KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Is "X-Men" apocalyptic? "The Purge 3" need purging? FOX 4's Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards have the latest in this week's Popcorn Bag home video reviews.
1) X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (PG-13)
20th Century Fox
The latest installment in the X-Men franchise follows the ‘younger mutants’ timeline from “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Jennifer Lawrence is the nicer Mystique of days gone by and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto gets more than he can handle from Oscar Isaac’s mutant god, Apocalypse, the most powerful mutant of them all. Problem is, the appropriately named Apocalypse wants to cleanse the Earth of all mankind. Will the mutants step up to save the humans?
I totally agree. And with everything you just said. Yes, it's too predictable. Yes, it's too familiar. And yes, there is a lot of noise going on with this movie. Franchise fatigue is the culprit. This is a well-traveled road and there are plenty of pot holes to avoid. But it will all work for you if you don't mind paying money for frequent alignments.
With this terrific cast, a strong director in Bryan Singer and a $234 million budget, it should have been a lot better than it is. It plays a bit like someone accidentally inserted a reel from the recent Gerard Butler stinker, “Gods of Egypt.” There’s a lot of noise both audibly and visually, but it all seems a bit too familiar. It’s not a bad movie, it’s just a predictable one.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags
2) THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR (R)
"The Purge" is the rare franchise that has gotten better with each release. Yes, the ultra-violence still drives things forward but the dark political satire of this film is what elevates things.
RUSS: Did Not Screen
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags
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