X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (2016)

Bryan Singer directed this film from a screenplay by Simon Kinberg based on the X-MEN comic book series by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. I found the picture to be engrossing and well done and as the ninth installment in the X-MEN franchise is one of the best films in the series. Taking place in 1983 it details the awakening of the ancient mutant En Sabah Nur and his plans to cleanse the human race and take over the world, thus prompting the X-Men to battle against him and his band of renegade mutants. Yes, this picture is loaded down with CGI (computer graphics imagery) effects but has an coherent story to tell and does so with a cast of excellent actors. The large ensemble cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Oscar Isaac (unrecognizable as En Sabah Nur), Nicholas Hoult, Rose Bryne, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner (from GAME OF THRONES and particularly good), Olivia Munn, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Lucas Till among others. As a rather long film it is worth the time to watch with an obvious set-up for the next installment.


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