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X-Men: Days of Future Past (movie)

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: PG-13“ (2 Hour, 10 Min)

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Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry

Directed by: Bryan Singer

It is the not so distant future only everything has changed, everything is wrong, and the world has descended into chaos and terror. Fear of diversity has spawned a radical agenda that has put everyone in jeopardy, including those that initiated the pogrom in the first place. This is now the future of mankind, or is it?

As we enter this film, mutants are being hunted down by an army of robotic soldiers who have been tasked with either capturing or destroying them, and those heroes that are left are staging a holding action to attempt one last desperate measure to rectify the problem and end the insanity, by sending one of their member back into the past in order to stop the mutant-hunting sentinels before they rise to become an unstoppable power that will wipe them all out. To this end, the ultimate ensemble X-Men must fight a war for the survival of, not only their species but for humans as well that spans across two time periods.

Here, in this film, we not only get to see many of the characters from the original X-Men film trilogy, but some of those that appeared in First Class, as well as numerous others who have only heretofore been seen in the comics, as they all join forces in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future. The X-Men from the future send Wolverine back into the past in a desperate bid to alter history and prevent one of their number from committing a crime that will set the future on its catastrophic end.

This series of films continues to reinvent itself as it taps into one of the comic’s epically legendary storylines that not only ties together all of the previous films, but continues to successfully tap the source material for filmable stories. As with both Captain America: Winter Soldier, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past understands that a quality film isn’t all just “Superhero stuff” there is action, yes, but there is also drama, pathos, and even humor. As with those films so too does thjis film hjave the stuff to elevate the movie above just “another” superhero flick, into an actual movie that simply happens to be about people with extraordinary powers who wear spandex.

Oh, and as with other Marvel comic films, you need to wait until the end of the credits to get a tip on one of the upcoming films in have in store for our future.

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Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.

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