Release: May 23, 2014
Running Time: 130 minutes
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Director: Bryan Singer
Produced by: Richard Donner, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn
Screenwriter: Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Daniel Cudmore, Adan Canto, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bing Bing, James McAvoy, Michael fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Josh Helman and Evan Jonigkeit
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
MPAA Rating: [PG-13]
X-Men: Days of Future Past is one of the most engrossing movies in the X-Men series.
The world of the X-Men has become a far darker and harrowing place than we have ever seen it. War has ravaged the planet and robots called Sentinels relentlessly pursue the last remaining mutants. The situation is dire and the annihilation of all mutants a certainty.
Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) team up to send Wolverine’s consciousness back to his body in 1973 using the telepathic powers of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page). His mission is a daunting one. Unite a bitterly divided Professor Xavier and Magneto when they were younger and stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing the scientist who created the Sentinel program. His death by the hands of a mutant gave the Sentinel program impetus and a green light for funding. Mystique’s DNA was also somehow tapped by the program to make the Sentinels so devastatingly effective.
There is some gripping drama here. Going back in time we witness a shattered Charles Xavier who has had his spirit broken by certain troubling experiences. Magneto has contempt for non-mutants that runs deep and in one scene we see his rage surface for a few moments and vented towards Charles. This makes the scene between them when they’re older holding hands in a gesture of forgiveness even more poignant.
Mystique, too, is part of the drama. A close friend of Xavier’s who left him and joined sides with Magneto. Obviously, Xavier is deeply bothered by it and throughout the movie tries to veer her back on the right path. In one noteworthy scene he uses his powers to communicate with her through the people around her at the airport.
The cast is strong and so is there presence. James McAvoy (Xavier) and Michael Fassbender (Magneto) do justice to their characters and give great meaning to the roles they take on. A lively yet bitter brotherhood that appears unsalvageable.
Hugh Jackmen as always is perfect in the role of Wolverine and it’s interesting to see him in the past in his pre-adamantium days.
Peter Dinklage in his role as the scientist developing the Sentinel program may be short in stature but his screen presence along with his resonant appealing voice will rivet your eyes to the screen whenever he is on.
Another scene-stealing actor is Evan Peters playing as the mutant Quicksilver. With his help Professor Xavier and the Wolverine bust Magneto out of a prison deep below the Pentagon. The scene where he uses his powers to alter the outcome of an encounter with security personnel is hilarious.
The sentinel robots along with a mix of new and old Xmen make for some memorable fighting scenes. These huge robotic juggernaughts built with shape-shifter inspired mutant DNA are adaptively lethal and relentless. Resistence is futile and death inevitable. This makes Xmen: Days of Future Past even more compelling to watch. Go see it.
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