Movie Review: X-Men Apocalypse

X-Men Apocalypse Trailer

X-Men Apocalypse Summary

In 3600 B.C., the powerful mutant En Sabah Nur rules ancient Egypt until he is entombed alive. Awakening in 1983, he believes humanity has lost its way. Aiming to destroy and remake the world, he recruits Ororo Munroe and upgrades her power.

In East Berlin, shape-shifting mutant Raven discovers Kurt Wagner, a mutant who can teleport. Raven requests black marketeer Caliban to transport Kurt to America. En Sabah Nur recruits Psylocke and Angel and enhances both of their powers.

Alex Summers takes his brother Scott to Professor Charles Xavier’s educational institute, hoping that Xavier and Hank McCoy will teach him to control his mutation for shooting optic beams. Scott meets the Level 5 telepathic and telekinetic Jean Grey, and the two develop an attraction. En Sabah Nur’s powers cause disturbances around the world, leading Xavier and Alex to consult with CIA operative Moira MacTaggert, who has been researching the legend of Nur.

In Communist Poland, Erik Lehnsherr lives happily with his wife and daughter. One day he uses his powers to save a coworker during an earthquake, prompting the militia to capture him. They hold his daughter hostage in the forest in exchange for him to turn himself in. As tensions rise, the militia kill his wife and daughter. In despair, Erik kills the entire militia.

En Sabah Nur takes Erik to Auschwitz and shows him the true extent of his powers. Erik destroys the camp and joins En Sabah Nur. When Xavier contacts Erik, En Sabah Nur remotely accesses Cerebro, the device Xavier uses to locate mutants, and forces Xavier to make the global superpowers launch their entire nuclear arsenals into space to prevent interference with En Sabah Nur’s plan. He and his Four Horsemen arrive at the mansion and kidnap Xavier. Attempting to stop them, Alex causes an explosion that destroys the mansion. Peter Maximoff arrives and uses his super-speed to evacuate everyone except Alex, who dies in the explosion. Colonel William Stryker’s forces capture Hank, Raven, Peter, and Moira, and take them for interrogation. Scott, Jean, and Kurt follow covertly and liberate their comrades using Stryker’s experiment Weapon X (Wolverine), whose memories Jean partially restores.

Erik uses his powers to alter the Earth’s magnetic field, causing destruction across the planet. En Sabah Nur plans to transfer his consciousness into Xavier’s body to gain his psychic powers. Xavier sends a telepathic distress call to Jean and the others, who travel to Cairo to battle En Sabah Nur and his mutants. They rescue Xavier and flee in a plane. When Angel and Psylocke attack the plane, Nightcrawler teleports his friends away. Psylocke jumps to safety, but Angel is killed in the plane crash.

Erik and Ororo turn on En Sabah Nur and, with Scott’s help, keep him occupied physically while Xavier fights him telepathically in the astral plane. Xavier begs Jean to unleash the full strength of her abilities, and she incinerates En Sabah Nur. Psylocke escapes. Xavier and Moira rekindle their relationship. Erik and Jean help reconstruct the school, but Erik refuses Xavier’s offer to stay and help teach. Peter decides not to tell Erik yet that he is Erik’s son. Using confiscated Sentinels, Hank and Raven train the new X-Men recruits: Scott, Jean, Ororo, Kurt, and Peter.

In a post-credits scene, men in black suits visit the Weapon X facility to retrieve an X-ray and a blood sample marked “Weapon X”, on behalf of the Essex Corporation.

X-Men Apocalypse Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I enjoyed this film and as much as I love Jennifer Lawrence and Sophia Turner among all the other actors, it stung for them to replace the original cast. That being said, they did a great job but switching gears was tough even though most of the characters were the same. It is fun for families that follow X-Men. I do have an X-Men/Avenger Theory I need to write out, so stay tuned by joining the newsletter below.

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