"Everything they've built, will fall. And from the ashes of their world, we'll build a better one."
Following the massive success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg surely had a tough time building up X-Men: Apocalypse not only because Days of Future Past was a game-changing movie for the franchise, may still be the best X-Men movie up to date, but the movie's main antagonist, Apocalypse, is one of the X-Men's finest and most powerfully built foe.
X-Men: Apocalypse had an advanced screening on selected areas and some lucky individuals had the chance to see it early on, however, the movie didn't seem to meet or exceed some of the fans' expectations and it even started off with a 40% rating in Rotten Tomatoes.
I've seen the film a couple of times already and as for me, regardless of the movie's mixed reviews and that it didn't seem to outdo X-Men: Days of Future Past, for my opinion, you can't deny the fact that the movie really had some spectacular moments. The mutants in this film, except the students and Jubilee, had a chance to shine in the movie especially Quicksilver. If you think his scene in Days of Future Past was amazing, well, you haven't seen nothing yet.
There was a lot of memorable scenes from the film but these are my picks that really transcended the most.
1. Apocalypse's Transformation
Starting off our list is of course, the opening sequence of the film. The movie kicked off at ancient Egypt and everyone was calling Apocalypse En Sabah Nur as he was being carried towards a pymarid. Aside from the picturesque visual effects, the movie did a great job introducing Apocalypse by showing the process of transferring his consciousness to a different mutant's body, letting him acquire the person's mutant power. At first, there were soldiers who tried to stop Apocalypse from the conversion but they ended up being killed by his ancient horsemen who also had mutant abilities then the pymarid just began crumbling down afterwards, trapping Apocalypse inside.
2. Getting Inside Charles Xavier's Head
After the death of Magneto's family and his sudden disappearance, Charles Xavier knew from that moment that Erik might seek vengeance once again so he searched for Erik with the use of Cerebro, unknowing that Erik was with Apocalypse and the rest of his horsemen already. Charles and Erik had a short conversation until Apocalypse felt Charles' presence in his mind. Apocalypse was left open-mouthed on how powerful Charles can be so he infiltrated Charles' head, allowing himself to know his whereabouts and use the Cerebro as his communication to all the humans and mutants all over the world.
3. Quicksilver Saved The Day
Alex Summers, also known as Havok, bursted his energy blasts out, hoping that it could stop Apocalypse and his horsemen from taking Charles but instead, it ended up hitting the jet Hank McCoy, also known as Beast, invented. It caused a huge explosion that will instantly kill all of the people inside except, of course, there is someone who is fast enough to get everyone out - none other than Quicksilver. After knowing that Magneto is his father, Quicksilver decided to drop by the mansion, expecting that Magneto might be there, but the mansion was in the midst of blowing up so Quicksilver didn't hesitate to go through flames and just started pulling all the people out from the exploding X-Mansion.
The scene was very similar to what he did in X-Men: Apocalypse wherein you can see the physics of how the surroundings move in a super fast person's speed. Quicksilver did everything he could to rescue all of the people and students who might not be aware that their mansion was already bursting apart, however, he never got the chance to save Alex because he was the one closest to the explosion.
4. All-New Wolverine
We've seen Hugh Jackman portray the role ever since the year 2000 and if you think he was incredible in the 2013 movie The Wolverine, he was surprisingly more of a badass in X-Men: Apocalypse. We all know from the final trailer that Wolverine will be appearing in the film, well, don't get your hopes up because he was just in the movie for quite a while. However, his appearance might not be too long but it surely was worth every second.
After the X-Mansion's explosion, William Stryker suddenly appeared and just took Mystique, Quicksilver, Beast and Moira with him. Luckily, Jean Grey, Cyclops and Nightcrawler didn't get captured so they were the ones who followed Stryker's team to save Mystique and the rest. During the scene where Jean Grey, Cyclops and Nightcrawler was trying to help Quicksilver and the rest to get out of the Alkali Lake Facility, they ended up going inside a room where Wolverine's cage was placed. Unknowing about Wolverine, Jean Grey let him get out of his cage, to act as a diversion for the guards, and unlike his origins movie, Logan was in full suit as the Weapon X with his tech helmet and tubes to control his behavior.
Wolverine just started killing all of the guards who tried to stop him, leaving blood stains all over the place. He was just in the movie for a mere moment but before he was about to leave the facility, Jean Grey, who was being played by Sophie Turner, had a short moment with him as she looked into Wolverine's head, giving him back some of the memories he lost after being experimented.
5. Jean Grey turning into The Phoenix
No offense for Famke Janssen but Sophie Turner was a better Phoenix than her. It wasn't until the end of the movie where Jean can finally unleash her powers. Charles, being so beaten up by Apocalypse, asked Jean to help him fight Apocalypse, telling her to 'let go' and 'unleash your power'. Hesitant at first, Jean finally did what Charles was telling him to do and battle against Apocalypse on the Astral Plane.
That scene where Jean was walking towards Apocalypse as if she was floating in midair, slowly turning into the Phoenix with orange flames and flares surrounding her, was very astounding. She wasn't really a full-fledged Phoenix yet but witness as she inches her way into the Phoenix character arc. It may be an amazing way to end the battle with an ancient god but Jean Grey's transformation into the Phoenix scene was enough to open new doors for the X-Men film series.
X-Men: Apocalypse may be receiving mixed reviews from the audience but it doesn't stop the film in dominating the box office.