An ancient being awakens after hundreds of years to cleanse the world of the weak. Charles Xavier and his young group of X-Men must learn to work with their abilities to overcome this being that threatens to destroy the world.
X-Men Apocalypse, directed by Bryan Singer, serves to be one of the more underwhelming films that have been released in the X-Men franchise. The film begins with a quick narration by Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) presenting the idea that some mutants have a view that they are gods meant to rule over humanity. We cut to ancient Egypt as En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac) and his heralds hold a grand ritual to further prolong his life as well as make him stronger.
En Sabah Nur is then betrayed by his human guards as they destroy his pyramid by sliding a giant stone the size of my house into a hole that breaks the main structural pillars for the pyramid. Clearly he made just as poor a choice in the architect as the guards. However, with their dying breath En Sabah Nur’s heralds manage to barely save him from getting killed by putting him in some kind of stasis in a protective cocoon. Hundreds of years later, Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), a CIA special agent and Charles Xavier’s love interest, discovers the tomb and accidently awakens the ancient mutant with a god complex through the power of ignorance and sunlight.
Upon awakening, En Sabah Nur briefly wonders the streets of Cairo looking at the world the same way my grandfather looks at my brand new galaxy smartphone. A lot of confusion and a hint of anger. He sets out to finish the plans he started so long ago, but not before searching for the strongest mutants he can find to create a new group of heralds. This includes a girl that makes a single energy sword and guy who just has wings. Meanwhile, in another part of the world we see Eric “Magneto” Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) attempting to live a normal life with a family. He smiles and laughs with a loving wife and daughter, who is essentially the mutant equivalent of a Disney princess. Furry animal friends included. After he is betrayed by the very people that he grew close with and moment of dramatic shouting toward the sky, he joins En Sabah Nur to eliminate the weak and create a new world for the strong. Charles Xavier’s younger X-Men will need to fight through the hardships, teen drama, and a randomly appearing Colonel Stryker to fight off a wannabe god figure.
Granted there are some fun moments within the film, however the overall presentation of the film appeals to many different emotions except for the feeling of an apocalypse. Sure there is a protagonist that wants to take over the world, but he feels no more threatening than my angry mother holding her slipper in her hand saying that she just wants to talk. Now that is scary. The film’s representation of En Sabah Nur seems tame in comparison to his comic book counterpart and his heralds equally felt lackluster. Regardless, the visuals were definitely pleasing and the humor implemented didn’t feel cheesy or forced. If not for the lack luster way the villain is portrayed and what feels like a giant tangent in the story for sake of adding a cameo, I would argue that it was a pretty well presented film. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Overall I rate it 6.5 out of 10.
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Starring: James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Lucas Till, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Munn, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan
Director: Bryan Singer
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action, Adventure, SciFi
Rating: PG – 13
Runtime: 144 Minutes
Official Website: www.foxmovies.com/movies/x-men-apocalypse
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