Monday, 27 June 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Release Date: 9th June 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Platinum Dunes
Gama Entertainment Partners
Mednick Productions
Smithrowe Entertainment

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 112 minutes

Budget: $135,000,000

Box Office Gross: $245,623,848

Plot Summary
After supervillian Shredder
escapes custody, he joins
forces with mad scientist
Baxter Stockman and two
dimwitted henchmen,
Bebop and Rocksteady, to
unleash a diabolical plan
to take over the world. As
the turtles prepare to take
on Shredder and his new
crew, they find themselves
facing an even greater evil
with similar intentions:
the notorious Krang.

Megan Fox - April O'Neil
Will Arnett - Vern Fenwick
Laura Linney - Chief Vincent
Stephen Amell - Casey Jones
Alan Ritchson - Raphael
Noel Fisher - Michelangelo
Pete Ploszek - Leonardo
Jeremy Howard - Donatello
Peter Donald Baldamenti II - Splinter
Tony Shalhoub - Splinter (Voice)
Brian Tee - Shredder
Stephen Farrelly - Rocksteady
Gary Anthony Williams - Bebop
Brittany Ishibashi - Karai
Tyler Perry - Baxter
Brad Garrett - Krang (Voice)
Connor Fox - Trevor
Alessandra Ambrosio - Herself (Cameo)
Jane Wu - Jade
Carmelo Anthony - Himself (Cameo)
DeAndre Jordan - Himself (Cameo)
Jonathan Redick - Himself (Cameo)
Matt Barnes - Himself (Cameo)
Austin Rivers - Himself (Cameo)
Langston Arnold Galloway - Himself (Cameo)
Shane Larkin - Himself (Cameo)
Lou Amundson - Himself (Cameo)
Andrea Bargnani - Himself (Cameo)
Quincy Acy - Himself (Cameo)
Kevin Eastman - Pizza Delivery Guy (Cameo)

Director - Dave Green
Based on Characters  - Kevin
Eastman and Peter Laird
Writer/Executive Producers - Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec
Executive Producers - Eric J. Crown, Grant Curtis and Denis L. Stewart
Producers - Michael Bay,
Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller,
Scott Mendick and Galen Walker
Production Designer - Martin Laing
Costume Designer - Sarah Edwards
Director of Photography - Lula Carvalho
Stunt Coordinator - Jonathan Eusebio
Visual Effects Supervisor - Pablo Helman
Film Editors - Jim May and
Bob Ducsay
Music - Steve Jablonsky

Two years after the success and mixed response of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (click here), a reboot that arguably tries to be like TRANSFORMERS (click here). It unfortunately wasn't and Michael Bay strikes again as the producer of this latest sequel. He hires a different director who was known for the lacklustre film of EARTH TO ECHO (click here) with the vision in mind to have him improve the setbacks. But needless to say, it only worked in a few elements. My impression is drawn back to its classic 80s cartoon roots and incorporated its several elements to the plot adding such characters as Bebop and Rocksteady as well as Krang. This is a good thing and a bad thing, starting with the good it has some sentimental value which will resonate with fans who grow up with the 80s classic. Now moving onto the bad, many considered the film as a slight modification over the original, but some unrealism and poor acting choices dishonored this sequel

It is without surprise that Stephen Amell from the hit TV show ARROW phoned it in as Casey Jones. This character has got spunk, but Amell didn't get enough direction and the way the character is written wasn't as charismatic I hoped. I even thought Tyler Perry and Brad Garrett are miscast in their roles and so is Megan Fox who is still dull and frankly this is the result of poor direction and script.

Turtle power, not really and it's good for a one-time watch at best. OUT OF THE SHADOWS is an another mediocre effort from Michael Bay's producing credit. I think this movie will be more appealing to a younger grouping of people or less experienced movie goers who do not pay as much attention to detail, casting and plotting.

Star rating: (5/10) Average

Thursday, 23 June 2016

In Memory of Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

So, sorry to do this, but I've been busy trying to perfect my earlier reviews. It is with sad tidings for me to announce this tragic news that the talented young actor Anton Yelchin who was best known for his role in the two 'Star Trek' reboots by J.J. Abrams as Chekov has been killed in a freak car accident after his own 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down the driveway and pinned him against the security fence and brick pillar in June 19th 2016 at the age of 27. It's such a tragedy that a promising young actor has had his own life cut short by an accident and this is quite the devastating news.

He was born in his native homeland of Russia to a pair of figure skaters. At his infancy, he and his family left to escape the oppression of their country and were emigrated to the United States afterwards. He was trained as an actor through classes and was noticed rather early in his career and given prosperous opportunities. At 10 years old, he landed in a guest appearance on the episode of a medical drama television series 'ER' before the next year where he performed in his early film roles in movies like 'Delivering Milo', 'Along Came A Spider' and 'Hearts in Atlantis'. In 2004, Yelchin appears in a television series called 'Huff' which lasted for two seasons. He then went on star in a notable crime thriller of 'Alpha Dog' which is his breakout role along with several other films like 'Fierce People', 'Charlie Bartlett', 'Terminator Salvation', 'Like Crazy', 'Fright Night', etc.

In 2009, it was around the same year as 'Terminator Salvation' that Yelchin was cast as Chekov opposite leading actors like Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in a film that redefined the classic sci-fi series of 'Star Trek' to where no other reboot has gone before. J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' was a huge smash and it brought him some international recognition. Its success would soon follow with two instalments such as 'Into Darkness' and 'Beyond' which the latter is soon to have its official release out in next month and it will be his first last movie.

News like this is always such a shocking experience and being that the actor was such a young man it is horrific that he has passed well before his time. I think it is fair to say that this talented young actor will be sorely missed by his fans, friends and family. His memory and presence will be unforgotten and with movies that he left behind which will always serve as a reminder of his talent and good spirit.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut Review

X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut

Release Date: 15th July 2015 - Australia (Direct to Video Only)

Production Companies
20th Century Fox (presents)
Marvel Entertainment (in
association with)
TSG Entertainment (in
association with)
Ingenious Media (made in
association with)
Big Screen Productions (made
in association with)
Bad Hat Harry Productions
Donners' Company
Dune Entertainment (in
association with)
Down Productions (made in association with)

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 149 minutes

Budget: $200,000,000

Plot Summary
In 2023, the entire human
race is on the brink of
extinction. Sentinels,
originally created to kill
mutants now hunt all of
mankind. The remaining
survivors cannot stand
against the onslaught of
the Sentinel army. In
order to save the future,
Wolverine is sent back
to 1973 in order to stop
the war before it even

Hugh Jackman - Logan/
James McAvoy and Patrick
Stewart - Charles Xavier/
Professor X
Michael Fassbender and Ian
McKellen - Erik Lensherr/
Jennifer Lawrence - Raven
Halle Berry - Ororo Monroe/
Anna Paquin - Marie/Rogue
Nicholas Hoult and Kelsey
Grammer (Cameo) - Dr.
Hank McCoy/Beast
Peter Dinklage - Bolivia Trask
Ellen Page - Kitty Pryde
Shawn Ashmore - Bobby
Omar Sy - Bishop
Daniel Cudmore - Peter
Evan Peters - Peter Maximoff/
Fan Blingbling - Blink
Adan Canto - Sunspot
Booboo Stewart - Warpath
Josh Helman - Major William
Lucas Till - Alex Summers/
Evan Jonigkeit - Toad
Greg Lowe - Ink
Mark Camacho - U.S. President Richard Nixon
Zehra Leverman - Mrs. Maximoff
Famke Janssen - Jean Grey (Cameo)
James Marsden - Scott Summers/Cyclops (Cameo)
Michael Lerner - Senator Brickman
Brendan Pedder - En Sabah Nur (Uncredited)

Producer/Director - Bryan Singer
Based on Comic "Days of Future Past" - Chris Claremont and John Byrne
Story/Screenplay/Producer -
Simon Kinberg
Story - Jane Goldman and
Matthew Vaughn
Producers - Hutch Parker and
Lauren Shuler Donner
Co-Producer - Jason Taylor
Production Designer - John Myhre
Costume Designer - Louise Mingerbach
Make-up Department Head/Designer - Norma-Hill Patton
Director of Photography - Newton Thomas Sigel
Stunt Coordinators - Jeff Habberstad, Michael Scherer and James M. Churchman
Stunt Coordinator/Stunt Double:
Josh Helman/Stunt Double:
Shawn Ashmore/Stunts - Trevor Habberstad
Special Effects Supervisor - Cameron Waldbauer
Visual Effects Supervisors - Richard Stammers
and Lou Pecora
Visual Effects Supervisor: Rising Sun Pictures - 
Tim Crosbie
Visual Effects Designers - Colin & Greg Strause
Visual Effects Supervisor: Fuel VFX -
Paul Butterworth
Additional Visual Effects Supervisor - Matt Sloan
Legacy Effects Supervisor - John Rosengrant
Visual Effects Supervisor: MPC - Anders Langlands
Sound Designers - Warren Hendriks and
Chuck Michaels
Film Editor/Music - John Ottman
Co Editor - Michael Louis Hill

In 2016, the latest X-MEN movie APOCALYPSE (click here) was still in sessions in theatres across Australia. I barely watched all the previous hits except for DAYS OF FUTURE PAST which is the most quintessential and fan-favourite of the series. However, I consider the original theatrical cut to be better of the two after director Bryan Singer availed an extended version. Thus THE ROGUE CUT bears its namesake from the female character known as Rogue. It contains some scenes featuring the character that were once deleted from the final cut are now reinserted into this version. Even ones that were extended have been reassembled along with a deleted love scene of Beast and Mystique. While this definitive version is acceptable, it is decidedly less simple than the original and adds very little to improve its quality. 

I still liked DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, I don't care if any other version is bigger and better than the original. It's still one of the two movies that redefined the mutant saga. 

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

Monday, 20 June 2016

Alice in Wonderland (2010)/Alice Through the Looking Glass Review

Alice in Wonderland/Alice Through the Looking Glass

Release Date: 4th March 2010 - Australia
                       (Alice in Wonderland)
                       26th May 2016 - Australia
                       (Alice Through the Looking Glass)

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (presents)
Roth Films
Team Todd  
The Zanuck Company (Alice in Wonderland Only)
Tim Burton Productions (uncredited)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 108 minutes (Alice in Wonderland)
               113 minutes (Alice Through the
               Looking Glass)

Budget: $200,000,000 (Alice in
             $170,000,000 (Alice
             Through the Looking

Box Office Gross: $1,025,467,110 (Worldwide) (Alice in Wonderland)
$299,457,024 (Worldwide) (Alice Through the Looking Glass)

Plot Summaries

19-year old Alice returns 
to the magical world 
from her childhood 
adventure, where she 
reunites with her old 
friends and learns of her 
true destiny: to end the 
Red Queen's reign of 

In this sequel to 2010's
Alice in Wonderland, Alice
returns to the whimsical
world of Underland and
travels back in time to
save Mad Hatter.

Mia Wasikowskia - Alice
Johnny Depp - The Mad Hatter
Helena Bonham Carter - The Red Queen
Anne Hathaway - White Queen
Matt Lucas - Tweedledee/
Michael Sheen - White Rabbit (Voice)
Stephen Fry - Cheshire Cat (Voice)
Alan Rickman - Blue Caterpillar (Voice)
Barbara Windsor - Dormouse (Voice)
Paul Whitehouse - March Hare (Voice)
Timothy Spall - Bayard (Voice)
Lindsay Duncan - Helen Kingsleigh
Geraldine James - Lady Ascot
Leo Bill - Hamish

Alice in Wonderland Only
Crispin Glover - Stayne - Knave of Hearts
Tim Pigott-Smith - Lord Ascot
Martin Csokas - Charles Kingsleigh
Eleanor Gecks - Faith Chattaway
Eleanor Tomlinson - Fiona Chattaway
Frances de la Tour - Margaret Kingsleigh
John Hopkins - Lowell
Michael Gough - Dodo Bird (Voice)
Imelda Staunton - Tall Flower Faces (Voice)
Christopher Lee - Jabberwocky (Voice)
Mairi Ella Challen - 6-Year Old Alice

Alice Through the Looking Glass Only
Sacha Baron Cohen - Time 
Rhys Ifans - Zanik Hightopp
Andrew Scott - Dr. Addison Bennett
Richard Armitage - King Oleron
Ed Speelers - James Harcourt
Matt Vogel - Wilkins (Voice)
Paul Hunter - Chess King (Voice)
Wally Wingert - Humpty Dumpty (Voice)
Meera Syal - Nobody (Voice)
Hattie Morohan - Queen Elsemere
Louis Ashbourne Serkis - Young Hatter
Joanna Bobin - Alexandra
Amelia Crouch - Young Mirana
Leilah de Meza - Young Iracebeth
Simone Kirby - Tyva Hightopp
Joe Hurst - Bim Hightopp
Siobhan Redmond - Bumalig Hightopp
Oliver Hawkes - Young Bim Hightopp
Frederick Warder - Poomally Hightopp
Eve Hedderwick Turner - Paloo Hightopp
Tom Godwin - Pimlick Hightopp

Producer (**)/Director (*) - Tim Burton
Based on Books - Lewis Carroll
Screenplay - Linda Woolverton
Unit Production Manager/Executive Producer - Peter M. Tobyansen (*)
Executive Producer/Film
Editor - Chris Lebonzon (*)
Executive Producer - John G. Scotti (**)
Producers - Richard D. Zanuck
(*), Joe Roth and Jennifer & Suzanne Todd 
First Assistant Director/
Co-Producer - Katterli 
Frauenfelder (*)
Co-Producer/Visual Effects Producer - Tom C. Peitzman (*)
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager - Jeremy Johns (**)
Production Designers - Robert Stromberg (*) 
and Dan Hennah (**)
Makeup Designer - Valli O'Reilly (*)
Conceptual Designer - Dermot Power (*)
Costume Designer - Colleen
Directors of Photography -
Dariuz Wolski (*) and
Stuart Dryburgh (**)
Special Effects Supervisors - Michael Lantieri (*) and Neil Corbould (**)
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor - Ken Ralston
Visual Effects Supervisors - Carey Villegas, Sean Phillips (*) and Jay Redd (**)
Animation Supervisor - David Schaub (*)
Film Editor - Andrew Weisblum (**)
Music - Danny Elfman


2011 Academy Awards (Alice in Wonderland)
Best Art Direction - Robert Stromberg and Karen O'Hara (Won)
Best Costume Design - Colleen Atwood (Won)
Best Visual Effects - Ken Ralston, David Schaub,
Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips (Nominated)

To those of you remember the classic stories that Lewis Carroll wrote for young children about a young girl named Alice who ends up in a magical world of Wonderland after following a white rabbit or entering a mirror. These stories were adapted many times to the big screen through countless years and took half the elements from the second chapter while putting them together in only one film. Even the 1951 animated version by Walt Disney is among the notable of these transitions and I grew up with this classic as a small boy. The recent feature interpretations of ALICE IN WONDERLAND and its sequel THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS is known to lack the simple narratives of the books as well as much of its charm. I'll begin to review these so-called iterations as they are both different to the original story. 

The first movie is surprisingly similar to HOOK (click here) and both features were about a titular protagonist who is now grown up and re-experiences a magical land that he or she has no memory about it. It would have been renamed as "ALICE RETURNS TO WONDERLAND" not ALICE IN WONDERLAND as the same title is used nearly in every film version. It refers how this movie is meant to pick it up where the classic stories have left off and re-uses the material from two books. Director Tim Burton is madly driven by his own ego in attempt to bring a dark and gloomy visual style to his own interpretation. Alas, the entire film is shattered by the mere sight of CGI in its overabundance. The epic themes were very unessential to the author's original concept. All of those overtunes were added in the insistence of Burton and Disney resulting a different but epic version. 

The ensemble cast is made-up with such players as Helena Bonham Carter being Burton's favourite actress to portray the tyrannical but childish Red Queen. However, Johnny Depp's portrayal of the Mad Hatter is nowhere near spectacular as people have said to liked it. It felt that his character acts like he was possessed by the ghost of Jack Sparrow. Not like being kooky or insane, Depp is too unfit or maybe was too wrapped with being with Tim Burton again in their long-term partnership. He wasn't even trying to upstage the other actors much more than the actress, who plays Alice is too stiff and insipid to portray the older version. Several actors like the late Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen and Stephen Fry add their obvious voices to this mangled film.

It probably wasn't the picture that many fans and readers want for a modern film adaptation. It's much less surprising that ALICE was a cash-grab for a 3D gimmick that is a new trend after the success of AVATAR (click here) in 2009. It has much less wonder and lacks the colourfulness and it also drew much ire from the book enthusiasts. Tim Burton should have followed closely to the original material instead of gaining a tip from Steven Spielberg. I'll try to watch the Disney version instead, not like the one that is considered too mundane and bizarre in my expectations.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

The recent instalment ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS is not seen as a very successful movie. Because of poor marketing and Johnny Depp's faltering career and allegations surrounding his personal life as well as apparent lack of judgement caused the film to flop. It is seen by some cinema-goers as a better film than Tim Burton's ALICE, due to him not being the director. Instead, he was currently involved as the producer when James Bobin is now currently in the position. The newly-produced sequel does not have a better story than the original. It's very confusing with the actual use of time travel with a few certain issues that doesn't always relate with physics.

I've excluded several actors who were already mentioned in the review of the first ALICE movie. Even the late Alan Rickman who is among those that have returned and passes away shortly after recording for his last but brief film role was finished. Sacha Baron Cohen makes an appearance and does well in a goofy, over the top manner as Time. I can't get enough of the actor being in this movie as he puts on a fittingly German accent. I also really enjoyed the time-puns.

Neither good, nor bad for a sequel that nobody asked for. The debate is settled for now as THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS is not quite the improvement that I was looking for. I would give this one a pass.

Star rating: (5/10) Average

Monday, 13 June 2016

G-Force Review


Release Date: 17th September 2009 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (presents)
Jerry Bruckheimer Films (presents)
Whahmaphram Productions

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia 

Genre: Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 85 minutes

Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $292,817,841

Plot Summary
Just as the G-Force - an
elite team of highly trained
guinea pigs - is about to
save the world, the F.B.I.
shuts the secret unit down.
But these next-generation
action heroes - Darwin,
loyal team leader; Blaster,
weapons expert with
attitude to spare; Juarez,
drop-dead gorgeous
martial arts diva; and
tag-along Hurley - won't
be stopped. Armed with
the latest in high-tech
spy equipment, and with
the F.B.I. on their tails,
the fur flies as they race
against the clock to save
the world. 

Voice Cast
Sam Rockwell - Darwin
Nicolas Cage - Speckles
Jon Favreau - Hurley
Penelope Cruz - Juarez
Steve Buscemi - Bucky
Tracy Morgan - Blaster
Dee Bradley Baker - Mooch
Hoyt Yeatman IV - Mouse #1. 
Max Favreau - Mouse #2. 
Bill Nighy - Saber
Will Arnett - Kip Killian
Zach Galifianakis - Ben
Kelli Garner - Marcie
Tyler Patrick Jones - Connor
Piper Mackenzie Harris - Penny
Gabriel Casseus - Agent Carter
Jack Conley - Agent Trigstad
Niecy Nash - Rosalita
Justin Mentell - Terrell
Loudoun Wainwright - Grandpa Goodan
Chris Ellis Jr. - FBI Director

Based on a Story/Director - Hoyt Yeatman
Based on a Story/Executive Producer - David P.I. James
Screenplay - Cormac & Marianne Wibberley
Executive Producers - Mike
Stenson, Chad Oman and Duncan Henderson
Producer - Jerry Bruckheimer
Production Designer - Deborah Evans
Costume Designer - Ellen Mirojnick
Director of Photography - Bojan Bazelli
Visual Effects Supervisor - Scott Stokdyk
3D Visual Effects Supervisor - Rob Engle
Animation Supervisor - Troy Saliba
Film Editors - Jason Hellman and
Mark Goldblatt
Music Supervisor - Kathy Nelson
Music - Trevor Rabin

When we say the name of Jerry Bruckheimer, people will most likely think of movies like PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and NATIONAL TREASURE as these are his most commercially recognised hits, albeit one exception to the rule was a partially animated live action pleaser called G-FORCE. The movie is unlike what you ever seen from Bruckheimer and Disney before, I do praise the decision to try something new and target a new audience as sometimes this can be successful as was the case with COYOTE UGLY which was very unlike the usual Bruckheimer style, but proves that risks can be taken and can pay generously. Its main target was just for young kids who were far too young to watch most of Bruckheimer's productions. Despite going well at the box office, feedback was mostly negative. However, G-FORCE shamelessly snatches ideas and elements that were made from other blockbuster hits like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and TRANSFORMERS. Sure this movie is cute, charming and amusing but that this just does not cut it. In this age of film, audience expect more.

I did enjoy with this movie, the use of fresh colouring, the intergration of CGI with live locations. It is seldom that directors use this technique in other family movies but some classic examples are STUART LITTLE and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS. It's nice to hear some familiar voices and live-actors, it's refreshingly featured with movie references, which one ironically to a previous Bruckheimer production TOP GUN (click here). I'm referring to the famous line "I feel the need... the need for speed!"

I think this feature is something that will be easily forgotten about as after watching it once. I have no intention to want to revisit it. I would recommend steering clear of this movie, there are definitely many films better than this. 

Star rating: (5/10) Average

Monday, 6 June 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse Review

X-Men: Apocalypse 

Release Date: 19th May 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Marvel Entertainment
TSG Entertainment
Bad Hat Harry Productions
Donners' Company
Kinberg Genre

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 144 minutes

Budget: $178,000,000

Box Office Gross: $543,934,787

Plot Summary
As the fate of the Earth
hangs in the balance,
Raven with the help
of Professor X, must
lead a team of young
X-Men to stop their
nemesis, the villainous
En Sabah Nur, aka

James McAvoy - Charles
Xavier/Professor X
Michael Fassbender - Erik 
Jennifer Lawrence - Raven
Nicholas Hoult - Dr. Hank
Oscar Isaac - En Sabah Ner
Rose Byrne - Moira MacTaggert
Evan Peters - Peter Maximoff/
Josh Helman - Col. William
Sophie Turner - Jean Grey
Tye Sheridan - Scott Summers/Cyclops
Lucas Till - Alex Summers/
Kodi Smit-McPhee - Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler
Ben Hardy - Angel
Alexandra Shipp - Ororo Monroe/Storm
Lana Condor - Jubilee
Olivia Munn - Psylocke
Hugh Jackman - Logan/
Wolverine (Cameo) (Uncredited)
Carolina Bartczak - Magda
T.J. McGibbon - Nina
Tomas Lemarquis - Caliban
Berdj Garabedian - Old Apocalypse
Zehra Leverman - Mrs. Maximoff
Giant Gustav Claude Ouimet - Blob
Stan Lee - Himself (Cameo)
Joanie Lee - Herself (Cameo)

Story/Producer/Director - Bryan Singer
Story/Screenplay/Producer -
Simon Kinberg
Story - Michael Doughtery and Dan Harris
Executive Producers - Todd
Hallowell and Stan Lee 
Executive Producer/First Assistant Director - Josh McLaglen
Producer - Lauren Shulen Donner
Co-Producer/Film Editor/
Music - John Ottman
Co-Producer/Visual Effects Producer - Blondel Aidoo
Production Designer - John Myhre
Costume Designer - Louise
Make-up Department Head - Rita Ciccozzi
Special Effects Make-up Department Head - Adrien Morot
Director of Photography -
Newton Thomas Sigel
Stunt Coordinators - Nick Brandon, Jeff Habberstad, James M. Churchman and Paul Leonard
Special Effects Supervisor - Steve Hamilton
Visual Effects Designer - John Dykstra
Visual Effects Supervisor - Lou Pecora
Visual Effects Supervisor: Rising Sun Pictures -
Tim Crosbie
Visual Effects Supervisor: MPC - Anders Langlands
Additional Visual Effects Supervisor - Matt Sloan
Legacy Effects Supervisor - John Rosengrant
Sound Designers - Warren Hendriks and
Chuck Michaels
Film Editor - Michael Louis Hill

After DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (click here) and DEADPOOL have revitalised the entire X-MEN blockbuster series. Director Bryan Singer has again pushed the envelope even further to continue the growth of mutation in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. The characters that he introduced back in his first two originals have been given new personalities and development. Especially Cyclops who is no longer a mere presence being overshadowed by Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. The quality, however is starting to drop in comparison to the earlier hits. It is now saddled with a bit too much over-inflated scale of action and a few mutants like Angel and Psylocke who were added to the story-line in a last-minute decision and are once again underdeveloped and reduced to underlings. Bryan Singer's influence still remains intact on X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, but it appears he may be losing his golden touch with the movie franchise. 

I was not convinced by the title antagonist since his evil intentions are less than original and anyone who has seen X-MEN films would quiet easily know where his character development was going. It offered no new surprise at all. Despite having the character with cliche motives, Oscar Isaac is surprisingly fitted in a meritorious portrayal of a villain as his newfound fame as Poe Dameron in STAR WARS landed him the role as the god-like Apocalypse. Tye Sheridan and Sophie Turner were looking more youthful than James Marsden and Famke Janssen who replaced both of these original actors as Cyclops and Jean Grey. Jennifer Lawrence is still stealing the thunder from the other characters as Mystique. Whilst James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are still continuing to be as Xavier and Magneto, albeit differently to their predecessors. 

This movie is nowhere near the weakest of the film series unlike THE LAST STAND (click here) and ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (click here). It's worth the time to watch and did very well with some fans who consider it a solid film. 

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie