Movie Reviews: X-Men: Apocalypse - the blockbuster film in 2016

Fox's blockbuster film - "X-Men: Apocalypse" has just launched and as one of the hot superhero movies this year.

After the resounding success of X-Men: Days of Future Past in last year and Deadpool in earlier this year, it seems that Fox has found the right direction for their "darling". X-Men: Apocalypse was born and has become one of the blockbusters film of 2016.

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Blockbuster film - X-Men: Apocalypse

You need to know that X-Men: Apocalypse (the third film in the X-Men: First Class reboot series), pits the super-powered heroes against a mighty foe who's bent on nothing less than laying waste to the whole world. Expect plenty of superhero-style action violence; aside from one sequence with some disturbing slashing, it's not particularly gory, but it does involve lots of combat, destruction, and weapons. There's also some swearing (mostly "piss," "damn," etc., but there's one use of "f--k"), a couple of scantily clad characters, and a few intense scenes centering around one character's loss of his family. Most of the popular X-Men from the prior movies are back, and there are a few new ones, too; overall, they're a pretty diverse bunch, with several strong women. And in the end, the story showcases the value of teamwork.

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Actors in the X - Men: Apocalypse 

What's is the story? It's the 1980s, and the mutants have scattered around the globe. Professor X (James McAvoy) now runs a school for kids gifted with superpowers, Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is living a quiet life as Erik Lehnsherr, a factory worker with a wife and young daughter, and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) is keeping to herself. But then a 6000-year-old super-mutant, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), is awakened from his deep slumber, ready to wreak havoc everywhere aided by his crew of evil mutants (Alexandra Shipp, Ben Hardy, and Olivia Munn). With stakes so high, it's hard for the team not to reunite, especially since Magneto is deeply troubled and has been lured to the dark side because of a deep loss. Will the X-Men prevail?

This adventure has the requisite gang's-all-here clash and bang of a Marvel superhero movie that's sure to enthrall franchise fans, but there's more to it: It has depth. Instead of just jumping from one mishap to the next, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE takes some care unveiling its storyline, which touches on fairly intense themes.

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Scene in X-men-Apocalypse Film

Although we once again find Magneto teetering on the line between good and evil, the cast's game-on performances elevate the film from mere special-effects showcase. (And to be clear, those effects are astounding, right from the get-go with an impressive opening sequence.) At times, Apocalypse feels a bit overcrowded, as is the case with most ensemble action films, but for the most part, most of the franchise's big characters -- even Wolverine -- gets his or her moment in the sun. 

Although there are some clearly evil characters, Professor X believes in the good in people and feels that extra talents can be controlled so they won't wreak havoc. Mystique is loyal to her friends, even when they seem not to be her friends anymore. Some strong, powerful female characters and a somewhat diverse cast.

X - Men: Apocalypse with lots of conflict and disagreement, but in the end it boils down to: United you stand, but divided you crumble. Friendship, support, unity, and hope can save the day. Also: Don't fear what's different, and embrace who you are.

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