X-Men: Days of Future Past


Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellan, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage
Directed by Bryan Singer
Rating: B+

In the future, humans have created an army of sentinels which can adapt mutant powers to use against those with powers to exterminate the race. Logan (Jackman) is mentally sent back into his younger body to change events, which will create a better future for everyone.

It’s 1973. Pre-X-Men and a world where mutants are hiding their powers. The crisis which occurred in Cuba, where Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Fassbender) parted ways, has been covered up. The war in Vietnam has not been looking too good for the United States, and while a scientist named Trask (Dinklage) has been working on ways to destroy mutants, government officials look for bigger threats.

Yet the turning point that gets mutants on the governments hit list is when Mystique (Lawrence) kills Trask, so Logan must team up with a feuding Charles and Erik to stop her. There’s just one little problem: while Logan is under a hypnosis-like state that allows him to mentally time travel, the future X-Men are being hunted down in a desolate Chinese location. If Logan doesn’t hurry and fix the past, there may be no future to return to.

Sometimes the best way to watch a movie is to just go with the flow. For those unfamiliar or rusty on their X-Men knowledge, Days of Future Past may be a little hard to swallow. A few questions may arise, particularly when you try to think about the timeline, but it’s easier to just shut your brain off and watch the movie.

Otherwise, Days of Future Past may be one of the best X-Men movies yet. There’s a return of familiar characters, which is refreshing because they weren’t re-casted, and it ties in old characters with the new. It shows just how big this X-Men universe can be without getting too overwhelming.

There’s just enough humor sprinkled throughout the script to keep the film from being too dark. But when the opening scene begins, it sets a gloomy tone that shows just how serious the prejudice against mutants has become in the future. The plot offers the X-Men a chance to create a more positive future where mutants and humans can live peaceably together.

It’ll be interesting to see how the sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse takes off after watching the ending to Days of Future Past.

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