Friday, 13 June 2014

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Film Review

As one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2014, the sequel to X-Men: First Class sees characters from past and future unite in one huge movie. 

In the future, Sentinel robots were created to destroy all mutants including humans with mutant genes, exacerbating the war between Humans and mutants. With the help of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), Logan (Hugh Jackman) is sent back to 1973 to correct the past.

Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is on the hunt of Dr Trask (Peter Dinklage) who has been testing on mutants for his Sentinel program. Determined to kill him, but unaware that the consequences of doing so leads to her capture and the spawn of advanced adaptive sentinel robots, Mystique ignores Xavier (James McAvoy)'s pleas and Magneto (Michael Fassbender)'s attack.

With Sentinels closing in on future Logan and Kitty, time is quickly running out. Will Logan be able to change the past in time to correct the future?

Whilst the premise for a film bringing all the characters fans have grown to know and love is a great idea, the execution of this movie is somewhat flawed. As with all time travel movies, the undoing of events render the progression of plot really no progression at all, and sadly we are left where we started with, mostly. 

Logan/Wolverine is pretty much the only one that gets any sort of past present fun and the whole film could technically do with a handful of characters. Everyone else just supports so a box could be ticked. 

That said, the film boasts excellent action sequences and visual effects. The mix of humour and stylish choreography make this a perfect Summer blockbuster to kill several hours with. A predictable but nonetheless exciting finale sees a few cameo surprises, but nothing significant, just feels like good Easter eggs.

Hugh Jackman- Logan/Wolverine
Jennifer Lawrence- Mystique
Michael Fassbender- Magneto
James McAvoy- Charles Xavier
Halle Berry- Storm
Nicholas Hoult- Beast
Ellen Page- Kitty Pryde
Anna Paquin- Rogue
Peter Dinklage- Dr. Trask
Bingbing Fan- Blink

The gigantic cast is sure to be a huge draw for cinema goers but the starring roles really just go to Jennifer Lawrence, who is sexy and slick as Mystique and Hugh Jackman, who is pretty much the face of the whole franchise with a potential Wolverine sequel out soon.

It was good to see Anna Paquin, James Marsden and Famke Jensen appear briefly but Evan Peter's cameo as Quicksilver is perhaps one of the show stealing performances of the whole movie, delivering humour and wit with absolute style.

'Days of Future Past' is a good attempt at bringing the characters from past and present together, but it does feel fractured between time and is unfortunate that everything that happens is undone. Thankfully, 'X-Men: Apocalypse' is in production which will follow this movie- only time will tell how they do with that one.

Despite the critique, this is the film to watch this Summer!

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