Fanboys can rejoice — X-Men: Apocalypse has finally been released and it will make an excellent addition to your superhero movies library. X-Men: Apocalypse is the third installment of the rebooted X-Men series. In this third film, humans continue to hate and fear mutants. Mutants are divided over this issue. One side, led by Apocalypse, believes mutants are superior and deserve to rule over all humans. The other side, led by Professor Xavier, believes mutants and humans can co-exist peacefully together. BTW, Stan Lee, the creator of Mavel Comics, makes another cameo. There’s also an extra scene at the end of the credits (fast forward to the very end). X-Men: Apocalypse is available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD. Note: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the movie for review on my blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
Apocalypse Wants to Take Over the World
The story starts off in ancient Egypt. Apocalypse, possibly the first mutant, is buried alive while he was in the process of switching bodies with a young Egyptian. The story then flashes forward to present time. Apocalypse’s tomb is discovered and he awakens to a strange new world. Even though he’s been asleep for thousands of years, Apocalypse continues his quest to rule the world. Apocalypse recruits four mutants (Storm, Psylocke, Angel and Magneto) to be his Horsemen. Apocalypse is powerful and has god-like powers. And with the Four Horsemen at his side, Apocalypse is on the verge of controlling all humans and mutants on Earth. The only ones that seem to have a chance of stopping Apocalypse are Professor X and his X-Men.
Same Old Theme
Like most superhero movies, I enjoyed X-Men: Apocalypse. Personally, I thought the fear and hatred of mutants theme is getting a little stale. I know this isn’t really the fault of the movie. It’s just a common theme in the X-Men comic books universe. But still, it would’ve been nice if the writers came up with a different angle. And why do humans seem to fear people with powers in the X-Men universe while metas are worshipped as superheroes in the rest of the Marvel universe?
What’s the Deal with Wolverine?
Wolverine makes an appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse. I’m actually puzzled with his role in the film. At the end of the last movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine appears to have been rescued by Mystique (disguised as Stryker). But in X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine is a prisoner of Colonel Stryker. No explanation was given. Maybe the secret will be revealed in the third Wolverine movie. I think the next film will be the last one with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
X-Men: Apocalypse Blu-ray Special Features
The combo pack includes the 144-minute movie on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD. In addition, it includes the following special features:
- Deleted/Extended Scenes with Optional Introductions by Bryan Singer
- Gag Reel
- Wrap Party Video
- Hour long documentary, X-Men: Apocalypse Unearthed
- Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg
- Concept Art and Photo Gallery
Quicksilver is Back with More Funny Business
X-Men: Apocalypse is a serious drama with superheroes, but Quicksilver (played by Evan Peters) adds a little humor to the movie. Other cast members include James McAvoy (Professor Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven / Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy / Beast), Oscar Isaac (En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse), Rose Byrne (Moira Mactaggert), Josh Helman (Col. William Stryker), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Scott Summers / Cyclops), Lucas Till (Alex Summers / Havok), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler), Ben Hardy (Angel), Alexandra Shipp (Ororo Munroe / Storm), Lana Condor (Jubilee), and Olivia Munn (Psylocke). X-Men: Apocalypse was directed by Bryan Singer.
X-Men: Apocalypse Synopsis
Oscar Winner Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy lead a powerhouse cast in director Bryan Singer’s extraordinary follow-up to X-Men: Days of Future Past. After thousands of years, Apocalypse — the world’s first and most powerful mutant — has awakened to find a world led by humans. Intent on cleansing the Earth of mankind, he recruits a group of mutants to create a new world order. In a desperate race to save humanity, Professor X (McAvoy) leads the young X-Men in an epic showdown – against an unstoppable enemy — that will determine the fate of the world.
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