A movie review:By Lee Sonogan
(2016) 2h24mins/Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Directed by Byran Singer, X-men Apocalypse is an excellent sequel to the series. A vast cast of returning big names really put the story together. After the rebirth of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must fight together to defeat his extinction plan. With a budget of $178 million, the CGI effects are will due in contrast to the movie. Being a successful movie, it made over 543 million at the box office.
Biggest actors in the film:
- James McAvoy
- Michael Fassbender
- Jenifer Lawrence
- Oscar Isaac
- Rose Byrne
- And a surprise cameo appearance by Hugh Jackman
For the role of Charles Xavier, James McAvoy shaved his head. It was something he had wanted to do in the previous X-Men films. Tom Hardy and Idris Elba were both considered for the role of Apocalypse, but that part went to Oscar Isaac instead. Bryan Singer has called this film “kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters” and the “true birth of the X-Men”.
The film was to be subtitled “Age of Apocalypse” after the comic of the same name, but this was changed to “Apocalypse” for a more ominous title, as well as to avoid comparison with Avengers: Age of Ultron, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Age of Adaline.
In the comics, the Age of Apocalypse affected the Marvel Universe immensely and resulted in the deaths of prominent characters such as Peter Parker (who never becomes Spider-Man), Namor, Clint Barton, Thor, Carol Danvers, Frank Castle, Victor von Doom, Susan Storm, Ben Grimm and many others. In contrast, Gwen Stacy who famously dies in the main universe, is alive. The Age of Apocalypse is an alternate reality identified as “Earth-295”.
Stan Lee. creator of the X-Men appears as a civilian during the missile launch sequence. This is Lee’s fourth cameo in an X-Men film. John Ottman, composer and editor on the X-Films, appears as a soldier during the missile launch sequence.
In conclusion, the live action x-men movies have gone far in its story, since the original x-men was made in the year 2000. The two timelines of the movie series mix in well with the reintroducing the younger versions of the X-men. To truly appreciate this movie, you gotta watch them all in order. I recommend this to any superhero fans and people who have seen the movies since X-men first class. Key interests of the movie are the scene with Quicksilver. Plus Apocalypse is the most power enemy of the whole movie series and his intentions are brutal. The final fight scene seemed a bit dull and predictable tho. Do not let that stop you from watching the movie.