More of the Same from Bryan Singer with "X-Men: Apocalypse"

I've never been a huge fan of Bryan Singer's " X-Men" films. I will give them a certain amount of respect for helping usher in the comic book movie craze we're all enjoying or detest in today. However, I've always favored the entries in the franchise directed by someone besides Singer. "X-Men: First Class" is my favorite out of the bunch. No matter how big of a mess Brett Ratner's "X-MEN 3: The Last Stand" was, it still moved along quicker and flowed better than any of Singer's attempts.

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the first and most powerful mutant, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, 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 save mankind from complete destruction.

Bryan Singer has a way of taking what should be a great action sequence and somehow just make it a drab and taxing experience to live through. One scene of Magneto displaying his superpowers goes on for what felt like an eternity. Another featured two characters walking towards each other dramatically for so long I actually had time for a catnap.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images.There’s quite a bit more gore than I remember there being in the past movies in the franchise. If you’ve seen every “X-Men” movie that’s come before, you know what to expect here aside from that.

The acting is good by everyone involved. Oscar Isaac did a great job bringing Apocalypse to life. I don't read the X-Men comics, so I can't judge whether his depiction of the character is accurate to the books. Within the frame of the movie, he was convincing and fell naturally into the role. I also appreciated that he didn't resemble “Power Rangers” villain Ivan Ooze as much onscreen as he did in production photos that were released online in magazines.

"X-Men: Apocalypse" has the same problems all the previous entries directed by Bryan Singer have. They're overlong and the pacing is way off. It's not a bad film, but I still prefer the ones he hasn't directed. The movie is saved by some impressive special effects, well-placed humor, and some great action scenes.