X-Men: Apocalypse

Theatrical Release: May 27, 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse


Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, 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, 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, with the help of Professor X, must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

Dove Review

“X-Men: Apocalypse” is an explosive, action-packed adventure, the latest addition to the “X-Men” series of films. It features a powerful villain, En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), and he is the mutants’ greatest challenge. Due to a tragic event, Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and the other mutants must prevent Magneto (Michael Fassbender) from helping Apocalypse take control of Charles’ (James McAvoy) mind, by which he can control them all. Apocalypse plans to utterly possess Charles. The Beast and Jean Grey, as well as Wolverine himself (Hugh Jackman), all contribute to the effort to stop Apocalypse.

The film is filled with stirring action, comedic moments, and an emphasis on loyalty to family and friends. Regrettably, it features strong language and violence and, therefore, falls short of receiving our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: A couple kisses; a couple of innuendos.
Language: GD-1; OMG-1; F-1; P.O.-1; H-4; A-1; Geez-2
Violence: A lot of violence throughout the film, including decapitations with blood; multiple fights; people being crushed by falling buildings and rocks, with some blood visible; explosions; blood on faces and hands; people's flesh consumed by fire, and they turn to skeletons; flesh is cut with blood and then healed; woman's throat is nearly crushed; a character slashes several people and blood is on them and on the wall; throats of several men are cut with a sharp necklace; a fight, in which competitors receive jolts from high voltage fence; woman destroys walls with her mind; young man destroys objects with beams from his eyes; knife held on man.
Drugs: Man smokes cigarette; the drinking of alcohol.
Nudity: Shirtless men; cleavage; woman's rear cheeks and thighs shown; woman in short skirt.
Other: Villain says some have called him "Elohim" (Hebrew for "God") or "Ra"; villain thinks of himself as God; a comment about whether someone got an idea from the Bible or whether the Bible got it from them; tension between characters; in Auschwitz, a mother and child are separated in a flashback scene of war; death and grief.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Director: Bryan Singer
Producer: Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Bryan Singer
Genre: Action
Runtime: 143 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter