X-Men: Apocalypse

PG-13

Marvel is back with the ninth film in the X-Men series. This is the first X-Men movie I have seen. As movies go, it wasn’t bad but I hadn’t seen the first eight so I was pleasantly surprised when I found this movie mildly entertaining. The problem is that the X-Men fanatics didn’t seem to like this film at all. Most were shaking their heads when they left the film. Evidently “X-Men: Apocalypse” isn’t as challenging as some of the earlier films.

I had a little trouble suspending my disbelief when the world’s first cyber mutant, En Sabah Nur also known as Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) emerges from the deepest tombs of Egypt after two thousand years and recruits his “four horsemen of the Apocalypse”. En Sabah Nur has the ability to zap the power from every mutant and make it his own to become all powerful. His plan is to destroy the world and remake it in his image The X-Men unite to keep him from destroying the human race and all they have built. Where do they come up with these crazy unbelievable story lines?

Once again, an X-Men film has a stellar cast. James McAvoy reprises his role as Professor Charles Xavier, Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender is once again Mageneto, Academy Award winner, Jennifer Lawrence returns as Raven/Mystique, Rose Bryne is Moira MacTaggert, the furry Hugh Jackman is Wolverine, Evan Peters plays Quicksilver and Sophie Turner is Jean Grey.

I would think that these films would be fun to make. How often does an actor get the opportunity to play such a strange role in such outlandish costumes and make-up? Plus, the pay isn’t bad.

The screenplay was written by Simon Kinberg based on a story by Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris. Kinberg has written three of the X-men movies, “Sherlock Holmes,” and “Mr. and Mrs., Smith.”

“X-Men: Apocalypse” was directed by Bryan Singer who directed the original “X-Men,” X-Men 2” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Like all resent action adventure films, the special effects are spectacular. As En Sabah Nur destroys city after city, I got dizzy watching all the debris swirl around in 3-D. As each super mutant displays their special power, you get a feeling of how far technology has come in the movies. It is truly amazing.

“X-Men Apocalypse” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, AMC Eastgate Showplace 6 and Dougherty Theatres Jerseyville Stadium Theatre.