today. The X-Men series is the odd franchise that has been rebooted, but is still tied to its former self more tightly with timeline swaps creating a convoluted mess that becomes more and more confusing with each additional movie. X-Men: Apocalypse opens in Egypt where Apocalypse (Oscar Issacs) is being transferred into another body, merging his powers with the powers of his new host. A coup renders him buried hundreds of feet below the ground in perpetual hibernation, waiting for the day that he can be rejuvenated by the sun. Obviously he is released and begins the process of taking control of the world back from humans- he feels that he is their god. He recruits four mutants (the four horsemen), one of them being Magneto (Michael Fassbender) who, after experiencing another tragedy, now feels that humanity is evil and needs to be exterminated. This leads to a confrontation with Professor X (James McAvoy) and his team of X-Men. Bryan Singer is the mastermind of the X-Men franchise, helming four of the installments. After continuous disaster porn offerings in comic book films it really isn't a surprise that a film with the sub title Apocalypse should also contain massive destruction. It doesn't seem quite as bad as other comic book films, but it's still there and is starting to wear thin on viewers. The film holds itself together, but it does have issues. There are pairings that don't really fire on all cylinders, leaving an awkward feeling in the film when it really wasn't intended. The problem is that these intermingle with moments in the film that really work so when you get going into the movie and become heavily invested the film hits the breaks with awkwardness and pulls the viewer right out of it. This is all secondary when you get to the tacked on scene that is just there so that we can have a gratuitous Hugh Jackman cameo. To sum up that part of the film, it was not needed at all and the film could have been fine with it cut from the final product. Discarding it would have made the film a tighter piece and better in the long run. But it gets you hyped for the next film, right? X-Men: Apocalypse is probably the weakest of the current X-Men franchise. The film blatantly sets up Logan, but where does this series go from here? Is there a future with this franchise in this form or will another reboot be in order? Time will tell. All in all this is a respectable film if you can get past the issues it contains. A decent super hero film as long as you don't expect too much out of it.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

½

Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse brings the apocalypse, but never delivers the apocalypse. Running over 2 hours and a lot of mutants to go around, X-Men: Apocalypse houses some entertainment value, but never fully busts out of its shell. Trying to find the time for each character is not an easy task and the plot has both successes and failures in this area. With that said, the moderate pace makes the film easy to follow without much drag. With heavy reliance on CG, the visuals are a mixed bag. Certain elements look brilliant, while others are a step down. The look and design of the characters deserve some praise. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender carry the load of the cast, as expected. Oscar Isaac steps in as the mighty Apocalypse, but never stands out. Both Isaac and Jennifer Lawrence suffer from poor writing for their characters. X-Men: Apocalypse showcases what it sets out to do with a few surprises thrown in. Unleash your super power.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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