The X-Men franchise has been one of the most successful superhero franchises in movie history and the first film back in 2000 was one of the main catalysts for reinvigorating the superhero genre. Since that original there have been 5 sequels and two Wolverine spin off movies with one more on the way. It even had an insanely successful movie in the same universe with Deadpool. The latest installment is X-Men: Apocalypse and while it may not have made its budget back domestically (although it still pulled in over $155 Million), it more than made up for it with a worldwide gross of almost $550 Million and boasts the claim of being the film in the series that marks the return of director Bryan Singer.
After thousands of years the first mutant ever, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), has risen once again to find a world where mutants never took over as he expected. Determined to make the Earth a haven for mutants, he gathers a powerful team of mutants including a disillusioned Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to cleanse the planet of mankind and create a new world order. Now Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), Professor X (James McAvoy) and a team of young X-Men must face the greatest threat the Earth has ever seen to save mankind from complete destruction.
Continuing along the new storylines created by X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse is a bigger, more special effects laden, almost 2 and a half hour epic that ups the already impressive ante the series has become known for. It is very cool seeing many of the X-Men in their youth including Beast (Nicholas Hoult), the scene stealing Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and for them to be anchored so ably by the immense talent of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Oscar Isaac. This is by far the biggest X-Men movie yet and is full of spectacular action sequences and great character moments.
The Blu-ray also includes some great extras including a behind the scenes documentary, a wrap party video, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel and an audio commentary. X-Men: Apocalypse is yet another solid entry in an already solid series. Highly recommended.