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X-Men Apocalypse: Little substance behind trickery

By Damon Smith

Published 04/11/2016

Jennifer Lawrence and Evan Peters in X-Men: Apocalypse
Jennifer Lawrence and Evan Peters in X-Men: Apocalypse

Ten years have passed since the cataclysmic events of X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The very first mutant, En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), reawakens after thousands of years of inactivity. He is disgusted by the pitiful state of mankind and resolves to create a new world order with the help of his four devoted horsemen of the apocalypse: Angel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) vow to protect mankind and they assemble a team of young X-Men to avert armageddon including Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Havok (Lucas Till) and his younger brother Cyclops (Tye Sheridan).

X-Men: Apocalypse doesn't settle long enough on one narrative thread to generate dramatic momentum or suspense. Director Bryan Singer blitzkriegs the screen with eye-popping digital trickery, guaranteeing a relentless assault on the eyes.

Two stars

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