Plot 1962. Mutant supremacist Sebastian Shaw (Bacon) plots to manipulate the world towards nuclear armageddon. Genetics expert Charles Xavier (McAvoy) joins forces with Shaw's one-time protégé (or rather, test subject) Erik Lehnsherr (Fassbender), both overseen by a secret US government organisation, to stop him. Verdict All you'd expect from an X-Men film (or spin-off, or prequel), but not all you'd hope for. It smacks of rush and compromise, but there's thankfully enough to make you feel optimistic about the series' future once more.