Wolverine goes on a perilous journey that risks the entire future of human and mutants alike. He must not only risk his life to change a dire situation, but take face the perilous trials of convincing the younger versions of the mutants he knows that he is truly from the future.
X-Men Days of Future Past, directed by Bryan Singer, is an emotional and engaging film jam packed with tense situations and subtle humor. It catches you off guard and immediately snags your attention as it begins by throwing the audience right in the middle of all the action by introducing us to a dystopian future where large humanoid robots, known as sentinels, seek to destroy mutants as well as humans that may produce mutant children. The film takes an interesting rendition of these killer robots by making them sleek, agile, and adaptable to fighting off any mutant ability they may encounter. In comparison to the to their giant, destructive, purple and red comic book counterparts, they have a similar aesthetic effect as looking at the latest MacBook pro next to a solar powered calculator from the 90s. While the mutants do their best to fight against these robots they are ultimately losing the war for their lives. In addition to their agility and adaptability the sentinels are incredibly ruthless in how they dispose of the mutants. I’ll let you see it for yourself. The mutants, however, have the one ability that the enemy cannot fight against; time travel. Or a certain rendition of it anyway. The film takes a different approach on the concept of time travel as the audience is introduced to Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) who has the ability to stay one step ahead of the enemy by sending back someone’s consciousness to a past version of his or herself to inform anyone about what they need to do in the future. An ability, I’m sure, many wish they could do to themselves. It is during this point in the film when the legendary team of Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), Storm (Halle Berry), and Logan (Hugh Jackman) devise a plan to send someone far enough back into the past to stop the sentinel plan from happening in the first place. While possible, there is of course a catch. Doing so will tear apart someone’s brain due to the strain. So, that is where Logan comes into play as he is the only one who has a regenerative ability. Logan then goes on a journey that most people dream of. Going back in time to a younger version of yourself while keeping all of the knowledge and memories you obtained from your experiences. One can only imagine the temptation of stopping oneself from making some embarrassing and possibly yogurt involved mistakes. Logan survives the experience and awakes in his younger self right around the end of the Vietnam War. However, while his consciousness is in the past he is still connected to his future body and is still in danger of dying should the sentinels arrive. Additionally, if Logan doesn’t complete his mission then everyone else he cares about in the future dies a horrible robot massacre death. He seeks out the help of a younger Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and a younger Magneto (Michael Fassbender) in order to solve the greater dilemma only to find that they are very different people from the versions he knows. Logan must not only convince them that he is indeed from the future, but also guide them on the path that they need to follow to prevent a horrible future which subject to an assassination carried out by Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). Tensions rise as not only must they all fight for their lives in the future, but then begin to fight amongst each other for their ideals and goals within the past. Charles seeks to prevent an outcome, Magneto seeks to dominate humans, and Mystique seeks justice for the suffering of mutants in general while Logan must deal with it all. One can only imagine the headache at being the person in the middle of all the drama. Overall the film is presented fairly well as the structure and dialogue allow the audience to understand just what exactly is happening. Though a lot of the sympathy or pathos is established sole through exposition there are some genuine touching moments that is bound to resonate with the audience afterwards in some way. Additionally, the film does a wonderful job in juxtaposing the events of human made machines killing off mutants in the future and the mutants using their powers to dominate humans in the past; each event showing us two different results and sides of the same fear and anger. In the end, the film ranks a 7.8 out of 10 in my book. Definitely worth a watch.
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Starring: Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage
Director: Bryan Singer
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action / Adventure / Thriller
Rating: PG – 13
Runtime: 132 Minutes
Official Website: www.foxmovies.com/movies/x-men-rogue-cut
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Wiki Link: @X-MenDaysofFuturePast
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