X-MEN APOCALYPSE REVIEWED
“X-Men: Apocalypse” proves that Bryan Singer cares about continuity about as much as any Silver Age comic book creator. Well, the early ones. After Roy Thomas started, all of the nerd writers took over. Jumping forward a decade after the end of “Days of Future Past”, we get the basic new way of things. New students are arriving at Xavier’s, while Mystique is touring the globe as a mutant savior. She rescues mutants from entanglements in Europe, while a new mutant figure awakens in Egypt. This figure dubbed Apocalypse feels that the world has turned against mutantdom and he wants the fittest to survive. This results in a convoluted attempt to rebuild his Horsemen and use Cerebro to make world leaders fire all of their Nukes into Space. After all, it kinda worked in “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace”.
The rest of the film is spent trying to cap the trilogy started with First Class, work in as much setup work for future films as possible and to skirt around a new emerging continuity. The young cast is amazing and the less said about Singer’s directorial fetish gaze of Nightcrawler…the better. “Apocalypse” is easily the weakest of the prequel trilogy, as most of its major moments are aped from prior X-Men films. That being said, it’s entertaining enough to keep me engaged throughout the film and I eagerly await what is coming next. Maybe not from Singer, but the New Mutants news keeps my hopes lifted.
Touching back on the film after a 5 month period, I have to say that the First Class cast remains higher in my graces. However, why can’t the X-Movies ever stick the third act? Apocalypse is a high concept hard sell for many. While an alternate reality might’ve sold the concept far better, there was just too many contrasting concepts to gel. That being said, I’m interested to see what Singer does next. I have a hard time believing that he doesn’t have another X-film in him.
- Wrap Party Video
- Deleted/Extended Scenes
- Gag Reel
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 10/4/16
The Plot Thus Far
After the re-emergence of the world’s first mutant, world-destroyer Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.