X-Men: Apocalypse

Out Now On-Demand

Only the strong will survive.

Filmmaker Bryan Singer follows up his X-Men, X-Men 2 and Days of Future Past (as well as Matthew Vaughn’s First Class) with this all-encompassing entry to the Marvel mutant superhero franchise.

Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible - worshipped as a god. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world and recruits a team of mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), 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 (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind.

Bryan Singer follows Matthew Vaughn’s excellent First Class and his own superb Days of Future Past with the disappointing Apocalypse. It’s not a bewildering Batman V Superman kind of disappointment. It’s the kind that’s felt when a sequel sidelines every great thing the franchise has built towards in favour of a dull and dour plot surrounding a bad guy who looks like he should be chasing the Power Rangers.

It’s also disappointing because there’s good stuff in Apocalypse. The opening sequence in ancient Egypt is well choreographed and shockingly brutal, Quicksilver gets an even better movie-stealing moment, and I couldn’t be happier with the scene that lets a particular animal out of its cage.

However, the film loses a lot more. The tent-pole relationship between Xavier and Magneto is nearly non-existent, taking with it the themes of discrimination and segregation that have powered the best X-Men films. These staple ideas are touched upon with the introduction of the new Cyclops (Tye Sheridan, Mud), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee, Slow West), but the film seems more interested in chucking the trio in the thick of it with hardly any training.

An unrecognisable Oscar Issac gets a heap of screen time as Apocalypse, a one-note mega-mutant with a God complex and a Hitler incentive to cleanse the world of everyone. He also recruits his four mutant horsemen – Storm, Psylocke, Angel, and Magneto – but their collective motivation to help this guy purge the world is flaky at best. When the end of days approaches, it feels more exhausting than horrifying.

But if you’re just in it to see mutants scrap it out, Dragon Ball Z-style, you’ll probably leave satisfied. That won’t stop Deadpool 2 from drawing stuff on this film’s forehead.

Total Film (UK)


The biggest X-Men movie yet doesn’t scrimp on carnage, but lacks the heft of Singer’s previous instalments.

Guardian (UK)


Certainly provides bangs for your buck, although there is less space for the surreal strangeness of the X-Men to breathe, less dialogue interest, and they do not have the looser, wittier joy of the Avengers...

Telegraph (UK)


Better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but not by an awful lot...

Variety (USA)


Although the X-Men ensembles are usually large, there are simply too many characters for the action-heavy “Apocalypse” to properly juggle.

Empire (UK)


Messier and heavier than Days Of Future Past, this is not so much the next step in the X-Men’s evolution as a failed callback to past glories.

Time Out New York


There are no memorable action scenes... And the script is just nonsense...

Hollywood Reporter


Despite the undeniable presence of a huge amount of action, X-Men: Apocalypse is decidedly a case of more is less...

FilmInk (Australia)


A blockbuster with heart, soul, and brains.

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)


It lacks the swagger and ingenuity of Deadpool, or the gravitas and allegory potential of Captain America: Civil War, or even the last two X-outings.


With plenty of action and a cliched plot, it diverts from the overall theme and disconnects its characters.


Probably the worst of Singer's X Men attempts, like in the case of Civil War, feels like the bridge between the last films and the next. Great introduction of Sophie Turner's Jean Grey and another brilliant Quicksilver scene made up for a story that is building but didn't go too far in this edition. Still worth a watch.

Great closing of the trilogy

I enjoyed this film, I wish I could give it another half star because I feel it should sit around 7/10. It had amazing action sequences and the direction was good for the most part. The villain was good and I was a little worried going in but Isaac who is fast becoming a big time movie star did a good job portraying this god like figure.The ending I was a little let down by and I did feel that Katniss phoned it in a bit. Can't wait for more X-Men in the future.

Its ONLY the Begining

Bloody Awesome X Men movie - I would say the best one so Far of the Old & New. Very Enjoyable from Beginning to End - Would go see again!!

Good loud smashy fun.

While not as spot on as X-Men: Days Of Future Past, X-Men:Apocalypse is first rate popcorn. If you're not familiar with the comics a whole raft of elements become irrelevant. Just enjoy the good acting and the good punch ups.

For my money, they didn't make much use of the formidable acting prowess of Jennifer Lawrence, but that's what you get with ensemble casts. Each actor has to take the back seat and let each other shine in turn. Maybe it was the quality of the theatre I was in but Oscar Isaac's Apocalypse looked more grey-green than blue. As a long time collector of X titles, I found that distracting.

This film does an excellent job of handing the torch to a new generation of actors to carry the X-Men franchise on. Sophie Turner made an outstanding Jean Grey and Evan Peters was a joy as Pietro Maximoff (so VERY looking forward to the Maximoff twins being reunited when Fox gets off it's high horse and allows the Marvel Movie universes to unite!). Kodi Smit-McPhee brings a humours turn to a nervous twitchy Nightcrawler. Other new faces give us much to look forward to.

The established cast all contributed to the high standard humour and drama as they have taught us to expect of them.

I missed the space ship. Marvel has a long history of giving us alien visitations to provide awesome tech and plot devices. For one horrible moment I thought they were going to give go back to that awful Phoenix as a split personality disaster that seriously marred the first trilogy. Fortunately the door has been left open to an alien Phoenix. WHEW! There are such rich plots to mine from the comics. I'd hate to see them chucked away.

All in all. I'm a happy camper.

X-Men: Apocalypse

I'm not with the critics this time. X-Men: Apocalypse is a damn good movie. Not as good as Days of Future Past or the first two X-Men movies, but very entertaining. Nightcrawler was cool. Quicksilver has another amazing sequence. There's also a great cameo (not Stan Lee, another mutant).

Apocalypse isn't terrible, but he didn't leave much of an impression on me. Unrecognizable covered in makeup, Oscar Isaac doesn't get to show off his acting abilities. Jennifer Lawrence phones it in. I think she's really lost her MYSTIQUE. Other than that, If you love the X-Men movies, definitely watch this one. Grade: B+




great movie,

while it adds nothing to the xmen universe, xmen fans will love the movie,ps wait for the end credits to finish, what you see links into the new wolverine to be released early in 2017 :)





I had high hopes for X-Men Apocalypse having enjoyed the previous two instalments, but I found the thing a bit too meh. JLaw was underwhelming she was just playing Katniss without the bow. The real standouts are the supporting cast Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn which surprised me with such strong leads. Movie was way to long at 2 hours 24 minutes an overall left me feeling disinterested in the future of the franchise.

Apocalypse's most impressive superpower is to dress up his horsemen in cool metallic costumes.

Continuing from a rejuvenated franchise,thanks to Days of Future Past, X-Men Apocalypse enters the fray as the latest installment of the X-Men. However in a year filled with Superhero movies, can Bryan Singer fight the so called Superhero fatigue and deliver another refreshing take on the X-Men?

The X-Men has a new foe as En Sabah Nur or Apocalypse wakes from his slumber. Upon finding out what the world has become, he vows to cleanse the world, eliminating both mutants and humans alike.

For a movie with an extremely dangerous super villain, X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t forget to be fun. It’s a very long film with a very serious plot but there’s good humor here and it’s a pleasant surprise to say the least. One of the best things in the previous movie is the introduction of Peter Maximoff. His ‘Time in a Bottle’ scene was incredibly creative and it was the most memorable scene in Days of Future Past. X-Men Apocalypse does something similar and in a much larger scale this time with an 80s song, and even though it feels forced maybe even repetitive, it was still pretty fun.

Another good aspect of the movie were the special effects, granted some of the costumes were a miss but the big effects and several action sequences were impressive. Speaking of impressive, the new additions such as Nightcrawler, a young Cylclops and a young Jean Grey were good. Not quite as good as their older version seen from the first three movies but they managed to hold their own.

A big let down was Apocalypse and his Four Horsemen. Apart from Magneto, Apocalypse and his crew aren’t all that exciting. Their presence was underwhelming and as powerful as Apocalypse was, his most impressive superpower is to dress up his horsemen in cool metallic costumes.

Oscar Isaac, who’s a great actor, was over the top and he did not resonate well on screen. His motivations were very similar to Ultron’s from the Avengers but at least Ultron was fun, Apocalypse not so much. The movie’s pacing was also a problem, the first act moved slowly spoon feeding as much information to the audience when they shouldn’t specially with six or seven movies in to the franchise.

With X-Men: Apocalypse smacked right down in the middle of superhero movie season, it did suffer from superhero fatigue specially with an uninspired acting from Jennifer Lawrence, it did not do the movie any favors. However with impressive visual effects accompanied by charming humor and to see a younger version of the X-Men work together as a cohesive unit was great and it’s enough to make the movie watchable.

Curse of the third...

Apocalypse proves it cannot live up to the strength of the story and direction of the first two.

I cannot fault the acting of the two male leads McAvoy and Fassbender, who continue to engage. Kodi Smit-McPhee also proves to be a highlight as Nightcrawler, and made me think back to Alan Cummings excellent portrayal in X2.

However once again in a superhero movie, this one suffered from thinly fleshed out villains. I'm an Oscar Isaac fan but not even he could save the mess that is Apocalypse and his plans, not to mention three very weakly written characters in his horsemen (save Magneto).

I loved First Class and Days of Future Past, but there was none of the fun or good story to be seen here. Not even Quicksilver could raise the bar much as was previously done.