Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Rated: PG-13 for brief Strong Language, Action and Destruction, Sequences of Violence and Some Suggestive Images.
Runtime: 2 hr. 23 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t the rousing success that Days of Future Past but it’s a fairly enjoyable X-Men adventure. That’s not to say there aren’t issues. The most glaring of which is the general waste of talent. The cast is made up of excellent actors but none of them are really given anything substantial to do. Oscar Isaac’s turn as the titular villain is decidedly underwhelming. The character isn’t particularly interesting and his four horseman, three of which seem utterly useless, sound like a better idea than it actually is. Michael Fassbender’s Magneto is still the most interesting character in the redux series but even his story feels a tad bit tacked on and inorganic. Thankfully it’s a swift movie with it rarely muddling down or lingering too much on minutia. The action is impressive all around especially Evan Peters rescue sequence which is more elaborate and impressive than the one in the Days of Future Past. As a whole, the film has plenty to like but I can help but feel like it’s a missed opportunity.