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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

I used to like X-men comics, however, I found that the stories contain too much negative energy, hatred between men and mutants. I realize that there a lot of similarities in reality. Anyway, I still went to watch this movie.



The movie starts in ancient Egypt, where En Sabah Nur (aka Apocalypse) was revered as a god on the way to transferring to a new body. As the process started, a group of people tried to kill him by bringing down the pyramid and killing the new body before the process completed. They were partially successful in their attempt - he was protected by some of his powerful followers who died protecting him.

His revival in 1983 appears to be due to the action of Moira, who was following some worshippers of Apocalypse - she left the entrance open and allowed the sunlight into the cavern and activated the device used by En Sabah Nur and woke him up.

We are then introduced to Angel and Nightcrawler - forced to fight with each other in an underground fight club within an electrified cage but was rescued by Raven. In this movie, Angel’s wings had talon used to tear the flesh of his opponents.

Scott Summers discovered his power while attempting to seek relief from the irritation in his eyes.

Apocalypse easily recruited his four horsemen due to the suffering each of them suffered. Ororo living in poverty with other abandoned children, Psylocke working with Caliban to provide safe passage to victimized mutants, Magneto whose family was killed by the action of the people he saved, Angel who was forced to kill others to survive.

It was not all doom and gloom in the movie. The part where Quicksilver rescued the residents in the Xavier Institute was funny.

Wolverine appeared in the movie as Weapon X and looks like part of the origin story which appeared in one of the earlier movies.

The movie tried to tie back to the stories in the earlier movies, but I found it rather confusing with inconsistencies. Captain America: Civil War did a much better job. Psylocke costume is one that is closest to what is found in the comic books.

The movie contains a lot of action with some comedy mixed in. Still too much negative energy to truly enjoy.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review.

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