X-Men: Apocalypse: "Together We Will Cleanse The Earth For The Stongest"

Director: Bryan Singer
Writer:     Simon Kinberg
Starring: James McAvoy
                Michael Fassbender
                Jennifer Lawrence
                Oscar Isaac
                Nicholas Hoult
                Rose Byrne
                Tye Sheridan
                Sophie Turner
                Alexandra Shipp
                Evan Peters
                Olivia Munn
                Kodi Smit-McPhee
                Ben Hardy
                Lucas Till
                Hugh Jackman
Rating:    ****

Release Date:
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The X-Men film series was once my favourite superhero franchise, and while it still provides an entetaining couple of hours for film goers, the new crop of mutants is lacking any chemistry and just doesn't have the same spark of mutants past. 

Sophie Turner, Kodi Smit-McPhee
& Tye Sheridan
With the rise of a new enemy, Apocalypse (Isaac), Professor X (McAvoy) must enlist the help from his strongest and most trusted friends and students to fight for justice. This allows for the introduction to the younger versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops and Nightcrawler (Turner, Sheridan & Smit-McPhee), as well as the return of Mystique, Magneto, Beast and Quicksilver (Lawrence, Fassbender, Hoult & Peters). Also along for the battle is CIA agent, and Provessor X's love interest, Moira MacTaggert (Byrne).

Of course Apocalypse has a plan, and that plan involves him joining together the strongest mutants he can find to become his four horsemen, including a younger Storm (Shipp), a slightly darker version of Angel (Hardy) and the kick ass Psylocke (Munn). As always, tempted by the bad side, due to a tragedy in his life, Magneto soon joins the horsemen; and the battle for good intensifies ready for the final climactic battle.

Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult,
Lucas Till & Jennifer Lawrence
Of the new X-Men films, the only one i really enjoyed was the last one (Days of Future Past) and I think that is down to the use of the original cast. I just find the likes of Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Ellen Page and of course Hugh Jackman far more engaging than then the newer cast. Especially the even newer stars like Sophie Turner and Tye Sheirdan who lacked chemistry and just didnt have the same spark as Famke Janssen and James Marsden. They're not bad at playing the parts, and they put their all in to every part of the movie, I am just too attached to, and familar with the X-Men 1.0.

The only cast member that I can categorically say is an absolute stand out is Evan Peters as Quicksilver. He brings comedy, action and a superb performance. It all seems to come effortlessly too him, and each scene that he appears in is guarenteed to be an entertaining one.

Evan Peters
The film itself is a very entertaining one with a witty and engaging script that is fast paced and action packed. The story flows nicely, and it's full of everything from highly emotional scenes, intense battle scenes and moments of pure comic relief; there is something for everyone. The direction by Bryan Singer is near perfect. He knows what he is doing with these films and that clearly shows. This particularly shows in Quicksilver's action scenes; they are shot beautifully, they're wickedly exciting and super entertaining. 

My issue with this film is mainly a personal one, but the film itself is brilliant; it is engaging, adrenaline pumping, and eeverything an X-Men film should be; it just lacks the original casts sparkle. All in all, X-Men: Apocalypse is a must see.

X-Men: Apocalypse - Trailer