Blu-ray Review: X-Men: Apocalypse
By John Corrado
★★½ (out of 4)
When an ancient and powerful mutant named Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) is awoken after thousands of years and becomes hellbent on wiping out humanity, it’s up to Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), as well as a team of young mutants including Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) to stop him.
The third in the prequel trilogy following First Class and Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t reach the heights of its better predecessors, serving as a by the numbers introduction to a new younger cast of characters. The film also runs long and often unwieldily at well over two hours, with a somewhat confusing timeline that jumps ahead to the 1980s and doesn’t really add up with the rest of the series.
But with a good cast and some decent set-pieces, X-Men: Apocalypse is still a fairly entertaining entry into this franchise that is often enjoyable on a scene by scene basis. It’s elevated by solid performances from James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as Magneto, who remains an interestingly conflicted character even if his storyline here feels largely recycled from the previous films. The storytelling is a bit messy and all over the place as a whole, but there are still enough fun moments here for superhero fans to enjoy. A visually stunning sequence where Quicksilver (Evan Peters) runs through a live explosion, set to “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” no less, springs to mind as the main standout of the film.
The Blu-ray also includes commentary by director Bryan Singer and writer Simon Kinberg, deleted and extended scenes with optional filmmaker introductions, a gag reel, video from the wrap party and a series of featurettes on the production.
X-Men: Apocalypse is a 20th Century Fox release. It’s 144 minutes and rated PG.