Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Brian Singer (“The Usual Suspects,” “Superman Returns”) unites two generations of heroes to change the events of the past and save the future in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

The X-Men return for a meeting of the times in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

The world’s population, both human and mutant, are down to a bare minimum.For the past 50 years, mechanical monstrosities called “Sentinels” have evolved to the point where they are not only programmed to target mutants but their human sympathizers as well and they are all corralled, incapacitated, incarcerated and exterminated.

The world’s last hope is the remnants of the X-Men. Professor Charles Xavier, played by Golden Globe nominee Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek: First Contact”), and Magneto, played by Academy Award nominee Ian McKellan (“Gods and Monsters,” “Richard III”), have joined forces to a last-ditch effort to save their species and eliminate the Sentinels once and for all.

In order to save the future for all mutants and humans, the X-Men must change the course of history. Kitty Pride, played by Academy Award nominee Ellen Page (“Juno”), must use her secondary ability to send a person’s consciousness back in time on Wolverine, played by Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables,” “Swordfish”).

Due to Wolverine’s healing factor and ability to avoid aging, he is to locate the younger versions of Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy (“Atonement”) and Erik Lehnsherr, played by Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender (“12 Years a Slave”), inform them of the coming calamity and work together to thwart the course of history from being set.

Logan, I was a very different man. Lead me, guide me, be patient with me

Patience isn’t my strong suit“-Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart have a cross-temporal meeting of the minds in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Easier said than done. Ever since Xavier and Lehnsherr parted ways in Cuba, Xavier has turned his back on his powers and wallowing in anger and self-misery because he lost use of his legs and his adopted sister Raven, played by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle”), abandoned him to become Lehnsherr’s Mystique.

Lehnsherr, on the other hand, has spent the last decade in solitary confinement. Implicated in the JFK assassination, Lehnsherr is locked away in a concrete bunker with no access to any metallic alloy for him to utilize.

Wolverine must play mediator between the estranged frenemies, get them to put their differences aside and stop Bolivar Trask, played by Peter Dinklage (“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”), from launching the Sentinel Program that leads to a dark future. The three must ally with Beast, played by Nicholas Hoult (“Jack: the Giant Slayer”), and Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters (“Never Back Down”), in order to prevent Trask from acquiring the elements necessary to get the dangerous program from taking shape.

While Wolverine tampers with the past, the remaining X-Men including Storm, played by Academy Award winner Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball,” “Die Another Day”), Iceman, played by Shawn Ashmore (“The Ruins”), Colossus, played by Daniel Cudmore (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”), Bishop, played by Omar Sy (“The Intouchables”), Sunspot, played by Adan Canto, Warpath, played by Booboo Stewart (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt 2”) and Blink, played by Bingbing Fan (“Shinjuku Incident”), must defend Wolverine and Kitty from the Sentinels at all costs.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” isn’t a seamless and perfect superhero adventure, but it is downright exciting to see life back in this franchise courtesy of Brian Singer. This film perfectly bridges the entire franchise together and as a time-travel feature, it leaves you pondering what was actually credible from the original “X-Men” trilogy.

Brian Singer didn’t skip a beat in his return to directing this superhero saga. Once this movie gets going, it is easy to follow, understand what is happening and the sum total of the film is fresh, fun and fantastic.

Every character, aside from Academy Award winner Anna Paquin (“The Piano”) as Rogue and Lucas Till (“Walk the Line”), gets their fair share of screen time and each of them contributes to the story going forward. Screenwriter Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: The Last Stand”), really exercised his expertise in this branch of the Marvel Comic Universe with the story he co-wrote with Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn (“X-Men: First Class”) and the results are quite fruitful for fans of this film franchise.

The film takes a while to get going, but when it does go it doesn’t sputter in the slightest. It feels more like a sequel to “X-Men: First Class” because most of the story occurs in 1973 more than what happens after “X-Men: the Last Stand.”

The acting wasn’t out of this world, but the performances were all fairly solid. No one exactly stood out and gave a commanding performance but the cast stayed true to their characters.

The visual effects, the editing, the sound, set design were all very pleasing as well.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a very well-built summer blockbuster that works well on every major cylinder.

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