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Movie Review: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Close but No Cigar

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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“Just because someone stumbles and loses their path doesn’t mean they can’t be saved.”– Patrick Stewart as Professor X

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What’s good: Great plot and cool to see familiar faces.

What’s not good: Those familiar faces don’t do enough throughout.

What happened: How many times has Hugh Jackman played the Wolverine character now? ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ officially makes it seven so far (and yes his cameo in ‘X-Men: First Class counts too). While this latest X-Men flick is an amazing film, it unfortunately just falls short of perfection.

In the not too distant future, the world has found a way to hunt and kill all mutants. The mutants have finally found their match and their entire race is close to extinction. All that remains of the uncanny X-Men are Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen) and a few others; but the machines known as the sentinels are closing in fast. Professor X devises a very risky plan to save them that only Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) can survive. He is ordered with the perilous task of traveling back in time to stop one of their own from starting the war.

In 1973, Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) was determined to exact revenge on those responsible for what happened to her friends. Her family is gone and now she is lost. Boliver Trask (Peter Dinklage) is in charge of a new program that uses machines that can hunt mutants. All he needs is one important element to make the sentinels invulnerable. Meanwhile, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is not what he once was. He has fallen on hard times and is absolutely furious with Erik (Michael Fassbender) for his crimes against America. Wolverine must somehow find a way to get these two enemies to work together and stop Mystique before it’s too late.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is so much fun to watch! Seeing the mutants fight to the death against the sentinels is exhilarating. The movie gets started right away with great action and special effects. It was awesome to see familiar faces like Storm (Halle Berry) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) back in action. On a side note, those who watched ‘The Wolverine’ will be looking for an explanation about Logan’s claws in the future. The time travel concept was great as it allowed audiences to see how the past can affect the future. Michael Fassbender as Magneto is, by far, the best part of this film. Every scene he is in is intense and exciting. It was great to see him square off against everyone at the end of the film. Of course the good guys are supposed to win, but deep inside you will wish he had more screen time and had actually won.

What prevents ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ from being a perfect film are two key issues. The first is that the old familiar faces we wanted to see never really get to do much at all. Audiences were excited to hear that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen would reprise their roles as Prof. X and Magneto in this film. It’s too bad that they didn’t receive enough screen time to do very much. They should been far more important throughout the story. The second problem is that we never understand why Trask is so hell-bent on destroying mutants. There were a few hints, but nothing was ever clarified. Resolving these two issues would have this great film flawless.

Bottom Line: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is an excellent addition to the franchise and is worthy of your hard earned cash.

Grade: A-

Rating: PG-13 Run time: 2 hours, 11 minutes

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