Brace for a mu­tant-style dooms­day fest

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X-Men: Apoca­lypse

Di­rec­tor: Bryan Singer Fea­tur­ing: Michael Fass­ben­der, Jen­nifer Lawrence For all those folks out there who are wait­ing for the end of the world, here it is, mu­tant style.

Di­rec­tor Bryan Singer con­tin­ues to ex­pand the X-Men uni­verse in X-Men: Apoca­lypse, adding pieces to the puz­zle of the ori­gins of the X-Men from the nine movies in the fran­chise (so far).

Here, you will get a good bit of back­ground on Storm (Alexan­dra Shipp), the chance to find out where Cy­clops (Tye Sheri­dan) comes from, a big­ger taste of the ex­tra­or­di­nary power of Jean Grey (So­phie Turner), and a brief en­counter with Wolver­ine (Hugh Jack­man) and his tor­men­tor, Col Wil­liam Stryker (Josh Hel­man).

In the last film, X-Men: Days of Fu­ture Past, the X-Men had to travel back in time to fix the fu­ture. This time around, the team re­unites to find and neu­tralise an an­cient mu­tant – per­haps the first mu­tant – who ruled supreme through the ages un­til he was be­trayed and trapped be­neath a tum­bled pyra­mid in Egypt. En Sabah Nur (Os­car Isaac), or Apoca­lypse for short, is awak­ened af­ter thou­sands of years. De­ter­mined to re­make the world in his im­age, he seeks out four pow­er­ful mu­tants (a lot like the Four Horse­men of the Apoca­lypse) and sets about de­stroy­ing the world. Un­sur­pris­ingly, Mag­neto (Michael Fass­ben­der) ends up be­com­ing one of the horse­men, pit­ting him­self against his old friend and neme­sis Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), who con­tin­ues to be op­ti­mistic about the world’s abil­i­ties to sur­vive and live in peace.

Jen­nifer Lawrence as Raven is at the cen­tre of this film in which the sur­vival of the hu­man and mu­tant pop­u­la­tions de­pends on their unit­ing to fight some­one so pow­er­ful he can trans­fer the pow­ers of any mu­tant to him­self.

The world has taken a real beat­ing this block­buster sea­son, with Su­per­man and Bat­man slug­ging it out and The Avengers fight­ing each other, but the X-Men just might be the win­ners when it comes to al­most com­pletely de­stroy­ing the world.

If you learn any les­son from this film, here it is: Em­brace who you are and un­leash your power for the good. For those who just like spe­cial ef­fects and ac­tion, this film won’t dis­ap­point.

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The X-Men just might be the win­ners when it comes to al­most

PRE­PARE FOR THE APOCA­LYPSE com­pletely de­stroy­ing the world

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