Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Film Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past [2014]


Director Bryan Singer tries to redeem himself after Superman Returns (2006) and Jack the Giant Slayer (2013). Going back to the X-Men franchise to adapt the Chris Claremont and John Bryne’s Days of Future Past storyline, Singer sets up the film which will lead into 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse and hopefully X-Men: Onslaught. In Days of Future Past, Wolverine instead of Kitty Pryde is sent back to 1973 to prevent the assassination of Bolivar Trask who created the mutant-hunting Sentinels. Keeping Trask alive will prevent a war between humans and mutants.

The film begins in the future as the X-Men square off against the enhanced mutant-hunting Sentinels. Wolverine's consciousness is sent back to the past to unite Charles Xavier and Magneto to help stop Mystique from killing Bolivar Trask. First they break Magneto out of prison with the help of Quicksilver. Meanwhile in the future each of the X-Men fall as the Sentinels arrive. In the present Magneto manages to control the Sentinels and use them against the humans as Charles Xavier and Wolverine stop him. Charles is pinned down and Wolverine is thrown into the Potomac River. Mystique realizes her mistake and stops Magneto and preventing the war between humans and mutants. 

In the future Wolverine wakes up and discovers all the X-Men are alive including Jean Grey and Cyclops. However in the ancient past a new evil in the form of the first mutant Apocalypse is coming. Director Bryan Singer redeems himself with the X-Men franchise 

RECOMMENDED – 4 OUT OF 5