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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 27 May 2016 (USA)
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In the 1980s the X-Men must defeat an ancient all-powerful mutant, En Sabah Nur, who intends to thrive through bringing destruction to the world.

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Bryan Singer

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Professor Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender ... Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence ... Raven / Mystique
Nicholas Hoult ... Hank McCoy / Beast
Oscar Isaac ... En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse
Rose Byrne ... Moira Mactaggert
Evan Peters ... Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
Josh Helman ... Col. William Stryker
Sophie Turner ... Jean Grey
Tye Sheridan ... Scott Summers / Cyclops
Lucas Till ... Alex Summers / Havok
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Ben Hardy ... Angel
Alexandra Shipp ... Ororo Munroe / Storm
Lana Condor ... Jubilee
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Storyline

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. 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 greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Prepare for the Apocalypse. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

27 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

X-Men: Apocalypse See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$178,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,000,000, 29 May 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$155,442,489

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$543,934,787
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(at around 1h 4 mins) Fans have gotten the in-joke from Jean Grey after watching Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) in which she says the third movie is the weakest (in reference to the criticisms from the fans about X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)). However, the scene includes another in-joke. Before Jean remarking that the third movie is the weakest, Jubilee says that Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) was the best. Bryan Singer reportedly said in 2003 that he envisioned X2: X-Men United (2003) as the film series' The Empire Strikes Back. Fans agree that X2 is the best of the first three, with some saying it is the best entry in the entire franchise. In addition, this could be viewed as a self-deprecating swipe at this very movie itself, it being the third of the "First Class" trilogy (with the second film "Days of Future Past" generally considered the best of the three, again like "The Empire Strikes Back"). See more »

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Charles Xavier: Mutants: born with extraordinary abilities, and yet still, they are children stumbling in the dark, searching for guidance. A gift can often be a curse. Give someone wings, and they may fly too close to the sun. Give them the power of prophecy, and they may live in fear of the future. Give them the greatest gift of all, powers beyond imagination, and they may think they are meant to rule the world.
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Grounded in its storytelling while gorgeous in its pandemonium, Apocalypse is yet another winner from Bryan Singer.
11 June 2016 | by lnvictaSee all my reviews

While I prefer First Class and Days of Future Past, Apocalypse truly surprised me. It has the grandest scale of any X-Men movie, and possibly of any superhero movie period. It revolves around the first mutant born tens of thousands of years ago, En Sabah Nur, hailed as an all-powerful god in Egypt before a mutiny in the ranks caused his pyramid to collapse, burying him in the process. Fast forward to the '80s and we see Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) investigating a cult following of this mysterious mutant. Unbeknownst to her, only the smallest amount of sunlight was needed to awaken En Sabah Nur who subsequently causes an earthquake that is felt across the globe. The beginning of this movie is slow, and rightfully so. It shows the origin of Apocalypse, at least how he came to be trapped for all these millennia, and proceeds to show the individual X-Men characters in their respective settings. Magneto has a wife and child, Mystique is rescuing captured mutants like Nightcrawler and Angel, and Professor Xavier is teaching classes in his school. Soon enough, Scott Summers enrolls in the academy and meets Jean Grey. This sounds like a lot to cram into a movie, and it is, but this background was necessary as a foundation for the story to build upon, and boy does it ever.

Apocalypse is one of those villains that has only one goal: world domination. Has it been done a thousand times before? Absolutely. Has it been executed as well as this? Probably not. If there was ever a practical motive for a villain to want to push the reset button on Earth, this is it. The guy's name is freaking Apocalypse and was hailed as a god in his time, and having seen how corrupt the world has become, he believes it's time for some new leadership. He has a huge ego and even huger powers to boot. He recruits some mutants, including Storm, Angel, Psylocke, and eventually Magneto, to help fulfill his global extinction plan, and it's exactly as destructive as it sounds. This might be the most catastrophic and destruction-filled action I've ever seen in a superhero movie. Cities crumble into dust, the Earth itself collapses from the inside, every nuclear warhead launches simultaneously across the world. It's pure pandemonium.

The acting is superb across the board. There's no need praising McAvoy or Fassbender as they've proved themselves many times over. The newcomers are the real shockers here, especially Scott Summers played by Tye Sheridan and Jean Grey played by Sophie Turner. Both are brilliant in their roles and have great chemistry in the scenes they share. Oscar Isaac is excellent as Apocalypse. The material he's given is fairly vanilla but he pulls it off with both charisma and restraint, acting exactly how you'd expect a ten thousand year old god to act in the modern age. And the guy is just menacing to look at. He has a magnetic, commanding presence, and suitably so, being the most powerful villain ever put to screen. Evan Peters kills it as Quicksilver yet again and is given more screen time, plus another show-stealing scene for the fans of his DoFP debut. It's a large cast but it never feels unbalanced. The characters that need to shine do indeed shine, and even the background characters have their rightful place in the movie. It wasn't cluttered like it could have been. Rather, some of the best scenes in the movie are quiet character building moments.

This was officially the last straw for me in regards to the credibility of critic scores. Just because it's not as good as Civil War doesn't make it a bad movie, and their criticisms of "a cliché villain" and "underwritten characters" are asinine and nitpicky. We needed a villain like this. Galactus was the closest we got to an apocalyptic villain but he was raped, mutilated, and morphed into a fart cloud in The Silver Surfer. It's about damn time we get a guy literally called Apocalypse to bring the world down to its knees. The characters are "underwritten" only in the sense that they don't spend twenty minutes going through each of their backstories and that's because they didn't have to. The movie captures their unique personalities and quirks within five minutes of them being on screen.

X-Men: Apocalypse isn't a perfect movie but it's the epitome of a great summer blockbuster. The visuals are stunning, the chaos is immense, the humor is well placed, the pacing is spot on, the music is great (Metallica and Beethoven anyone?), and the entire film builds up to an explosive climax that delivers everything you'd want in an X-Men movie of this magnitude. If you're a fan of superhero movies, do yourself a favor and take the critic scores with a grain of sand. This is a must-watch.


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