X-Men: Apocalypse Thursday, 16 July 2020

X-Men: Apocalypse

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Frequent action violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    The earth moves for Michael Fassbender.

  • Starring:

    James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Alexandra Shipp, Hugh Jackman

  • Directed by:

    Bryan Singer

  • Running time:

    144 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, punched, kicked, thrown through the air/against walls, crushed, twisted, burned, electrocuted, threatened with a knife, elbowed, throat-grabbed, absorbed into walls/the ground, pistol-whipped, swooped by birds, decapitated, pursued, buried alive, slashed, stabbed, flipped, slapped, lassoed, arm/leg-snapped, slammed into objects. A flashback scene shows parents being shot. Explosions, burning objects/people. Mass destruction, collapsing buildings/bridges, vehicles thrown/torn apart, mass panic, property damage, debris. Major world landmarks destroyed. Missiles, rockets launched. Military personnel/aircraft/tanks/vehicles, armed men. Theft. Aircraft crash. Swastika seen; references to the Holocaust. Objects thrown, rattled, banged, burned, obliterated, smashed. Growling, roaring, screaming, yelling, arguing. Television footage of soldiers, submarines, an atomic mushroom cloud, weapons, religious and political leaders etc. Vietnam War, attacked president, killing mentioned. Blood/gore: A torso is sliced open with a knife before healing itself. Rib bones seen protruding through skin. Necks sliced; heads appear to fall off. Bloody faces, chest, shoulder, mouths, teeth, hand, knuckles, objects, clothing, feathers, walls, cuts, wounds; pooling blood, blood spatter, bleeding. Burning flesh, peeling skin, exposed sinew/veins, skeletons, slashed skull. Objects protruding from skin, objects removed from flesh. Body parts seen protruding from walls/floor. Bloodshot/red/glowing/cloudy/black eyes. Lots of dead bodies. Scars, bullet wounds, slice wounds. CPR. A bluish spirit is seen transfering between bodies. Cutting hand off mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting. Shirtless men/boys. Skimpy clothing/costumes, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Syringes/vials of blue liquid seen. Alcohol (beer, spirits). Bar setting. Smoking. Television footage is seen of Las Vegas, gambling, cash. Meds mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Mutants, the end of the world, betrayal, cage-fighting, nemeses, telepathy, mind control, ancient Egypt, teamwork, CIA operations, false gods, power, 1980s culture, disarmament, family, acceptance, death, grief, vengeance.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead wife/daughter, brother (presumed). Taken/murdered parents, earthquake mentioned. Auschwitz, underground tomb, submarine, bar settings. Horses, birds, chickens, deer, camel, bees, dog, fish, stingray. Planes, jets, helicopter. Lightning. Mutants with wings, tails, blue skin, scales etc. Toilet, spitting. German, Polish, Arabic, Hebrew, ancient Egyptian languages (subtitles). High, sweeping aerial cinematography; fast-paced camerawork/editing.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Big, propulsive, poignant, entertaining, epic, thrilling, goofy, cartoonish, action-heavy, extravagant, ambitious. Formidable/impressive cast, top-notch effects, driving/sweeping score, fun/lively 1980s period costume/details, imposing production design, coherently choreographed action set pieces, some funny in-jokes, promising early scenes, explains how Professor Charles Xavier lost his hair.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Generic, conventional, confused, messy, exhausting, CGI-reliant, overstuffed, seen-it-before, bloated, monotonous. Too many characters, some dreadful dialogue, uninteresting villain, choppy/jumbled narrative, Mystique doesn't convince as a war hero, Sophie Turner doesn't have the complexity/allure of Famke Janssen, weak/nonsense script, regulation city-smashing finale.

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