New on Blu-Ray & DVD: ‘X-Men Apocalypse,’ ‘The Purge 3: Election Year’

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 4, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Two major films are available for purchase or rent today.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” opened May 27 to a first-weekend box office take of $65.7 million. The superhero film brought in a domestic total of $155.4 million and a worldwide tally of $543.5 million in its 10-week run.

“The Purge: Election Year” opened July 1 with a debut weekend take of $31.5 million. The horror film, which played in theaters seven weeks, went on to bring home $116.8 million globally.

The Reviews:

X-Men: Apocalypse
Starring: James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender
Rated PG-13

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 in hibernation, 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.

Although the film does ache from an unbalanced storyline, the action and special effects are very well done.

Plot-wise, this is another “take over the world” plot, and haven’t we seen a little too many of these? There was Magneto, Sebastian Shaw, that one government guy… anyway you get the idea. Now comes Apocalypse, who just doesn’t like what the world in 1983 has become.

So he wants to tear it down and build a new one and begins to recruit an army. Just like an after-school football game, X-Men are choosing sides, good and bad, for the impending battle.

The film, although predictable and reminiscent with elements of “Harry Potter,” “Avengers,” and “Percy Jackson,” there is something very likeable about the “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

The film has charisma, which earns it a B. It’s rated PG-13.

The Purge 3: Election Year
Starring: Frank Grillo and Elizabeth Mitchell
Rated R

It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Roan, played by Elizabeth Mitchell, his mission is to protect her in a run for president and to survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent.

The film is just one odd encounter after another with murdering clowns, gang members and people dressed as dead presidents.

There is no real rhyme or reason to the action in the film, and the feeling overall is the franchise has run out of gas.

“The Purge 3: Election Year” gets a D and is rated R.


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