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Apocalypse, the most powerful mutant in Marvel’s X-Men universe, tries to destroy mankind in this action-packed hit starring Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence!
Directors
Bryan Singer
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James McAvoyMichael FassbenderJennifer Lawrence
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Science FictionAdventureAction
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Simon KinbergBryan SingerHutch ParkerLauren Shuler Donner
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20th Century Fox
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11021 global ratings

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joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
What does it mean to be a mutant? To rule or to live together?
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In the 1990s Apocalypse was one of the X-Men’s greatest foes in the comics. Brian Singer who either directed or produced almost of the X-Men movies starting in 2000 attempted to capture the rivalry between the two in X-Men Apocalypse. If one had seen the secret ending to X-Men Days of Future Past this was hinted at as a young Apocalypse then known as En Sabah Nur was ruling Egypt and creating pyramids with his four horsemen looking on.

The movie takes place in the 1980s. (Each X-Men movie covers a different decade by the way, First Class is the 60s, Days of Future Past in s the 70s, and this one the 80s.) The story not only features Apocalypse assembling his Four Horsemen but the government getting involved as well in its never ending campaign against mutants.

There are many more mutants and Easter Eggs are introduced as well. Caliban shows up two times in Germany. When some of Xavier’s students attempt to escape the government they run into Wolverine. His appearance relates back to the X2 film from 2003 where the story of Logan and Colonel Stryker is fleshed out. Angel becoming one of the four horsemen and gaining metal wings is taken directly from the comics.

Ultimately the story comes down to what it means to be part of the mutant family. Does it mean domination as Homo Superior and survival of the fittest, which is what Apocalypse offers, or to live together, Professor Xavier’s alternative? There’s a third path as well which Mystique talks about that is full of fear and struggles as the human race still fears and persecutes mutants.

Overall, the action is great such as when Quicksilver saves the students at Xavier’s school from an explosion. There is another huge battle at the end that really plays upon the power of Apocalypse compared to all the others allayed against him. There’s a good mix of humor thrown in as well such as when Summers destroys Xavier’s favorite tree while showing off his powers. Or when Xavier sees MacTaggert for the first time in years and says in a slip of the tongue that he was going to check her out. In the end, it’s the second best of the current three X-Men films only behind Days of Future Past.
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AndrewReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Kind of a Mess, but still an XMen movie...
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I've seen all of the X-Men movies (and most of the Marvel and DC superhero movies, in general) and I'm really enjoying the reboot of the X-Men series. The cinematics and action scenes were amazingly done, the cast is great, and I appreciated the attempt of threading together a narrative with multiple characters across locations. However, this film fell a bit flat in comparison with some of the other films. I felt that the character development and story were a bit underwhelming and could have used more attention. I'm trying to write this without putting in spoilers, but there were a few moments where I did question some of the choices made. Overall, I found it enjoyable to watch, I just probably won't be watching it more than once. I gave three stars because I do enjoy the series, but this film left something to be desired.
8 people found this helpful
LouReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Blah. I should have expected to be disappointed.
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I'll start with the good things about this movie:

Olivia Munn and Rose Byrne are pretty.

Okay, now for the negatives:

This thing is a mess from start to finish--well, from start to the last part I watched before giving up on it and turning it off. I didn't bother to see this when it was released in theaters because of all the bad reviews, but today I thought "hey, keep an open mind, give it a chance, it's just four bucks." Well, I apologize to myself for the bad advice.
On the other hand, it makes me want to go back and read the old Byrne/Claremont stuff I loved as a teen so I can go back to liking these characters again.
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Cyrus WebbReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
So much good stuff in one big movie. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE delivers everything you want and more
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I have enjoyed this movie so much I had to break down and buy it so I could watch it whenever I wanted---and that has been often.

It was great to see how the mutants had to band together (even though at times in two factions) in order to achieve what they saw as the right path. Some did so out of pain and confusion. Others did it out of loyalty for what they believed to be right.

For those who call themselves X-Men they had to do what they thought was best to save mankind, even when mankind didn't always act in their best interest. At the end it was about embracing their powers and being who they were created to be---and that was able to save the day.

A masterful movie with so many high notes and messages it will keep you talking, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE delivers everthing you want ina great film and more.
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Jeffrey DanielsReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's not the apocalypse if you don't see it, but you probably should
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I'm not a big X-Men fan, though I have more of a childhood soft-spot for the "old" X-Men over the new.

I recognize some revisions to the mutant timelines have occurred in the 50 years since I read my first issues and the movies continue to reflect this. I hold no critical displeasure with that decision.

While I also acknowledge today's key 18-49 group like their characters morose (and somewhat deadly), I don't see why every character has to be a surly child. With the exception of Hank McCoy, everyone seems like one step up from a punk (and then miraculously, by movie's end, a hero).

That said, the movie was entertaining. As usual, the graphics were outstanding (also as usual, the dialog was choppy). The plot is no surprise to an X-Men reader and also easy enough to follow for newcomers.

I do think these films tend to stick very close to the "glue" characters, which means heavy Magneto and Mystique use. I also continue to be befuddled at the lack of relative impact Professor Xavier's "most powerful mutant mind" gets in the films, so his more integral role here is pleasing.

There are Easter eggs and "guest stars" galore, but I would have to reveal spoilers to talk about them, so I'll merely say comic fans will want to own this film and passerby viewers will want to watch it.
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Victor OrozcoReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Last One
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With the success of Days of Future Past, I was more than eager to watch this movie, especially with the post-credit zinger of a blue-skinned man forming a pyramid in the presence of four people on horseback. I am not the biggest fan of the X-Men comics, but I do know a bit about it to know of Apocalypse, a powerful mutant that is a great villain beyond all others.

After the events of the previous movie, mutants are being accepted in the world after the horrors that happened in First Class and Days of Future Past but as the world adapts to this change some look upon mutants as something greater than themselves but not all mutants are great some are flawed and as shown in this story no good at all. As the X-Men are brought back to handle a dangerous mutant known as En Sabah Nur, regarded as the first mutant but this is no champion for mutants but a diabolical force that sees himself as a god and the world his for the taking.

This story takes its time but thanks to director Bryan Singer and the phenomenal cast of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Rose Byrne, Olivia Munn, Oscar Issac, and so much more tell a great story, one that never lets up in adventure and excitement.

The 3D Blu-ray experience is still great, with phenomenal picture quality. The special features are greatly better than the last movie with great deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes features and a nice gag reel. Great to have this on a digital copy too.

The last and the best of the lot.
kathleen mckeonReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
No character development, only frenetic action
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Tedious. Forgettable - even while you're watching it.

I think this was made for less intelligent teenagers. who needed a summer blockbuster to get out of the house. If you are not that, don't waste your time here. Every scene feels like a scene shot in isolation - as though the ppl in the scene showed up at 10a, put on makeup for 15min, did the basic take like having a cup of coffee and then went on to do something else, like go to the DMV. The whole movie feels like the actors were TOTALLY bored with it. Maybe they all expected to get together at a later date to film the real movie?

I finished it to finish it. But I cannot recommend it. The real battle is maybe 45seconds and it was - seriously - just wrist twists and vigorous screaming. Then it's over and things are okay again. No tension. NO worries, not threats, no CONCERN for the humanity just wiped out... nope, none of that. There is SO MUCH they could have done to give this movie depth. They did none of that.

Jean has about 5 sentences of dialog - all absolute garbage. The actor playing Jean should be furious with the script writer/director/producer/her agent. Everything she does is twisting her wrists and deep stares. Terrible. She does have magnificent hair. Apparently the director only cares about her outward appearance. There is nothing else to her in this movie. Disappointing.

Erik/Magneto was the only one who had any depth. None of the characters have a particularly good showing here.

If the character weren't played by a famous face, there is no chance you'd remember that character after this movie. I had to pause the movie to look at Xray multiple times just to remind myself. They were so forgettable that I forgot them DURING the movie.

Disappointing. Of the 3 X-men the early years, this is by FAR the WORST. It does not warrant any attention.
Neal FagerReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Better Than X2 IMHO
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I LOVED THIS MOVIE!
I've been an X-Men nerd since The 90's cartoons!
It was a perfect mix of superpower worldwide action, heartfelt drama and comedy!

The special effects, story and acting were amazing and many things
I've been waiting to see since the 90's cartoons!

Cyclops destroying the ceiling of his High School, Apocalypse changing Angels wings into Metal,
Havoc destroying Cerebro, Apocalypse becoming a giant, QuickSilver saving everyone, Weapon X,
Magneto controlling the metal in the Earth and flying. creating a New Pyramid from other buildings,
Professor X becoming bald

and most of all they finally showing Jean Grey becoming The Phoenix

(X2 ended teasing The Phoenix at the very end,
This movie ends with a only few seconds of her as the bird of fire)

Then they make another terrible Phoenix movie!
(Is it possible too make a decent X-Men Movie without Bryan Singer???
Did Simon Kinburg mess up The Dark Phoenix this time???)

and The Danger Room even if was only a few second
(The best part & few good parts of The Last Stand)

There was a lot about Days of Future Past I didn't like

I get they were trying to fix what The Last Stand did but I think it could have been done better.
The old Sentinels looked lame and awful and the New Sentinels looked weird crazy and too futuristic.

If you were going to use any mutants power to make Sentinels that absorb other powers it would be Rogue
not Mystique she can only change the way she looks not absorb powers but they already used Rogue plenty.

I loved Cable in Deadpool 2 but it would have made much more sense to send him
into the past then sending Wolverine into himself... that's just weird.
(overusing Wolverine again they really have overused him unnecessarily)

They still haven't made a decent Gambit and I just realized that Kevin Bacon's character
had Gambits powers in The First Class
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