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


  1. Good review! Still need to see this one. Glad to hear Cyclops is good!