X-Men: Apocalypse

Accompanied by his mutant friends and Moira, Charles Xavier is about to use Cerebro to discover what happens.

Most audience will just move when a movie is over. Don’t do that on X-Men: Apocalypse because there’s short scene related to research on Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) whose role and appearance is quite minor in this work. So, please stay on your seat though En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac) defeated and Charles Xavier’s school has been rebuilt by Erik (Michael Fassbender) and Jean (Sophie Turner).

X-Men: Apocalypse is different from another series on X-Men. Using the classic 1980s as the time referrence, X-Men: Apocalypse takes classic enemy, too. It is En Sabah Nur who is regarded as the first mutant ever existed on Earth. According to Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), Sabah had inspired notable figures in the history of religion and faith of mankind though he was buried for thousand years. Having his faithful followers worship him, Sabah finally regains his power and launches his ultimate mission: restoring order in this world under his command by eliminating fake gods – which is governments – and crushing fake weapons – which is machine weapons. But, the first things he should do is finding four mutants as his faithful and powerful followers, and granting them more power in order to make his mission successful.

At the same time, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) has just recovered from the failed mission of the X-Men. Having teenage mutants as most of his comrades, Charles must struggle with the fact that most of his mutant partners are quite immature in terms of mental and physical capacity. It is only Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Hank (Nicholas Hoult) who are quite strong and have just discovered their true power, while Scot Summers (Tye Sheridan), Jean and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) are quite immature to fight against Sabah and his gang. They need to work hand-in-hand to defeat Sabah who has been supported by Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Angel (Ben Hardy) and also Erik the Magneto who has just lost his loving daughter and wife. Erik the Magneto doesn’t realize that he has his biological son joining Charles’ side, i.e. Peter Maximoff (Evan Peters).

For a movie which mostly relies on visual effects to gain its desired outcomes, X-Men: Apocalypse is quite interesting to see. It is far from boring since it has moderate pace regardless of its 1980s look. The characterization of each role is also natural and the way the movie and characters presented is following logical plot. The presence of Wolverine, for example, is limited only when Raven, Hank, Moira and Peter Maximoff imprisoned by Stryker (Josh Helman). But, from that short appearance, audience will understand the beginning of emotional relationship between Jean and Wolverine. Though X-Men: Apocalypse is sort of action movie, audience will be emotionally evoked by tragic death of Magneto’s daughter and wife in Poland. Thanks to friendly response performed by Charles, Erik finally manages to escape from the eternal grief. X-Men: Apocalypse has successfully combined variables required to manifest worth seeing movie. And, if you love the work of Ludwig van Beethoven, then you’ll have one of the maestro’s works – i.e. Symphony No. 7 in A Major op. 92, 2nd movement – heard in this movie.


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