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X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men: Apocalypse
“X-MEN: APOCALYPSE” is enjoyable but not cerebral!
If you are not familiar with the X-Men series, it’ll surely help to read up before joining the ticket queue. It isn’t as well weaved as “First Class” and “Days of Future Past”, yet overall it's a gratifying movie with a fast pace and impressive action sequences. It’s more of a guilty pleasure than actual delight.
The story follows ‘Apocalypse’, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, who’s 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.
As clichéd as the plot may sound, the film isn’t at all unwatchable. In fact, it’s riveting throughout, unless ofcourse you know nothing about this mutant universe before entering the theatre. Honestly, there isn’t much of creativity gone into the making of this Bryan Singer film, and you truly miss the content driven narrative amidst the flying cities and monuments. You also miss the tension and suspense that’s usually guided all good X-Men movies in the past.
Interestingly what “X-Men: Apocalypse” does vey skilfully is that it succeeds in finding its own unique groove alongside this year's many superhero blockbusters. But that doesn’t mean it succeeds across the board. As a matter of fact, it’s the weakest film in the X-Men series in the last decade. The CGI is a little overstuffed and so is the screenplay, but both never disappoint. The performances are expectedly top-class. Despite not much to really do here, the actors shine consistently. Humour is scanty, but good.
In all, as I said before, “X-MEN APOCALYPSE” is a guilty pleasure which can be had over the two spare hours you have over this weekend. Watchable!

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