FILM: “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

May 29th, 2014, 9:00 am by Greg

Review by Pete Mason

As the title indicates, there is time travel in this, the seventh X-Men film and fifth to feature the familiar cadre of mutants. But this film does something “X-Men: First Class” did not – it combined the cast from the first three X-Men movies and added them to the new, younger cast, through the benefit of time travel. At the start of this comprehensive movie, mutants and humans are under attack from sentinels, and sending Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) consciousness back to his 1973 self is the only way to prevent humanity and mutant-kind from being wiped out. Totally uncomplicated, too – no sarcasm intended, just remember these mutants have special powers and all will be well.

What has been regarded as one of the best X-Men comic storylines is written for the screen by Simon Kinberg and Jane Goldman and covers all the bases, without leaving a plot hole or gap in the progression, either in the dark future or in the past. Time travel is needed to prevent the rise of the sentinels, mutant-hunting machines that X-Men fans have been waiting years to see lifted off the pages of the comics. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) is the brains behind the sentinel program, and his death sets into motion a chain of events that leads to the dystopian future we are presented with in the beginning of the movie. Going back to prevent his death is the only way to change the future.

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