It’s apocalypse all right if Hollywood is going to
keep making movies where all the budget is poured into astounding special
effects with nary a worry about the story.
It’s a world where Marvel’s humans with enhanced super
powers or mutants, are so many in number that Prof Charles Xavier runs a
special school for them. Charles and his gifted students gang up as the good
Trouble starts when Apocalypse, the villain of all
mutants, awakens centuries later in Egypt. One suspects that along with
Apocalypse, four credited writers and director Bryan Singer also exhumed their
story idea from an ancient rubble. Woefully bereft of anything
earth-shatteringly novel, the core idea is that the evil villain sets out to
harness the powers of all the other mutants and thus control the world. Ho hum.
From fire-spewing mutants and those that can get into
your mind or physically transport you elsewhere, it’s the special effects alone
that keep the story moving. Each mutant gets screen time according to star
value. So Jennifer Lawrence of Hunger
Games who’s used to computer graphics performing half the time on her
behalf, mutates into a purple Mystique to goad Magneto into joining forces with
them to beat Apocalypse. Since a biggie like Michael Fassbender plays Magneto,
he gets a whole track to himself where he’s the good guy turned bad. He’s with
Apocalypse until Jennifer Lawrence reaches out to him at the last desperate
hour. And James McAvoy as Charles with the powerhouse mind gets a sprinkle of
romance and a bit of wit thrown his way.
be complete without Wolverine, so Hugh Jackman pops up fleetingly with a
promise to be back for a longer time the next time around. And there lies the
problem. X-Men as a franchise has a
loyal fan base who’ll go watch the telekinesis and other super gifts, never
mind how weak the glue that binds the heroes together.
Apocalypse is the kind of film where you wonder what would
happen if someone switched off the continuous wave of special effects.
film that’s visually spectacular but has a story that’s gone past expiry date, X-Men: Apocalypse gets a 2.5*
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Columnist & Author