The start seems to be promising, where one can hope for a strong story line, following an interesting sequence that traces the history of mutants.
The early structure nods back and gives a little hint of Jean Grey’s or the Phoenix’s past. There are many callbacks to director Bryan Singer’s first ‘X-Men’ as it too opend with a flashback to historical mutant activity, followed by a teenager developing traumatic abilities and a cage fight that leads to a mass brawl.
But the problem starts soon after, the pace acquired is too much to introduce the immense number of existing and new characters, so for the remaining hour the movie moves at a confusing pace.
With so many characters, the story seems to lose the plot and the acting talent of Magneto aka Michael Fassbender is throughly wasted with an attempt to delve into the story. The prime dissapointment are the bad guys, Apocalypse and his Four Horsemen.
Alexandra Shipp’s Storm does not even get near Hale Berry’s seamless performance and she looks nothing more than a high school punk. Similarly Angel and Psylocke make no impact at all, they lack nuance, detailing and character. The worst character is that of En Sabah Nur, or Apocalypse who looks like ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ fame Jaadu - utterly clueless.
The character design is unimpressive, with his abilities remaining undefined. The movie tries to address many issues like nuclear wars, Western domination along with the ever continuing good vs bad debate but it fails abysmally, to address any one of them.
The scenes seem repeated, and there is nothing new to witness. This movie is one of the worst mistakes of the series and more the film harks back to other X-instalments, the more you’ll wish you were watching those instead.