X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer (2014)

126min
12A 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

Premiere. 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

Logan / Wolverine Hugh Jackman
Charles Xavier James McAvoy
Erik Lehnsherr Michael Fassbender
Raven / Mystique Jennifer Lawrence (2)
Professor X Patrick Stewart
Magneto Ian McKellen
Hank / Beast Nicholas Hoult
Storm Halle Berry
Dr Bolivar Trask Peter Dinklage
Bobby / Iceman Shawn Ashmore
Kitty Pryde Ellen Page
Rogue Anna Paquin
Colossus Daniel Cudmore
Blink Fan Bingbing
Peter / Quicksilver Evan Peters
Bishop Omar Sy
Warpath Booboo Stewart
Sunspot Adan Canto
Major Bill Stryker Josh Helman
Havok Lucas Till
Toad Evan Jonigkeit
President Nixon Mark Camacho
Senator Brickman Michael Lerner
Young Raven Morgan Lily
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