Bryan Singer returns to direct his fourth installment of the X-Men series and really delivers a blockbuster. Apocalypse has been as god since the dawn of civilization but following an accident he falls into a coma. However, once awakened he is disillusioned with how the world has turned out.
Apocalypse has virtually unmatched mutant abilities and sets out to cleanse mankind and create a new world order. He recruits four powerful mutants to aid him in his cause, including a disheartened Magneto. All our other favourites return and must combine together in order to help save humanity.
Once again Fassbender and McAvoy give huge, powerhouse performances as Magneto and Xavier, really carrying the film. Isaac provides us with an outstanding showing, giving us our strongest ‘villain’ of the X-Men series. Following up from the Force Awakens, Isaac shows immense presence as Apocalypse, giving a truly believable performance.
The main problem is that we don’t really care if half the characters don’t make it. I won’t spoil it, but even when we do lose someone, it’s just a matter of ‘oh well’, rather than a real sense of loss. There are also some odd scenes that just don’t seem to fit (the Wolverine cameo for example).
Once again, Peter Evans delivers a stand-out performance as Quicksilver and without doubt one of the best action sequences of the entire series. There are a few scenes that are a little heavy on the CGI, but even so, this is a great action film.
All things considered this is probably not as good as some of the earlier movies, but it’s still great, well worth watching.