Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Profes...more
Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind. less
“Good fun if you're a fan of this series! Nothing more.”
You have to muster all your courage even from the remotest corners to watch the latest offering from the X-Men stable. The previous one Days of Future Past packed a lot of punch with the oldies meeting the newbies and also adding a multiple timeline narrative. However, Apocalypse falls in the zone of an overlong overstretch strings of high-octane action with less of fun and wits.
The villain in this film is an Egyptian mummy-ish formation called Apocalyspe, who's the first mutant of the world and is the victim of transference to stay eternal going wrong. He emerges in the 80s and makes his own gang of mutants, including the mighty Magneto to wreak havoc on mankind. On the other side, you have Professor X and Mystique trying to stop them.
The glaring problem with X-Men: Apocalypse is that it's armed with too many characters who couldn't handle their ammunition properly. With few of surprises, the film slips into the crevices of a Mummy Returns getting a different makeover. It pans out predictably as a fight between good and bad, and piles up one cliche after another. Seriously, Hollywood might have dried up with stories for superhero-ish ventures.
The villain himself is not that menacing except for the sandstorm tricks he pulls off now and then. Professor X makes his mark to an extent only towards the end when he gets to do a Matrix-esque mind spinning fight. Once he's beaten to pulp there happens a transfer of power. Arghhh. The only character who's pleasure to watch is Magneto, who's giving a convincing reason to join the band of bad boys, but his emotional conflict gets subsided with a sermon from the good side of the X-Men pack. For me, the two WOW factors are Wolverine's passing appearance and the faster-than-time rescue sequence featuring Quick Silver.
The film takes its sweet time to grow on you and by then you are exhausted. It also tries to make a mark with many characters but puts you n confusion if you are not a regular follower of this series. Unlike other X-Men films that delve more into the story and characters, Apocalypse borders on the oversized visuals. Also the problems it shows in the real world are downright ordinary. On top of it, all this coming from the master craftsman of the series, Bryan Singer comes as a sheer shock and surprise.