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X-Men: Days of Future Past
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X-Men: First Class
restored some rude health to Marvel's flagging mutant franchise in 2011. A prequel set in the groovy 1960s and featuring younger versions of established characters (James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as blue-hued shape-shifter Mystique), it rejuvenated audience interest virtually overnight. Having kicked the whole
series off, director Bryan Singer makes a triumphant return, upping the ante with an ambitious time-spanning tale that puts the original stars - Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman - together with their younger counterparts. A grizzled Wolverine (Jackman) is sent back to 1973 by old sparring partners Professor X (Stewart) and Magneto (McKellen) to save the future from mechanoid mutant killers called Sentinels. Trouble is, that means convincing McAvoy's drug-addled (and now powerless) Xavier to bury the hatchet with frenemy Magneto, who's languishing in a vault beneath the Pentagon. Cue a terrific
-style rescue that introduces mutant speedster Quicksilver (Evan Peters). Indeed, there are plenty of memorable action sequences (not least the climax as past and future X-Men battle to avoid annihilation) though the moment when the two Xaviers have a quiet tête-à-tête is just as powerful. In the end, it's the compelling cast that makes the movie more than just a noisy action-fest: McAvoy and Fassbender are at their charismatic best; Lawrence demonstrates that blue is not the warmest colour; and Jackman is more mentor than mauler. Plaudits should go to Singer for making the franchise fit for purpose, and his rip-roaring recalibration of past and current X-teams should provide these characters with a bright new future.
In a future ravaged by war, the superhero team makes a desperate last stand against a force of deadly robots. Their only hope is to send Wolverine back in time to the 1970s, to join forces with an earlier version of the X-Men and change the events that started the conflict. Superhero adventure sequel, starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.
Cast & Crew
Future Charles Xavier
Dr Bolivar Trask
20th Century Fox
Swearing, violence, brief nudity
DVD and Blu-ray
22 May 2014
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