X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer (2014)

126min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Matthew Vaughn's 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 X-Men 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 Mission: Impossible-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 with a rip-roaring re-calibration of past and current X-teams that offers a bright new future for the characters.

Summary

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 uniting the casts of the original movie and prequel First Class, starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.

Cast & Crew

Wolverine/Logan Hugh Jackman
Raven/Mystique Jennifer Lawrence
Charles Xavier James McAvoy
Magneto/Erik Lensherr Michael Fassbender
Future Charles Xavier Patrick Stewart
Future Magneto Ian McKellen
Henry McCoy/Beast Nicholas Hoult
Kitty Pryde Ellen Page
Dr Bolivar Trask Peter Dinklage
Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver Evan Peters
Director Bryan Singer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing, brief nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 May 2014
Drama