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Starring in X-Men: Apocalypse are (from left) Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult. PHOTO: YOUTUBE

X-Men: Apocalypse

The main butt-kicker in this instalment is Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the very ancient, very ultimate first mutant with godlike powers and scary dark-blue skin.

I love the way this clip unveils the big bad dude in stages using Isaac's gentle, persuasive voice: "You are all my children," he tells the young mutants - before turning him into a gigantic psycho who can literally turn into a giant.

The super-powered kids - Cyclops, Storm, Beast, Game Of Thrones' Sophie Turner as Jean Grey - appear millennial-hip, but the main draw here has got to be megastar Jennifer Lawrence (as the shapeshifting Mystique), who looks singlehandedly ready to take charge of this bunch, Hunger Games-style.

James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Isaac are no slouches, but Oscar winner Lawrence looks really formidable here.

"I've never felt power like this before," Professor X says nervously about Apocalypse. We think he actually means J-Law.


Eye In The Sky

Err, which army is being featured here?

There's a British female military officer (Helen Mirren, above, wearing such a baggy army uniform that it looks like camouflage pyjamas) giving orders to an American soldier (Aaron Paul) and another Brit, Alan Rickman, is a general sitting at a table with people looking seriously glum.

These folks in a London command HQ are deciding whether to blow up suicide bombers in a faraway African hideout using flying drones.

They face a moral dilemma when a kid shows up near the suicide bombers playing with a hula hoop and we know it's really a kid since no terrorist has as yet been pictured playing with a hula hoop. As General Hamlet might ask: "To bomb or not to bomb?"

My question: Should somebody send a drone to wipe out the trailer guy since he basically just gave the whole story away?

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 16, 2015, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe