X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 American superhero film based on the X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics. It is the ninth installment in the X-Men film series. Directed by Bryan Singer, with a screenplay by Simon Kinberg from a story conceived by Singer, Kinberg, Michael Daugherty and Dan Harris, the film features an ensemble cast starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn and Lucas Till. In Apocalypse, ancient mutant Apocalypse awakens and plans to take over the world, so the X-Men need to stop him and defeat his team, the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse.
The film was announced by Singer in December 2013 with Kinberg, Dougherty, and Harris attached to develop the story. Casting began in October 2014 while principal photography commenced in April 2015 in Montreal, Canada, and ended in August of the same year. X-Men: Apocalypse premiered in London on May 9, 2016 and already received mixed reviews from critics ,saying that "the current film is a dissapointment for the franchise" and is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016 in North America in 3D and 2D, and in IMAX 3D in select international markets.
X-Men: Apocalypse Is the Biggest and Emptiest X-Men Movie Yet. Everything that’s good, and bad, about X-Men. Apocalypse can be traced to it being part of the successful X-Men franchise. It’s not only the third film in the series (in the new movie continuity), but also the sixth (overall), and also the ninth (if you count solo movies) which creates certain expectations—expectations that no movie could possibly meet.
So, for example, Hollywood demands sequels always are bigger than their predecessors, right? But Apocalypse is a sequel to at least five other, already huge movies. Everything has to be impossibly big. Then there’s the last film, Days of Future Past, which set the precedent all of these movies, at least at one time, took place in the same universe. So in this film, lots of future character interactions and arcs must be set up and teased. Before the movie even begins, writer Simon Kinberg and director Bryan Singer are left with an insane checklist and the film suffers for it.
At every single moment, X-Men: Apocalypse feels like it’s racing to the next point. As a result, very little in the movie actually gets explored or enjoyed. Something major happens, and we instantly move on to the next thing. A popular character is introduced, and the next scene is someone else entirely. The filmmakers have too little room to worry about emotion or theme. In fact, with the insane amount of storylines and characters X-Men: Apocalypse is working with, the structure is surprisingly simple. There’s a prologue, one hour of set-up, two big setpieces separated by maybe five minutes, and the finale. That’s it. It’s disarmingly and detrimentally straightforward.
Since ancient times, the first and most powerful mutant, En Sabah Nur, also known as "Apocalypse" has been worshipped as a god. But when Apocalypse awakens from a hibernation of thousands of years, he is disgusted to find out what the world has come to and decides to change it. He recruits four followers, Ororo Munroe ("Famine"), Elizabeth Braddock ("Pestilence"), Erik Lehnsherr ("War"), and Warren Worthington III ("Death") to help him with this task of destroying humanity and building a better world, led by him, from the ruins. Now, Charles Xavier and Raven/Mystique lead a team of young X-Men to face their greatest enemy and defeat him.
James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X
A mutant pacifist and the world's most powerful telepath. He is the founder of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and the X-Men. McAvoy shaved his head for the role