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X-Men: Apocalypse


Directed by: Bryan Singer
Written by:
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Rose Byrne, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Carolina Bartczak
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Genre: Action, Comic Book, Science-Fiction
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Plot: Apocalypse talks a lot and things blow up


X-Men: Days of Future Past was a great way to start a new chapter in the X-Men saga by revamping the events of the previous movies. X- Men: Apocalypse follows this story with an introduction to many of our well known heroes using a slew of up and coming actors along with the veterans of the series. We also have Apocalypse, a villain that is conveyed as unstoppable, who might offer a great challenge to our heroes. Bryan Singer is back in the directing chair so everything feels right to have another success. However, the movie takes a nosedive as we get actors who don't care to be in this movie, lackluster action, slow pacing, lack of menace, and a villain that is just plain dull.

Good: I'll give the young actors who portrayed our heroes here as they were good in their roles. Tye Sheridan as Cyclops was a good choice and I liked Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. The subplot involving Magneto had the most emotion and heart in this movie thanks to a solid performance from Fassbender. McAvoy is still a great Professor Xavier and provides some good scenes. Evan Peters has some funny moments as well. The effects are decent for the most part with some solid action here and there.

Bad: What kills this movie is the lack of stakes along with a weak villain. For a movie that is this long, there seems to be no real danger portrayed on screen. Yes, things blow up and cities disintegrate, but it feels empty. Apocalypse is just a weak villain who sounds whiny as he feels betrayed by his former followers. All he does is complain and monologue with little showcases of his powers. He's dull and doesn't live up to the hype they give him in the movie. Oscar Isaac unfortunately is wasted in this role. Speaking of wasteful, Jennifer Lawrence obviously felt like her time was wasted because she had an air of not caring throughout the movie. The fact fact that she was just Lawrence for most of the movie bugged even if they give her flimsy reason why she's in her human form. Her performance felt like she was on autopilot which again killed any stakes the story could've had to make it have some impact. The action was loud, but nothing we haven't seen before. All of the monologues from Apocalypse, the lack of danger, and the long running time made the movie drag for me as it was hard to pay attention or be invested in it.

Overall, I was immensely disappointed in this sequel especially after how awesome Days of Future Past was. Some good performances could not make up for the lackluster action, the mediocre performance from some of the cast, a weak story, a boring villain, and poor pacing. A rental if you are curious, but I say stick with Days of Future Past and stop there.

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