Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - I've done my best to keep them to a minimum.
Coming off X-Men: Days of Future Past I was expecting great things from X-Men: Apocalypse, but Iím sad to say that its meandering script ventures far more into X-Men: The Last Stand territory (damn, and I didnít want to mention that movie). Being an X-Men fan, Iím well versed in its lore, but even Iím stumped as to what in the heck is actually going on, with the inconsistent script of X-Men: Apocalypse contradicting those films that came before (and after due to time travel) that will leave you puzzled, struggling to comprehend how all the pieces - past and present - fit together - Iíd hate to see how regular moviegoers comprehend it all - and it's a trend that will now unfortunately likely continue with future instalments, unless someone else has a time travel device of course.
X-Men: Apocalypse is littered with sporadic action, and some serious pacing issues - that make you feel every minute of its well over two hour runtime - half of the movie could very easily have been left on the cutting room floor. That X-Men: The Last Stand infection also spreads into the multitude of characters they introduce - some we are more aware of, their older forms at least - but never really delving into any of them, giving you nothing new to invest in.
Instead, the only characters youíll feel anything for are those we have a history with; Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) - who channels her Katniss Everdeen in this one - Magneto and returning favourite Quicksilver (Evan Peters) who once again steals the show - the rest unfortunately fall flat.
But itís not just our heroes who suffer this problem, the movie fails to explore a potentially interesting villain in Apocalypse, or his motives; delivering a very one-note performance that becomes your stereotypical Thor bad guy - not to mention his odd makeup job that distracts on-screen consistently.
This ultimately translates into never feeling anything for the penultimate CGI-filled climax of X-Men: Apocalypse, the fate of the world may hang in the balance but you wonít care either way, as your eyes glaze over, leaving you staring at the flying debris and swirling, flickering, matter as those dark memories of X-Men: The Last Stand pry their way to the forefront from your subconscious - a stark contrast to X-Men: Days of Future Past.
X-Men: Apocalypse fails to live up to the expectations left by its predecessor, and much like X-Men: The Last Stand - as Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) amusingly predicts within the movie - the third films are always the worst.
With an inconsistent script that will leave many a fan puzzled - and likely debating - for how all these pieces fit together, to a multitude of mutants that become pure screen-fodder within a movie that very nearly drags longer than the third Lord of The Rings film, producing the feeling of watching a very slow Transformers movie - pretty visuals but nothing beyond it.
- 2 Out of 5 Stars
No emotional investment
Release Date: 18th May
Runtime: 2 hrs 24 mins
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult & Sophie Turner
- X-Men: The Last Stand
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
No, there are a multitude of scenes depicting various deaths including decapitations.
Contains an after credits scene.
Tom Hardy and Idris Elba were considered for the role of Apocalypse.
The fourth X-Men film directed by Bryan Singer.