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X-Men: Apocalypse

A supervillain by the name of Apocalypse, an ancient and powerful mutant whose roots trace back to old Egypt, wants to take over the world. Awakening after a thousand of years, he recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a dejected Magneto, to cleanse mankind, creating a new world order. Professor X and Raven, along with a team of young X-Men, must stop mankind from being completely destroyed by Apocalypse.

Language: English
Subtitle: Chinese
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 19 May 2016
Genre: Action / Adventure
Running Time: 2 Hours 24 Minutes
Distributor: 20TH CENTURY FOX
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy
Director: Bryan Singer
Format: 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D, 2D ATMOS, 3D ATMOS, 2D D-BOX

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Writer: Cinnamon Lion

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Watch this if you liked: “X-Men: First Class”, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

The Good, the Bad and the Apocalyptic End:

Looking at the runtime (which to be fair, is pretty standard for blockbuster movies nowadays), one would be wary of the movie feeling draggy and being overlong. But that thought will soon be dismissed from the moment the movie opens and introduces the young Cyclops.

Action-packed and emotionally charged, before you know it, the movie's ended and you're left wanting more. Some would argue that the movie has too many characters to focus on, which isn't wrong - some of them do get relatively disappointing amount of screentime, especially Ben Hardy's Angel and even the much hyped Olivia Munn's Psylocke, Lana Condor's Jubilee doesn't even get to show off her superpowers or real character in any way.

But in a way, it does make the story more interesting. Instead of seeing things from a few (or one) select perspectives, here we can see how each of the X-Men comes to term with their powers. The new younger cast members: Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), make their perfect debut as X-Men. Of course, the returning cast members play their role to a tee and there's a reason why they're playing their recurring roles.

Much like how it was in "Days of Future Past", Quicksilver's presence lightens the mood of what would've been a sombre movie. Here he gets to shine more than in his last appearance and, of course, you know the cue when he's about to go all heroic as his somewhat laughter-inducing choice of music (it is rather a contrast to the situation) fills up the air right before bullet time kicks in and everything slows down - his way of seeing things when all everyone else would see are blurs whizzing by in seconds.

The "X-Men" movies may have their bullet time down pat but this doesn't mean their CGI is perfect. It is easy to spot scenes with very false-looking images, one destruction scene particularly would make audiences wonder why the editors even bother making it longer than it should be, as it only highlights the fact that the CGI was poorly crafted.
Apocalypse makes for a very interesting villain, though it's somewhat of a let-down that his evilness doesn't particularly make him stand out among other big screen villains, making him quite forgettable for someone so powerful.

The costumes this time around may be a bit more satisfactory than previous movies, especially the much-lauded Psylocke outfit. While we still don't get to see the superheroes donning costumes like their comic book counterparts, there's at least a reasonable explanation for the X-Men's black suit.

Cameos are, of course, to be expected in the movie. Not just by Stan Lee in a more silent appearance, but also Wolverine (what's an "X-Men" movie without this guy) in a rage-filled cameo.

The movie has now completed the trilogy that began with 2011's "X-Men: First Class", though it may leave some wanting more as the ending, or at least the final fight sequence, could be unsatisfactory for some. Still, it is an enjoyable movie and as is the norm, never leave the cinema as the credits roll, there is always a post-credits scene.

Look Out For:

• Stan Lee, of course.

Trivia:

• The movie was supposed to be called "Age of Apocalypse" like the comic book, but was later changed to avoid similarities with "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron".

• The first live-action movie to feature the Summers brothers, Scott/Cyclops and Alex/Havoc together.

• James McAvoy shaved his head to play Professor Xavier.

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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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