The war has come and Mutants are a species on the brink of extinction. They and their kin are hunted and taken out with absolutely no mercy. Some have outrun their hunters, but they are fast running out of places to hide. What if there was a way to stop this war happening before it even begun? X-Men: Days of Future Past is reviewed after the jump.
The year is 2023 and highly developed robots hunt the Earth eliminating mutants and any humans who have genes that could produce mutants in future generations. The solution? Go back in the past and stop an event which set the development of the robots (known as Sentinels). While he is not the obvious candidate, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is the only one whose body can handle the stress of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) transporting their consciousness decades into the past. The task at hand is great, and he’ll need the help of his fellow X-Men, who as we know, weren’t always on the same page.
Hugh Jackman is the undeniable star of the film, which is set 10 years after the events in The Wolverine. I liked Wolverine in this film far better than in any of the actual “Wolverine” films. His role here was a fascinating one – the bridge between the past and the present. While his brawn is always useful, it’s his communication skills and his brain which are far more important for this task. He was out of his comfort zone and was forced to convince two great minds that they needed to work together. James McAvoy as Charles Xavier was undeniably fun to watch, a roguish young man who had not yet learnt to deal with his considerable powers. While the 3D was unnecessary, the CGI was well done and large-scale action scenes were impressively executed.
On the down side the hammy dialogue was incredibly distracting at times and did garner a few eye-rolls. Michael Fassbender came off the worst in turns of script, with most of his lines pumped up with inflated hyperboles and profound statements. Most performances were good, however the President of the United States was absolutely laughable and sounded like he was speaking with cotton balls in his checks. I also had to laugh at the JFK connection in the film. Oh come on, really? I didn’t even know Omar Sy was in the film until I saw his name in the credits. He is an actor with great charisma, so I hope that his character gets the chance to appear in a greater role in subsequent films.
I want to keep this spoiler-free but I have to touch upon the ending. Did anyone else think this was an incredibly lazy and convenient plot device? Or was it clever, a way to take the franchise to new places? It worked in the context of the film but I tend to think it was a little bit of a cop-out in terms of the development of the series from here. Any guesses where the series will go to next? The possibilities really are endless.
By Sam McCosh
Director: Bryan Singer
Writer(s): Simon Kinberg (screenplay)
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen
Runtime: 131 minutes
Release date(s): Australia & New Zealand: May 22 2014; USA: May 23 2014