X-Men: Apocalypse 3D (2016) in Regal Cinema’s 4DX

A follow up to the widely critically acclaimed X-Men: Days Of Future Past just opened on May 27, 2016. This movie takes place a decade after that event. This will be a combined review of the movie and Regal Cinema’s 4DX feature on movie theaters. The movie format was on 3D too.

Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, once worshiped as a god, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years into the 1980’s era, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits his four horsemen, Storm, Psylocke, Angel, and Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As Earth is in peril, Raven/Mystique seeks the help of Professor X and a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from extinction.


I loved the movie as a whole even with small flaws that are negligible to mention like the scenes that involved Col. Stryker. They should have concentrated the plot more on the villain Apocalypse. I was worried a bit when I read the early reviews of the film. It wasn’t as great as it’s predecessor but still way better than the poorly reviewed X-Men: The Last Stand. The old and the new characters did great especially Magneto’s emotional range, Jean Grey’s surprise battle with the villain, and Quicksilver’s hilarious antics. Apocalypse’s makeup was a bit too much. Lots of humor and laughs, more so when it comes to Quicksilver. The sound and special effects were well done. The post scenes after all the credits had been shown was a little bit confusing if you’re not a Marvel comic fan. The movie run 2 hours and 24 minutes long.

Watched the movie in LA Live’s Regal Cinema which is now home to the first 4DX theater in the United States. The 4DX auditorium features motion seats and special effects including wind, fog, mist/rain, scents and more that perfectly syncs to the on-screen action of the movie. The seat movements were aggressive. Water sprouting was only experienced twice. The wind was cold especially with those big fans located on the side of the ceiling. No scents were smelled. There are some moments in the movie with 3D pop-ups which were fun to watch.

I learned before hand that LA Live’s Regal Cinema offer discounted tickets every Tuesdays. It’s $10 to $12 less than the regular ticket price. At $16, that great deal. What I didn’t know that if you plan to watch a movie after work, the earlier shows tend to sell out. My advise is to buy the tickets online with a minor convenience fee. And if the movie ends after midnight, might as well drive to the location rather than public transportation because there are no more services after that time.

Overall, the movie was fun and didn’t make me sleepy especially with the seats moving on a 4DX feature. This feature is only worth it when watching lots of action in a movie. 




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