X-Men Days of Future Past- Review

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By:Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)

We all have times in our lives in which we made a decision and the end results weren’t as we had anticipated. By a show of hands, how many of you have said, at some point in your life, something along the lines of wishing you could go make a different choice in a certain situation? I see a lot of hands raised out there. What if you could go back in time to change a decision, to right a wrong before it occurred, to have the courage to make a choice you didn’t before – how would that alter the future? Such it is in Bryan Singer’s latest in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past. The difference between the X-Men and us: the ante is considerably upped in their situation.


The year is 2023 and the world is ravaged by the Sentinels – machines created by Dr. Bolívar Trask (Peter Dinklage). However, these Sentinels are upgraded and able to use the powers of the mutants, making them nearly invincible. The mutants have banded together, led by Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen), and are on the brink of extinction. The only way to fix the situation is to travel back in time and stop the event, which led to this future, before it ever happens. The only one able to make the journey is Logan aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). So Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) sends him back in time with the task of persuading Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) to work together to prevent the extermination of all mutants. But will Logan be able to change the minds of these two men given their current circumstances?

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Now, X-Men: Days of Future Past is a little “thick” when it comes to storyline. With time travel and understanding where we are in relation to where we ended in X-Men: First Class, gaining one’s bearings may take a moment or two. And if you haven’t seen First Class, you should probably take the time to watch that first before diving head first into the latest edition. For the most part, X-Men: Days of Future Past is drama-heavy, but does manage to have a little fun in the form of the character Quicksilver (Evan Peters). And there are action sequences enough for everyone, but the real joy is found in the characters: where they are to begin the film and the transitions they have throughout. It seems each character is dealing with some underlying pain and each has their cross to bear. It is those individual struggles, plus the relationships they have for one another, that grips us and brings us in further into the plot.

Bringing back the actors of old to reprise their roles could have backfired with this film. After the debacle that was X-Men: The Last Stand, I think most people were happy to be rid of the old characters. But them being back here actually works well enough. Most of the old actors have minimal roles, as the film is based upon the new version of the X-Men, but the old characters give us a nostalgic feel, especially at a certain point in the film. In terms of the First Class actors, once again there were solid performances across the board. James McAvoy stands out, as his character may hold the most emotional burden of all. Michael Fassbender is great again, convincing us of where Eric is now and where he plans on going (or does he?). Jennifer Lawrence is given a bigger role this time as Mystique and she capitalizes on it with Mystique caught between a battle of who she was and who she feels she needs to become. But these performances aren’t possible without a well-written script, so credit to the writers as well.

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Considering the way the Marvel franchise has taken off, it’s safe to say that X-Men: Days of Future Past will be a huge financial success at the box office. With a strong cast and a continuing story, along with a smart script and great performances, X-Men: Days of Future Past will succeed where The Amazing Spiderman 2 failed. It has a week to bring in as much money as possible before Maleficent and A Million Ways to Die in the West are released, but I still see it doing well despite the competition from these upcoming films. Whether you see the film this week, next week, or in the future, X-Men: Days of Future Past is a film that should definitely be seen.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


    2 Comments

  1. MariamMay 28th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    This was a brilliant night out with my bestie. And Quicksilver kinda stole the show…

  2. JustinMay 28th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Quicksilver totally stole the show. Not sure why he wasn’t utilized in the film more. Maybe they plan on using him more in the next film?

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