Film Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

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X-Men: Apocalypse,

12A, 144mins
Festival Film Rating: 4/5
by Charlene Robinsonx men

Starting off with a back story set in Egypt, this latest X-Men installment builds up the idea that Apocalypse – a God like bad guy – is the first ever mutant and he needs to destroy the world in order to rebuild in his own image.

Fast forward to the 1980’s, 10 years after the events in Days of Future Past, the main characters have carried on without being hardly noticed in society, Professor Xavier has set up his school for the gifted, Magneto has a new life and family while Raven/Mystique has been keeping a low non- blue profile but not for much longer…

We get to see the origins of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nightwing and Storm plus a very cool revisit to Quicksilver’s slowed down, music filled sequences. Together they set out to fight and defeat their new nemesis in a destructive and violent fashion.

With a near 150 minutes running time it gets close to evoking the bright-coloured, far-fetched nature that comic book lovers have delved into previously, a nice nod to the cartoons as well and footage from X-Men First Class brings it full circle. A solid plot, a story that makes sense and concludes nicely.

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