Days of Future Past a Solid Seventh Entry in the X-Men Franchise
- Friday, May 23, 2014
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Rating: PG-13 (sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Run Time: 131 minutes
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore
So it has come to this: hunted to the edge of extinction, it is painfully obvious that the X-Men are not going to survive without help. Solving this problem will require two sets of Xs. In what may well be the most superhero-studded film ever, X-Men: Days of Future Past features the cast of the original X-Men trilogy plus their younger selves as seen in X-Men: First Class. If you're a fan of the series, all this abundance is like gorging on ice cream. On the other hand, if you're new to the X-Men universe, go catch up and come back later or you'll be hopelessly confused. (As this is number seven in the series if you include the two "Wolverine" movies, there’s a lot of catching up to do. Go on. It’ll be worth it).
Back to the future: with their very existence on the line, the only ones who can save the X-Men are themselves. Not their current, old, battle-weary selves—their younger, cooler, seventies-era selves. Yes, it’s a time-travel adventure that sends Wolverine (Hugh Jackman, Prisoners) back to the Nixon era to try to stop the war before it begins. His mission: find the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy, Penelope), reunite him with a young Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave), and stop young Mystique/Raven (Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games) before she ruins things for everyone (sidenote: why are they called X-Men when so many of them are women?).
Once Wolverine wakes up in the past he has his work cut out for him. The Vietnam War has just ended and no one wants to go through another ordeal like that. Enter Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage, Elf), a scientist who has developed mutant-killing machines that will keep the U.S. safe from future enemies. Empathy is not Trask's strong suit. Like concentration camp doctors in WWII, Trask is perfectly happy to "experiment" on mutants in order to perfect his machine.
Meanwhile, back at Xavier's Institute, Charles is a broken man with few hints of the Professor he may (or may not?) become. Erik is not the easiest man to talk to for a variety of reasons that will delight conspiracy theorists. Getting them to work together will take all Wolverine's powers of persuasion.
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