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Review: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is a blast from the future, best yet

'X-Men: Days of Future Past'
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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Although fans were excited for the arrival of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” there were some doubts in mind. Uniting both the old and new cast of the “X-Men” franchise raised a couple of eyebrows, would that be a little too much to keep up with? Will production be rushing things in an attempt to get everything done in one film? “Days of Future Past” was released late Thursday, and as it turns out it is the best installment of the franchise.

Upgraded with Mystique’s DNA, Sentinels have been released to hunt and destroy mutants. The machines adapt to a mutants powers, copying them to use to their advantage. Only a few mutants remain, and they won’t last for long. Not only is the mutant race being killed off, but so are any humans that stand in the way or defend a mutant.

Kitty Pryde sends Wolverine’s conscience back in time to when the Sentinels are still being created. It’s up to Logan (who already has to face the challenge of becoming a team player) to bring an imprisoned Magneto and depressed Xavier together, so they can stop Mystique from killing Dr. Bolivar Trask, creator of the Sentinels. Sure, killing Trask sounds like a good plan – it is revealed that his experiments have killed several mutants – but it is during his murder that Mystique is captured and experimented on as well. That’s where they acquire her DNA and it is all downhill from there. Xavier also wants to stop Mystique from being a killer, since Trask will become the first person she kills and he still has hope for her.

It helps that “X-Men: First Class” was a remarkable film, it brought the team together and the timeline between both movies makes sense. This might seem like a darker film, and it is, but the humor is emphasized at all the right moments. Eric’s and Xavier’s friendship is very fun to watch, the two have great chemistry.

Many also had doubts about newbie Quicksilver. Rest assured, he is part of one of the best and most hilarious scenes in the movie. Personally, I think it’s one of the most entertaining scenes. The character really adds the charisma and comic-relief this film needed. Wolverine also has several hilarious sarcastic one-liners. This brings me to my last point: Fans feared that by highlighting Hugh Jackman’s character, this would feel like “Wolverine 3,” but not at all. “Days of Future Past” flows through perfectly as the ultimate “X-Men” chapter, underlining several scenes and characters.

There isn’t one major do-or-die scene in the movie, but there are several very creative fight scenes that are sure to capture your full attention. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” delivers an entertaining piece for both long-time fans and newcomers. This is one you’ll want to watch again right after the end credits roll – which by the way, you should stay tune for!

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, and more. Run time is approximately 2 hours and 11 minutes.