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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Review

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Movie Specs courtesy of IMDB.com:

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

 Director: Bryan Singer

Writers: Simon Kinberg (screenplay), Jane Goldman (story), 2 more credits »

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman | See full cast and crew »

Taglines: His past. Our future.; Every hero, every power will unite.

Genres: Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG- 13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language

Runtime: 131 min

 

Loved the movie! Tons of action (though as a man, I could always use more) and a great cast, heck, even the X-Men from the future with very little lines were great in their fighting scenes, just conveying the almost hopeless battle set before them.  In the Y\year 2023, both man and mutant alike have lost the war to machines.  The sentinels have either imprisoned or killed most all mutants (and humans, I believe).  Moving over the world, we see what remains of the X-Men, a few familiar faces and a few new ones who have joined the fight (some great names that comic book fans will know).  These X-Men, even at their best can only hold off the Sentinels who have such advance technology that they adapt to any mutant power and then wipe out the threat with extreme prejudice.  How can they be stopped?  Take them out before they ever begin.  No one else but Wolverine would survive their consciousness being sent back so far in the past (plus, they need Wolverine everywhere it seems).  They need to stop the assassination of Dr. Bolivar Trask because his death is the catalyst for the development of these uber-sentinals which don’t become a problem until many years in the future.  It will take a young, broken Xavier and a young, cocky Magneto to stop this from happening and hopefully, they won’t make the future even worse.

Rating: 9 out of 10

Professor X and Magneto have a great dynamic in this movie, past and future.  Their friendship is something between rivalry and mutual admiration.  They have some rocky issues to get through but we see, in the future, that they eventually join the same side.  Magneto isn’t another cut and dry villain.  He’s complex and you can see why he stands on the side he does but he almost moves back towards the same tyranny which persecuted his family while he was a child.

 

Themes:

Can a person change?:  Mystique is on a dark path and Charles wants to help her of of it (with his band of hairy men, Wolverine and Beast).  Can her destiny be altered or is she doomed to be a killer?

Hope comes through pain:  Young Xavier is wallowing in self-pity and can’t properly function in a state of self-loathing and depression.  Wolverine and his future self drive to inspire him to hope again for the sake of himself and everyone in the future.

Sometimes, you just have to trust people:  While the future X-Men defend Wolverine’s body in the future, they hold on to hope that this time will pass away and something better will be left in it’s place.

 

Stay till after the credits to get a glimpse of the next X-Men movie!

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