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X-Men: Days of Future Past - Film Review

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Published June 15th 2014
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X-Men: Days of Future Past is certainly one of the better attempts to depict the epic band of mutant heroes on screen. Latter attempts have fallen to the wayside, we shall not name names, but director Bryan Singer has steered the filmic series back on a redeeming path.

Interestingly enough Bryan Singer directed both X-Men 2 (2003) & X-Men: First Class (2011), in which are the standout films in the series, proving to be some of the most popular with the fans.

Needless to say the adamantium skeletal laced mutant Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) takes centre stage for the majority of the film, but this is to be expected, Hugh Jackman has submerged himself in the comic book character Wolverine to the extent that it is hard to picture one without the other.

One aspect that I applaud Singer for implementing in X-Men: Days of Future Past is the level of action and violence, especially in the opening scene; where new age sentinels hunt down mutants and efficiently kill them all with cold unrelenting precision.

The pulp of this film includes two main characters from the Marvel universe, Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) and mutant shape shifter Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), otherwise known as Raven to her most closest acquaintances.

Trask, a 'non-believer' in mutant-kind, is the brains behind the sentinels. But after several attempts at mutant genocide, the sentinels simply weren't well equipped enough to see out their sinister task; a key element seemed to be missing.

After Mystique attempts to assassinate Trask and is captured, this key element presents itself to Trask in the form of Mystique's unique mutant genetic code.

Consequently Trask manipulates this code and amalgamates it with the circuitry of his sentinels, granting them significant advantage and adaptability when handling and destroying mutants.

The present future at this point looks doomed because of the folly of one single mutant. The X-Men come together and decide that the only way to change the events of the future is to change the events of the past. They thus send Wolverine back to the year 1973 where his mission is to recruit the help of a young Professor X (James McAvoy/Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Michael Fassbender/Ian McKellen), and Mystique.

X-Men: Days of Future Past has an engrossing storyline and plot. Bearing in mind that Bryan Singer has taken on the challenges of directing a time travel movie, there still remains a level of continuity in the narrative and fluidity in relation to the franchise.

Prequels and previous films such as X-Men 2 touches on the endeavours of William Stryker (who also features in X-Men: Days of Future Past), and X-Men: First Class; in which depicts the travels and relationship of Charles Xavier (Prof. X) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) - also seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

X-Men favourites like Storm (Halle Berry), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) all make an appearance alongside some new additions.

The character Quicksilver (Evan Peters); a mutant from the loins of Magneto himself, with the ability to move at extraordinary speed, is a great feature to the film. Scenes depicting Quicksilver prove to be amusing and highly entertaining.

The success of this latest X-Men installment is the return of director Bryan Singer. He has been able to produce a film popular enough to attract new viewers, interesting enough to appeal to the hardcore comic fans, and aesthetically pleasing enough to keep the franchise going strong.

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