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X-Men: Apocalypse
X战警: 天启灭世战

Opening Date
19 May 2016
PG13 Violence and Brief Coarse Language
145 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Action, Adventure
Bryan Singer
James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, Ben Hardy
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
By Thompson Wong  19 May 2016
One might even conclude that X-Men: Apocalypse is the grandest in scale amongst the three.
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The film runs for 2½ hours. There is an ensemble cast of A-list stars playing superheroes. And yes, some of them fight each other.

This isn't Captain America: Civil War. Nor is it Batman vs Superman. This is X-Men: Apocalypse, another heroically epic film whose title underscores its ambitions. One might even conclude that Apocalypse is the grandest in scale amongst the three.

If you aren't a diehard comic book fan, superhero fatigue can be a real issue. By now, the X-Men film series has undergone enough reboots and crossovers that might confuse the average movie-goer. It doesn't help that there are enough cinematic universes and standalone films across the board to boggle the mind.

Is this a prequel? Or a sequel? Or both? Thankfully, one of the more compelling reasons to watch X-Men: Apocalypse is that it doesn't require any knowledge of the previous films to be enjoyed. A disgustingly powerful bad guy exists, and our heroes are trying their best to stop him. That's it.

Also known as Apocalypse (five stars for originality), our main baddie is a centuries-old Egyptian mutant. He steals superpowers and stays immortal by transferring his soul from body to body via an elaborate ritual involving hieroglyphs, sunlight and lots of symmetrical gold lines. His sudden appearance wills the X-Men into action, a motley bunch still fresh from the wounds of the events from Future Past.

One of the pleasures of huge superhero ensembles is that you never know when a familiar face pops up. A brief summary: the powerful but deeply conflicted Magneto (Michael Fassbender) has run off to Poland; Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) has gone underground; Quicksilver (Evan Peters) is looking for his dad Magneto; and a group of young mutants (Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan’s Cyclops, and Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler) are trying to control their powers with the help of experienced hands Professor X (James McAvoy) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult).

All these are par for the course, but there are others that serve as a pleasant surprise when they appear (no, we won't spoil the proceedings).

Audiences are in good hands with experienced X-Men director Bryan Singer (he was in charge of the last four films), who successfully builds a coherent narrative around the personalities and plotlines that span different eras in the comics. It's not an easy task, and one that can be underappreciated, given the existing success of the Avengers franchise.

As a special effects-laden blockbuster flick, X-Men: Apocalypse is as consistent as they come. There is the occasional misstep such as underused characters (Alexandra Shipp's Storm, Olivia Munn's Psylocke), but this doesn't detract from the film's overall entertainment value. In the end, the film offers a satisfyingly enjoyable tale that might convince audiences to willingly accept more screen time from these new X-Men.

Don't forget to stay for the post-credits scene, which alludes to another standalone mutant film in the works. 
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