Movie of the week: “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Bryan Singer returns to “X-Men” franchise to deliver the mutants’ biggest and darkest battle to date. Humans and mutants are pushed to the brink of extinction at the hands of a machine army called Sentinels. Once they were programmed to track down and neutralize the mutant population, but somewhere along the line, they altered their programming to target everyone. Professor Charles Xavier and the remnants of his X-Men must join forces with Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants and together they must stop this Sentinel threat once and for all. Their solution: psychically send Wolverine back in time 50 years, to convince young Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr to put aside their differences, bring their forces together and end stop the Sentinel army before they are unleashed. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is this week’s feature film.

What am I expecting to see?: I expect to see questions answered, and though Bryan Singer is in the middle of a personal and professional controversy, I hope that he hasn’t lost his touch when it comes to directing the “X-Men” franchise. This is a very intriguing installment, combining the cast from the original trilogy, including Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page and Daniel Cudmore with the cast from “X-Men: First Class” including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till, while infusing the film with new faces such as Omar Sy, Peter Dinklage, Booboo Stewart, Bingbing Fan and Adan Canto. Simon Kinberg has to write a screenplay that properly balances all of the characters, while navigating around the pitfalls that can doom a time-travel story instead of falling into one that can compromise the feature. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a movie that I hope can deliver on its promises.

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