X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 American superhero film based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics. It is the ninth installment in the X-Men film series, the second film of X-Men prequel trilogy and the sequel of X-Men: First Class (with some references to the story altered by Wolverine in his time travel in X-Men: Days of Future Past).
Why It Sucks
- Apocalypse is a weak and generic villain who plans on destroying the world. He also doesn't really do much throughout the entire movie except form the Horsemen and that's pretty much it.
- The plot is weak and overstuffed and moves at a dreadful pace, with too much exposition and unnaturally stiff dialogue.
- Poor acting from actors like Jennifer Lawrence, who has incredibly phoned-in dialogue.
- Inconsistent CGI effects and unconvincing sets.
- Several pointless deaths. For example, Havoc dies in the movie yet his death isn't impactful.
- The 80s setting is only there to fill in the gaps with each movie in the continuity reboot X-Men saga taking place in a different decade. The movie also has lots of pointless and sometimes intrusive pop culture references (such as the Return of the Jedi reference in one scene).
- Stryker doesn't do much except delay the plot with a pointless plot thread involving the old and new X-Men getting captured and then Wolverine being released from his cell to fix everything.
- Magneto is another weak character who has yet another origin story and he basically fills the role of Angel from the original arc in the comics, except they forgot the part where he could be redeemed because he didn't kill anyone, yet here he kills tons of people and he is still allowed to side with the X-Men.
- Good soundtrack.
- Some memorable moments, like the scene where Quicksilver saves everyone on the Charles Xavier institute from a big explosion which became a meme.
- Decent fight scenes.
- Great themes despite the overstuffed plot.
Reviews were mostly mixed, with many criticizing the film's unoriginal plot and overuse of CGI.