X-Men: Days of Future Past
Convinced that mutants pose a threat to humanity, Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) develops the Sentinels, enormous robotic weapons that can detect a mutant gene and zero in on that person. In the 21st century, the Sentinels have evolved into highly efficient killing machines. With mutants now facing extinction, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) volunteers to go back in time and rally the X-Men of the past to help change a pivotal moment in history and thereby save their future.
Release Date: May 23, 2014
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You're going to read a lot of reviews about why this film is so great, and they're all true. Easily, for me, the best movie of the franchise. So, let me skip right ahead to my take as a parent. To be honest, I’m a little surprised this movie escaped an R rating. With Bryan Singer pushing lines in every MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) category, you might get a bit annoyed wondering how this movie is deemed appropriate for 13-year-olds while movies like “The King’s Speech” are only appropriate for those 17 and above. Nudity, occasionally brutal violence, and a very defined F-bomb, this is definitely a movie parents should watch before they decide what's best for their kids. That said, if I were running the world, I’d give this movie a PG-15+ with some sort of disclaimer about how subjective my opinion is and how you as a parent know what’s best for your child.
Another course correction film successfully executed. To preface, this film was meant to clean up some of the continuity issues between some of it's predecessors, X-men Origins: Wolverine and X-men: First Class mostly but also X-men (3): Last Stand. Though one major question was still unexplained, namely how one of the X-men is alive again after clearly dying in Last Stand, but I'm hoping they're saving the explanation for a future film and not just hoping we don't care or didn't notice. What a film. Hugh Jackman was quoted months ago saying that this film was really three films in one; an original cast sequel, a first class sequel and a wolverine sequel. He wasn't lying. The fact that these three movies all fit in the time span of one film is incredible. I even wish it had been 30 minutes longer. And remember to stay through the credits. Nothing I say here spoils the film any more than the trailers and TV spots, but if you've been avoiding those, you may want to avoid the next three paragraphs as well. --Mild Spoilers Start-- This film starts in a presumably near future for the mutants as they are fighting an unbeatable foe for their, and that of humanity's, lives. Some of these X-men we're already familiar with from previous films and others are brand spanking new and have some killer superpowers. It doesn't take long for them to decide they can't win this fight, not today, not yesterday, heck not in this century. They decide they must send Logan back into the 70's to tell the First Class version of the X-men that they must come together to prevent this future from occurring. Of course, sending someone back is never all that safe or easy, neither is convincing a young heartbroken and sorta-paralyzed Charles Xavier to bridle his hatred of his former friend, Erik Lehnsherr long enough to join forces with him to stop a greater enemy. Wolverine is obviously stuck smack in the middle of this story, in both the uh, future present and this past. He does his usual job of entertaining the audience and kicking butt. --Mild Spoilers End--- This film was hyped to be huge and it delivered excellently. All the characters and all versions of them, young and old, were fantastic. The special effects were on par for what you'd expect from Bryan Singer. If I have one complaint with the film it'd be a selfish one. Some of the cast had very little screen time, but to have it be any other way, the film would need to have been four hours long. Considering the two hour and eleven minute running time, they packed a lot in it. The pacing was great, there wasn't a single dull scene nor was there an unnecessary one. I am truly very pleased this film was so fun as it's promising to know that the X-men still have story to tell and be relevant. I look forward to seeing future X-men movies, something I don't think I could honestly have said after X-men: Last Stand. 3-D: The 3-D is OK, not in your face or gimmicky, but I think the viewing experience would be just as amazing in standard 2-D.May 20th, 2014 · Details
An extremely entertaining X-MEN movie that makes a few hours seem like minutes. I appreciated the intensity, humor, and overall fun. It's definitely not shy on violence or profanity, but it's a fun action flick for mature teens and adults alike. I'm entertained by most comic book movies but have seen a few in recent years I didn't care for. I feel like this one brought X-MEN back up to high expectations.June 10th, 2014 · Details
The time traveling plot is clever and provocative. The acting is fine and the special affects are imaginative. For people who love the X-Men series, this movie will be thrilling, satisfying and emotionally engaging. ... See Full ReviewJune 6th, 2014 · Details
Like most of you, I don’t watch these superhero movies with a magnifying glass to catch every wink-and-nod reference to the source material comic books. One, because I haven’t read them, and two, because I simply don’t care. But what I do appreciate is a well-written story filled with interesting characters that make me forget about the outside world for a couple of hours. That’s really all I need. So with that in mind, get ready for an extraordinary adventure in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Yes, it’s really that good... See Full Review
The plot, loaded with the kinetic action sequences familiar from the first six films in the series, is quite simple. It's 2023 and the planet has been devastated by the Sentinels, fire-breathing robots first unleashed -- for American defense! -- 50 years earlier. As doom descends on the mutants known collectively as X-Men, the elderly versions of Dr. Charles Xavier and Magneto (Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen) argue about the need to rewrite history... See Full Review
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is an entertaining, engrossing superhero movie, with really strong positive messages throughout. Hugh Jackman is particularly good this time out as Wolverine. Even better, the movie has some strong moral elements. In the story, hope, compassion, peace, and faith cast out fear, hatred, violence, and distrust. This positive content, however, is marred by some foul language, brief lewd moments, intense action, scary robots, and some objectionable philosophical, theological, political content. So, DAYS OF FUTURE PAST warrants strong caution... See Full Review
Newcomers will enjoy the action and it may lead them to check out the earlier movies and the comics to find out more about the X-Men universe. Fanboys and fangirls will appreciate a couple of insider references. Those old enough to remember the 70′s will appreciate some insider references, too, like the recording device in Richard Nixon’s oval office and the synth-infused score. As in all the best X-Men stories, the themes feel visceral to our times — national security, the definition of “other.” Just don’t try to resolve all the temporal anomalies, and you’ll have a blast... See Full Review
Leave it to the X-Men to put the fun back in summer blockbusters. Hugh Jackman, in the role he was coiffed to play, and the rest of the crew from pretty much every film in this past, present and future franchise, deliver the action and the laughs in “Days of Future Past,” an all-star/all-X-Men out designed to transition from the aging first generation cast into their younger selves. It’s too long and so cluttered with characters and exposition that if you weren’t a fan of the comics, you may feel you’re being punished. But it delivers the 3D thrills and the Wolverine (and Quicksilver) giggles, and how... See Full Review
In its exploration of differences, this character-driven X-Men blends emotional resonance with grand spectacle, humor and intimate storytelling. Think of it as a thrill ride with gravitas... See Full Review