X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
  • Time: 131 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
  • Director: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart

Storyline:

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

6 reviews

  • X-Men: First Class was a successful movie and a most needed breath of fresh air in the franchise, but everyone knew that the X-Men franchise would be getting its real rebirth once Bryan Singer returned in the director’s chair. It took over 10 years, but Bryan Singer finally returned with X-Men: Days of Future Past, which isn’t the best X-men movie there is (X2 is still holding that title), but is damn near being so. X-Men: Days of Future Past is the first movie in the franchise that introduces a time traveling element in the plot, in an attempt to fix any continuity errors between X-Men: First Class and the rest of the franchise.

    In the future, the world has been torn apart by a war between the mutants and Sentinels (giant robots made for killing mutants). In a desperate attempt, the last several surviving mutants send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing the creator of the Sentinels, Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), because that event apparently triggered the mutant/Sentinel war. But Wolverine can’t find Mystique alone – he needs help from the younger versions of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). However, Charles Xavier is addicted to a medicine that helps him walk, but makes him lose his mutant powers, and Magneto is locked up in a super secret prison below the Pentagon.

    The plot Days of Future Past isn’t a rather simple one – the movie occasionally shifts focus from the past to the future and back again. The plot is mostly described through exposition, in form of dialogue between characters. The quality of these expository dialogues isn’t always that good; especially in the beginning of the movie, when the characters explain to the audience the whole back story in 30 seconds flat. Nonetheless, after getting by that forced exposition, the movie suddenly starts being quite enjoyable, fun and interesting. Days of Future Past is possibly the funniest X-Men movie there is, filled with pleasant characters (Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters, stands out the most), great action sequences, and numerous amusing references to other movies in the franchise.

    All the actors in the movie, with a few exceptions, are comfortable in their roles and are as good as ever (after all – the majority of them portrayed these characters at least once before). The exceptions to this rule are Ellen Page and Jennifer Lawrence. Ellen Page, in spite of having a very short screen time, is very unconvincing in her role; and Jennifer Lawrence is unusually wooden, which is a shame since she is the almost sole cast member who has won an Oscar. Thankfully, there is much going on in the movie, so it’s not like their performances badly hurt Days of Future Past. On the contrary, the movie could actually be hurt by its third act which doesn’t feel like a real finale. Instead, it is a very mild ending to a highly entertaining movie.

    Rating: 7/10

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  • (Rating: 4,5 / 5)

    Bryan Singer is strongly linked to the image of X -Men, so much so that the talented director Matthew Vaughn gave way from the excellent “X -Men: First Class”. Because this move, it is not surprising the attempt to keep the focus of both sagas: the original saga, and the 2011 reboot; and to comply with the link, it took merely one of the most famous comics about the franchise where mutants are at risk and there is an apocalyptic alternative future

    “X -Men: Days of Future Past” follows the pattern we’ve all seen this year to be a product more in dialogue than action, although in reality this pattern was already a topic of the original saga. But in no way indicates that it will be the failure of “The Amazing Spider Man 2” because the dialogues are very good and Singer’s directorial style is great, keeping things moving even if is an artificial feeling (more theatrical suspense than true action). Certainly the movie seems to move forward with mythology rather than stagnate in “First Class”, so Emma Frost / White Queen does not appear (despite the 2011 reboot suggesting otherwise at the end). Wolverine is in the film as a secondary rather than a protagonist, although his appearance was inevitable because he is the emblem of the X -Men. The rest of the characters from the original series get a nominal face, more like cameos instead of deservedly paid actors. Whoever takes the best part is Michael Fassbender, who has improved and is quite effective in his villainy

    There is no doubt that when the action explodes, is spectacular (not as much as “Man Of Steel” , but at least this production is not as cold and distant as Superman). But when decide to take a break, the film contains dialogues that do not insult your intelligence, so the argument is interesting to follow. It is what makes “X -Men: Days of Future Past ” superior to other films of the year. Not all actors are well located: Jennifer Lawrence is much more relentless (Strikes more) than in her first appearance in “First Class” but when forced to exposure is still very sweet and sensitive, against Rebecca Romijn sultry ice (Mystique in the original series). McAvoy also has improved his profile as a cynical man and more hermetic in the world, but he is still incompatible with evolution to Patrick Stewart (something like “Nymphomaniac Vol 2″ between Stacy Martin and Charlotte Gainsbourg), partly because McAvoy looks like a 70’s stoned hippie (There were still hippies in the 70?) . But if you try to set aside these prejudices, no doubt that the millionaire cast helps to push the film and the interest. And someone to note is Evan Peters with his brief presence as Quicksilver, who gets the best humorous steps. Admittedly Quicksilver comedy tends to be too funny against the modest and serious nature of the film (like the scene where he reorders the context to deflect attacks and demolish the cops, achieved thanks to his gift of running thousands of miles per second; it’s the same joke you can see in the animated film “Over the Hedge” when the hyperactive squirrel suffers from an overdose of caffeine), but it never feels like a boycott

    But “X -Men: Days Of Future Past” is a perfect film? No, and it’s a shame because the grossest errors are due to a mountain full of little details. The previously mentioned performance errors (exacerbated by the fact that Lawrence has a significant role), and some fault of the script or the original comic: for example, the ambition to continue the franchise with revisionism in contemporary history (almost in the vein of “Watchmen”), which was fantastic in “First Class” but in small doses is pretty embarrassing, eg the nadir about Magneto tried to save President Kennedy because Kennedy was a camouflaged mutant (!). Some Deus Ex Machina as the fact that Xavier can walk if temporarily loses his powers (a script cheap trick for Xavier to accompany the team walking for the first part of the movie). Some gray areas in the Magneto / Mystique relationship, where eg Magneto attempts to assassinate her but then this event is forgotten (or trivialized, as if it were something common that someone wants to kill you); and in fact the relationship is contradictory as end up being enemies when both serve the same purpose of fighting against humans. And the already mentioned attitude of ignoring some steps that has been guided in “First Class”: besides dismiss White Queen, Professor Xavier here sometimes goes around talking about Raven (Mystique) as if she were a runaway love, when in the 2011 reboot she is the childhood friend and the relationship worked like his sister. The end result is an exciting adventure with occasional little moments that make scratching [if you ask, well the mess of time travel is not very understandable; and the beautiful Ellen Page is here more as a cameo]

  • Before I start my review I have a confession to make, I never read comic books as a child. Well I do remember being bought a Spider-Man comic once, I was probably getting on my mothers tits one day and she got it for me in the hope I’d shut the fuck up for couple of hours. So I apologise if I seem like a noob, however I do know movies and my god how many friggin’ comic book adaptations have we had since the 90’s? The X-Men franchise has churned out seven in the last fifteen years alone. That’s seven yeah, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. Fuck me, how can you keep it fresh? Answer: Don’t take yourself too seriously and make it fun, if the cast look like they’re having a ball then your audience will too!

    This is ‘Days of Future Past’s’ trump card. It has certain advantages of course, we no longer require backstory for the main protagonists so boring exposition can be shelved, we can also be thrown straight into the action due to our familiarity, plus cheap laughs can be gained by referencing previous instalments. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Well it’s taken em’ fifteen years to figure out but hey ho, better late than never.

    It’s pointless giving out any plot here, I mean you must be able to guess right? Let’s just say that some pretty heavy shit is going down which will threaten the very existence of the mutant dudes unless somehow we can get a crew of X-Men together who will utilise their unique powers to………………….blah, blah, blah, to save the day……blah blah blah. I will say this though, the guy responsible for trying to wipe out the mutants is a mutation of sorts who must feel like an outcast himself?????? fans of Game of Thrones will know who I mean.

    The one thing I’ve learned in recent years, whether it’s a comic book movie or not, is that you really need a decent villain, yet this movie doesn’t even try to deliver one and triumphs regardless. That’s very commendable I must say.

    You can bemoan the lack of screen time for McKellen/Stewart etc but with this many characters you’d need a five hour movie just to give them all enough time in the spotlight. They do try their best, I mean Storm does some stormy stuff and freezy geezer freezes a few bits and metal bloke turns metally. We also have a girl that can play portal for real plus some guy that seems to go red and scream a lot while carrying the worlds most ridiculous looking firearm.

    Enjoyment is the order of the day and I very much did, having a low expectation helped too. Scriptwriter Simon Kinberg keeps the pace high and the plot light so you can just sit back and enjoy the ride. No brain required, perfect for after a day at work. Bryan Singer returns as director after a ten year hiatus, he helmed X-Men I & II plus The Usual Suspects if you didn’t already know and he never fails to take his eyes off the prize remembering to keep it tongue in cheek all the way.

    With each passing instalment you always hope to find a new mutant with a cool special gift and we get that in spades with Evan Peter’s Quicksilver. His standout scene delivers the movies single greatest moment featuring a kitchen full of cops who get the run around quite literally while Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle” plays out in the background, he even has time to taste the soup, hilarious. “Thanks kid”.

    Comic book movies will never feature high on either of my ‘must buy’ or ‘must watch’ lists, personally I’m sick and tired of em’, but I can definitely recommend this one. You can never beat the Dark Knight Trilogy in my opinion, but this movie isn’t trying to, it’s simply trying to be the best X-Men movie it can be, in doing that it could possibly be the best of the bunch…………so far that is!

    8/10. A thoroughly enjoyable romp as they say with a surprisingly well written script.

  • Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back into the past in a desperate attempt to change the history and prevent a world that ends in doom for both humans and mutants. This is the film we’ve all been waiting for, the trailer is both exciting and incredibly confusing, but with Bryan Singer (X-Men 1 & 2) at the helm and a handful of originals back, everyone who is a fan knew this was going to be huge.

    Lets hope you’re up to date on your X-Men franchise, as this gets a bit complicated. There are so many things to consider in this film and lets start with my first gripe, Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart, not James McAvoy). For those of you that remember, in X-Men: The Last Stand, Professor Xavier was ripped to shreds by…
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  • X-Men: Days of Future Past 7.5/10- I have been a fan of the X-Men films all of my life and when I saw the trailer for this new X-Men movie, all I could say was “Please let this one be good!” And my hopes were more than answered. With a cast as talented as this one and director Bryan Singer fixing all of the mistakes made in X-Men: The Last Stand, everything worked out better than I could have imagined. Days of Future Past combines all of our favorite characters from the previous X-Men films with exciting new concepts and effects to engineer ones of the best blockbusters of the year and the most exciting X-Men movie yet.

    There is so much I could say about this sequel/prequel that makes it more unique and overall, better than its predecessors. The major thing though was the enjoyment of seeing all of the characters from the X-Men combined into one film. Anyone could have guessed that if X-Men could somehow do this than it would be a hit on this standard alone. The key thing though was pulling it off without ruining the entire film. I do not want to give away any specifics but Bryan Singer basically made his own version of time-travel to do exactly what was needed, and I have not seen this could of a time-travel movie since Back to the Future.

    The acting is my and pretty much everyone’s favorite part. This new picture features nearly everyone in it at the top of their acting game. I have seen all of the returning characters in other X-Men films and they all did tremendously well. The performances that I really enjoyed were James McAvoy, who plays young Professor Charles Xavier, and Jennifer Lawrence(big surprise),who plays Raven aka Mystique. I will be honest, I was a little disappointed by James McAvoy in X-Men:First Class because I knew he could have gone to another level of acting if he just figured out how to get there. He found out how in this brand new one. Jennifer Lawrence did not have as much experience acting in big blockbusters at the time of X-Men: First Class and now that she has, she was really able to display her confidence and comfortability in her character.

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  • Where do I begin? X-Men: D.O.F.P was absolutely amazing. It’s more than just a comic-book movie, It’s a spectacle. It’s a Dark, enthralling and undeniably exhilarating movie. There’s never a dull moment throughout the film.

    The movie is very well written and the story definitely makes sense. The story which is loosely based on a famous X-Men comic arc involves Wolverine travelling back in time to change the course history and save the mutants from their unrelenting end. The film marks a triumphant return for Bryan Singer, who many believed had lost his way with films such as ‘Superman Returns’and ‘Jack The Giant Slayer’, Singer is at the top of his game here and his direction could not be any better.

    X-Men: D.O.F.P is a movie that will please fans of the original trilogy and X-Men: First Class because of the nostalgia and it’s perfect mix of old and new characters. The cast is stellar, Led by Hugh Jackman, making his seventh appearance as ‘Wolverine’, It also features James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sir Ian McKellan, Sir Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Evan Peters, Omar Sy and Anna Paquain The acting is great, typically from Jackman, McAvoy and Fassbender, who give superb performances. Wolverine in particular is given the proper treatment here and this movie will please all the fans disappointed by his previous solo outings. Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters was subject to serious scrutiny by comic-book fans who were not happy the way he looked and many thought his character was a joke. The lesson here is, never judge a book by it’s cover because Quicksilver steals the show even though he’s in a handful of scenes, and gives what is easily the best scene of the movie. The visuals and cinematography are stunning and make the movie a further joy to watch.

    In conclusion, X-Men: Days of Future Past is an amazing movie. It’s a spectacle anchored magnificently well by Bryan Singer and one that will please movie goers and comic book fans alike.

    Final Score: 9.8/10
    -Khalid Rafi

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