Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Ninth installment in the X-Men film series directed by Bryan Singer and here’s the full synopsis of the movie:
Since the dawn of civilization, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the first and most powerful mutant, was worshiped as a god. Amassing the powers of many other mutants, he became immortal and invincible. When Apocalypse awakens after several millennia, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it, and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and to save humanity.
Verdict: This sequel certainly doesn’t reach the heights of the last two films, however, it’s still worthy entry with some great action sequences and ties up some of the past storylines together. Where the movie fails is in the villain Apocalypse, although Oscar Isaac was perfectly fine in the role it’s the use of him in the story that just doesn’t work, he’s just another villain who is obsessed with destroying the world and his motivations are thin. In terms of the acting, Fassbender and McAvoy are great in their reprised roles as are the newcomers to the cast, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Codi McPhee-Schmit as the junior league versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops and Nightcrawler.REVIEWS
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 40)
Charles Xavier: Mutants: born with extraordinary abilities, and yet still, they are children stumbling in the dark, searching for guidance. A gift can often be a curse. Give someone wings, and they may fly too close to the sun. Give them the power of prophecy, and they may live in fear of the future. Give them the greatest gift of all, powers beyond imagination, and they may think they are meant to rule the world.
Charles Xavier: It’s good to see you, Raven.
Raven: This isn’t my home.
Charles Xavier: It was once.
Raven: No, it was your home, I just lived here, and I barely even recognize it now.
Charles Xavier: Do you know I have plans for this place? I mean to turn it into a real campus, a university, not just for mutants either, for humans too. Living and working and growing together.
Raven: You know I really believed that once, I really believed we could change them.
Charles Xavier: We did.
Raven: Just because there’s not a war it doesn’t mean there’s peace. If you want to teach your kids something teach them that, teach them to fight, otherwise they might as well live in this house for the rest of their lives.
Charles Xavier: You still sound just like him, you sound just like Erik.
Raven: That’s why I’m here. He’s resurfaced.
Charles Xavier: The whole world will be looking for him.
Raven: But you can help me find him before they do.
Charles Xavier: Things are better, the world is better.
Raven: Just because there’s not a war it doesn’t mean there’s peace. He’s coming.
[Erik sings a lullaby to Nina]
Nina: Who taught you that song?
Erik Lensherr: My parents.
Nina: What happened to them?
Erik Lensherr: They were taken from me.
Nina: Will someone take you from me?
Erik Lensherr: The people you love never leave you. They stay with you, in your heart.
[uses his power to lock all the steel workers inside the factory]
Erik Lehnsherr: Some of you spoke to the police about what you believe you witnessed here yesterday. You want to know my powers, know who I am, see what I can do? Think of the person you love most in your life, now that person will know what it is to lose someone they love.
Polish Steel Worker: [subtitled] Henryk, please, don’t do this!
Erik Lehnsherr: My name isn’t Henryk. My name is Magneto.
[when Erik sees Apocalypse for the first time]
Erik Lensherr: Who the fuck are you?
Charles Xavier: The world’s already begun rebuilding its arsenals.
Erik Lensherr: It’s human nature, Charles.
Charles Xavier: I still have hope.
Erik Lensherr: Oh, yes. Hope.
Charles Xavier: I was right about Raven. I was even right about you.
Erik Lensherr: What about the rest of the world? Doesn’t it ever wake you up in the middle of the night, the feeling that one day they’ll come for you and your children?
Charles Xavier: It does indeed.
Erik Lensherr: What do you do when you wake up to that?
Charles Xavier: I feel a great swell of pity for the poor soul that comes to my school looking for trouble.
Jean Grey: I saw the end of the world. I could feel all this death.
Charles Xavier: Jean, it was just a dream.
Apocalypse: I’ve been called many things over many lifetimes: Ra, Krishna, Yahweh.
Apocalypse: You are all my children, and you’re lost, because you follow blind leaders. No more false gods, I am here now, I’m here for you.
Moira MacTaggert: Some believe that the first mutant was born thousands of years ago. He was some kind of God, and he’s going to rise again.
Moira MacTaggert: Some call him Apocalypse. He was some kind of God, for thousands of years he’s been amassing mutants to take their powers. He always had four followers.
Erik Lensherr: Like The Four Horsemen.
Moira MacTaggert: Ever since the world found out about mutants there have been secret societies, who see them as some kind of second coming or sign of god. They believe that tens of thousands of years ago an ancient being was born, the world’s first…
Charles Xavier: Mutant.
Moira MacTaggert: Wherever this being was he always had four followers he would imbue with power.
Alex Summers: Like The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He got that one from the bible.
Moira MacTaggert: Or the bible got it from him.
Erik Lensherr: What is it?
Charles Xavier: Oh, God. He can control all of us.
Charles Xavier: Apocalypse means to destroy this world.
Charles Xavier: Erik, don’t join them.
Erik Lensherr: Whatever it is you think you saw in me I buried it with my family.
Hank McCoy: They took him, Raven. The world needs the X-Men.
Raven: But I’m not a hero.
Hank McCoy: The students look up to you.
Raven: If I’m going to teach your kids something I’m going to teach them how to fight.
Raven: That’s why I’m here, to fight.
Scott Summers: Not all of us can control our powers.
Raven: Then don’t. This is war.
Apocalypse: Everything they’ve built will fall and from the ashes of their world we’ll build a better one!
Apocalypse: Together we will cleanse the earth for the strongest.
Charles Xavier: I’ve never felt power like this before.
Erik Lensherr: We’ll take everything from them.
Charles Xavier: He means to destroy this world, billions of people killed.
Peter’s Mom: You’re going to join them, aren’t you?
Peter Maximoff: You wanted me to get out of the house more, right?
Scott Summers: It’s all of us against a God and the most powerful being on earth.
Raven: Let’s go to war.
Raven: Forget everything you think you know. None of that matters. You’re not students anymore, you’re X-Men!
Peter Maximoff: I’m not afraid of him. Magneto, he’s my father.
Peter Maximoff: He and my mom did…
Raven: No, I know.
Raven: Well you’ve been busy.
Scott Summers: We had a little help.
Scott Summers: It should have been me… he was the one going to do something with his life.
Jean Grey: That’s not how he felt. He felt you were the one that’s gonna do something special with your life. That you were gonna make the difference in the world. Maybe even change it.
Scott Summers: How do you know what he felt?
Jean Grey: I know what everybody feels.
Peter Maximoff: You know, for a guy who’s just fast as me, I always seem to be too late.
Jean Grey: [to Raven] Seeing you that day on TV changed my life.
Kurt Wagner: Mine too.
Peter Maximoff: Mine too. I mean, I still live in my mom’s basement, but pfft. Everything else is, uh, well, it’s pretty much the same. I’m a total loser.
Ororo Munroe: Mystique said Magneto is your father. Are you going to tell him?
Peter Maximoff: I might…but I think I’ll just stick around here for a while.
Ororo Munroe: Me too.
Apocalypse: It’s over, Charles. You’re finished. You’re mine now.
Charles Xavier: You will never win.
Apocalypse: And why is that?
Charles Xavier: Because you are alone…and I am not.
Raven: I know you think you’ve lost everything, but you haven’t. You have me, you have Charles… you have more family than you know. You never had the chance to save your family before, but you do now. That’s what I’ve come here to tell you.
Magneto: [to Peter] And you?
Peter Maximoff: I’m your…I’m here for my family, too.
Raven: I’m gonna go fight for what I have left. Are you?
Raven: They still hate and fear us. It’s just harder to see because they’re more polite about it.
Charles Xavier: You sure I can’t convince you to stay?
Erik Lensherr: You’re psychic, Charles. You can convince me to do anything.
Charles Xavier: Goodbye, old friend.
Erik Lensherr: Good luck, Professor.
Mystique: Forget everything you think you know. Whatever lessons you learned in school, whatever your parents taught you, none of that matters! You’re not kids anymore. You’re not students. You’re X-Men!
Total Quotes: 40