X-Men: Apocalypse, directed by Brian Singer, is the movie that ends the “new” trilogy of the X-Men movie, that began with X-Men: First Class (2011) and continued with X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
Although I agree with the reviews that underlined the not originality of the plot (a mad mutant who gathers some desperate/disenchanted/bad mutants, random destructions and killings and the isolation of the mutants, considered the evil of the world), the suspension of disbelief, for me, was absolute. I was scared by the length but, in the end, the 144 minutes passed away with interruptions or looking at the watch.
I don’t even try to write down the plot in detail: the super-powerful mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) gathers Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Angel (Ben Hardy) and the upset Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and, after having cut in a proper way Angel’s hair, attempts to kill all the human to erect the perfect mutants’ world. To do so, he has to increase his power absorbing Professor X’s ability but he is stopped by Jean Grey (Sophie Turner a.k.a. Sansa Stark), who unleashes her astounding power becoming the Phoenix, and by the joined action of the other mutants Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who are able to defy him because they are BFF. Remarkable is Wolverine (Hugh Jackman)’s appearance, who shows up at the perfect moment to help – accidentally – the young mutants.
My favourite (and also the silliest) moment was Quicksilver’s rescue of the young mutants during the destruction of Professor Xavier’s mansion to Eurythmics’ Sweet dreams (are made of this): just brilliant. However, all the action sequences were involving and astonishing – let’s way a flag for this movie – and they didn’t make me think about the undeniable weakness of the plot. X-Men: Apocalypse won’t induce great reflections about the Two Chief World System, but it will make you relax and have fun for sure.
Really amazing is the main title, a fast trip from the ancient Egypt to the modern time. Astonishing!