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X-Men: Apocalypse

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X-Men: Apocalypse
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Genre: Superhero
Directed By: Bryan Singer
Produced By: Simon Kinberg
Bryan Singer
Hutch Parker
Lauren Shuler Donner
Written By: Simon Kinberg
Bryan Singer
Michael Dougherty
Dan Harris
Based On: X-Men
by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Apocalypse
by Louise Simonson
Jackson Guice
Starring: James McAvoy
Michael Fassbender
Jennifer Lawrence
Oscar Isaac
Nicholas Hoult
Rose Byrne
Tye Sheridan
Sophie Turner
Olivia Munn
Lucas Till
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: May 9, 2016 (London)
May 27, 2016 (United States)
Runtime: 144 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $178 million
Box Office: $543.9 million
Prequel: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Sequel: Dark Phoenix


X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 American superhero film directed and produced by Bryan Singer and written by Simon Kinberg from a story by Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris. The film is based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics. It is the sixth mainline installment in the X-Men film series and the ninth installment overall. It is the sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, and Lucas Till.

The film was announced by Singer in December 2013, with Kinberg, Dougherty, and Harris attached to develop the story. Casting began in October 2014, while principal photography commenced in April 2015 in Montreal and ended in August of the same year.

X-Men: Apocalypse premiered in London on May 9, 2016, and was released in the United States on May 27, 2016 in 3D and 2D, and in IMAX 3D in select international markets. A sequel, titled Dark Phoenix, was released on June 7, 2019.

Plot

Since the dawn of existence, there has been an ancient being named En Sabah Nur who is believed by many to be the world's very first mutant. Awakened in 1983 after thousands of years in a deep slumber, he plans to rule the world and wipe out mankind with help from four new recruits (Storm, Psylocke, Angel, and Magneto). With the fate of the world in uncertainty, Professor Xavier along with Raven, Hank, and old ally Moira McTaggert, must lead a new generation of X-Men to fight the deadliest enemy they've ever faced.

Bad Qualities

  1. The main flaw is that Apocalypse, the titular villain 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.
  2. The plot is weak and overstuffed and moves at a dreadful pace, with WAY too much exposition and unnaturally stiff dialogue.
    • It takes around 1 hour and 11 minutes for the payoff action to happen.
  3. It seemingly lacks the main character (Wolverine) with there not being too many subplots happening, but too many characters being focused on. This movie doesn't know if it wants to focus on Xavier, Magneto, Mystique, Apocalypse, Beast, Jean Grey, or Cyclops.
  4. Poor acting from actors like Jennifer Lawrence, who was flanderized with an incredibly phoned-in dialogue.
  5. Inconsistent CGI effects and unconvincing sets.
  6. Several pointless deaths. For example, Havoc dies in the movie from an X-Mansion explosion, yet his death isn't impactful and even Angel from an X-Jet explosion.
  7. 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).
    • The scene with the Return of the Jedi reference really only exists to mock X-Men: The Last Stand, with the line "At least we can all agree the third one is the worst," yet this movie repeated some of the problems that were in The Last Stand, like the poor development of Jean Grey.
  8. Stryker doesn't do much except delay the plot with a pointless plot thread for 20 minutes, that involves the old and new X-Men getting captured and then Wolverine being released from his cell to fix everything.
  9. 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 Qualities

  1. Good soundtrack.
  2. Some memorable moments, like the scene where Quicksilver saves everyone on the Charles Xavier institute from a big explosion which became a meme. Speaking of which, Quicksilver is still a show stealer, and Evan Peters' performance as him is still amazing, as always.
  3. Decent fight scenes.
  4. Great themes despite the overstuffed plot.
  5. While not faithful to the original costumes from the comics, the costumes look awesome.
  6. Wolverine has a very good cameo.

Reception

Critical Response

Reviews were mostly mixed, with many criticizing the film's unoriginal plot and overuse of CGI.

On review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, X-Men: Apocalypse holds an approval rating of 47% based on 334 reviews, with an average rating of 5.64/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Overloaded action and a clichéd villain take the focus away from otherwise strong performers and resonant themes, making X-Men: Apocalypse a middling chapter of the venerable superhero franchise." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 52 out of 100, based on 48 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an overall positive score of 81% and a "definite recommend" of 62%.

Box Office

X-Men: Apocalypse grossed $155.4 million in the U.S. and Canada and $388.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $543.9 million against a budget of $178 million. The film is the fourth-highest-grossing film in the X-Men series (without adjusting for inflation), behind Deadpool, Logan, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. It made 27% less than Days of Future Past.

X-Men: Apocalypse opened in the United States on May 27, 2016 alongside Alice Through the Looking Glass and was projected to gross around $80 million from 4,150 theaters in its opening weekend, and up to $100 million over the four day Memorial Day weekend. It made $8.2 million from Thursday previews at 3,565 theaters (better than its predecessor at $8.1 million). On its opening day, it earned $26.4 million (including previews), the fourth-lowest opening day amount of the franchise. In its opening weekend, it grossed $65.8 million. Over the four-day Memorial weekend, it earned $79.8 million, including $9 million from 480 premium large format screens and $19 million from RealD screens. In its second weekend, the film grossed $22.3 million (a drop of 66.1%), finishing second at the box office behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

Elsewhere, X-Men: Apocalypse was released one week before the United States in 76 markets and grossed $101.5 million from 20,796 screens over the May 18 weekend. It debuted at no. 1 in 71 of those markets, with IMAX contributing $5 million from 246 screens in 57 markets, while RealD took in $18.4 million. It broke opening records for Fox in the Philippines ($4.9 million), India ($3.4 million), Indonesia ($3.1 million), Singapore ($2.8 million), Thailand ($2.7 million), and Colombia ($1.9 million), and had the biggest opening in the X-Men franchise in 33 markets, including Russia ($6.5 million). Its top openings were the United Kingdom ($10.5 million), Mexico ($8.6 million), Brazil ($6.6 million), Russia ($6.5 million), and France ($5.9 million). It opened in China on June 3 and brought in $59 million, the second-largest Fox opening in China and $20 million more than Days of Future Past. It opened next in Japan on August 11.

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