Tuesday, May 31, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse Adoption Movie Review

En Sabah Nur, the ancient destroyer, is returning after being buried under the ruins of Egypt for thousands of years. He is the original mutant, and his powers are thought to exceed those of any other. He gathers four lieutenants to himself and increases their power, and intends to cleanse the Earth in order to have only strong survivors left in order to advance the cause of evolution. The X-Men must work to stop him, while also dealing with the fact that mutants still are not trusted by the general population. 


The Adoption Connection

Charles Xavier runs a school for mutants; it’s a boarding school, but they seem to become somewhat of a family.

One character loses his wife and child in one moment; his loss drives him to rage.

A child asks her father what happened to his parents; his parents were taken away, but he promises her that he will never be taken away from her; however, the police to come to try to take him away while the girl looks on in a state of panic.

One character learns that another character is his father; they meet, but the father does not learn of the relationship. The son says that one day, he might tell his father.

Strong Points

Through Xavier’s persistent acceptance and understanding, many of the mutants have come to develop a familial bond with each other that helps them persevere and overcome great adversity.  


There are some graphic blade injuries shown, which could disturb some viewers.

Weak Points

One character expresses his desire to make others suffer deep emotional pain at the loss of their loved ones. A child and her mother are killed on screen by an errant arrow shot by a police officer.  No one ever seems to show regret for people that they kill.


X-Men: Apocalypse will likely draw an audience of kids, pre-teens, teens and adults. There are some scenes of semi-graphic blade and gun violence that could be disturbing to children who have experienced violence, and a scene where a father mourns his slain wife and child could be triggering for some. The story is captivating, and the positive, enduring, and forgiving relationships between many of the mutants are uplifting and refreshing. This could be a good choice for most viewers ages 13 and up, provided that the potential triggers are not more than they can handle.  

Questions for Discussion

If you could send thoughts into someone’s mind, without having to see them or say the words out loud, who do you think you would talk to?

If you could go anywhere, in an instant, where would you go?

Raven has become like family to Magneto. Who in your life has become family or “like family” to you, even though they once were not? 

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