The Radio Times logo

X-Men: Days of Future Past

  • Drama
  • 2014
  • Bryan Singer
  • 126 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Fantasy action adventure starring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman. With Charles Xavier and his X-Men struggling to deal with Sentinels, the robots that were created to hunt down mutants, he comes to the drastic decision to send Wolverine back in time in an attempt to change history and prevent catastrophe for both humans and mutants.

Advertisement

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

How to watch

Loading

Streaming

Credits

Cast

rolename
Logan / WolverineHugh Jackman
Charles XavierJames McAvoy
Erik LehnsherrMichael Fassbender
Raven / MystiqueJennifer Lawrence (2)
Professor XPatrick Stewart
MagnetoIan McKellen
Hank / BeastNicholas Hoult
StormHalle Berry
Dr Bolivar TraskPeter Dinklage
Bobby / IcemanShawn Ashmore
Kitty PrydeElliot Page
RogueAnna Paquin
ColossusDaniel Cudmore
BlinkFan Bingbing
Peter / QuicksilverEvan Peters
BishopOmar Sy
WarpathBooboo Stewart
SunspotAdan Canto
Major Bill StrykerJosh Helman
HavokLucas Till
ToadEvan Jonigkeit
President NixonMark Camacho
Senator BrickmanMichael Lerner
Young RavenMorgan Lily

Crew

rolename
DirectorBryan Singer

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2014-05-22
Guidance
Violence, swearing, brief nudity
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

News & features about X-Men: Days of Future Past

Advertisement

RadioTimes.com is getting better. Fresh new look, redesigned programme hub, richer content…

FIND OUT MORE
Advertisement

Sponsored content