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Review- “X-men: Days of Future Past” - stunning movie of epic proportions

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X-men Days of Future Past

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In this movie, we follow Wolverine (Jackman) as he is given the hard task of trying to reunite all the mutants and stop a war that is going to happen in the future. The first task is stopping Mystique (Lawrence) from killing Trask (Dinklage).

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Right away we get into the action of the film as we get to see into the future from the last X-men movie and how they are all being killed by Sentinels, a guard against mutants created by a doctor named Trask (Peter Dinklage). The future mutants send back Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in an attempt to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing her because she is the key to the Sentinels success.

Of course, it’s not an easy task for Wolverine as younger Xavier (James McAvoy) is none too happy with losing not only his closest friend Mystique, but also another good friend in Eric (Michael Fassbender). Wolverine takes on the task, along side The Beast (Nicholas Hoult), to try and unite the mutants from the past so that they can stop the Sentinel program from becoming a thing in the future.

Time travel in any concept is very hard to do. It’s hard to explain and it’s hard to paint a clear picture of the past and the future. The trailer made it seem like it was a bit confusing, but the movie flows so nicely from future to past, that you don’t get lost at all.

Director Bryan Singer did an amazing job at connecting the mutants from the past with the mutants of the future. He took off right where Matthew Vaughn (director of First Class) left off but with it being 10 years from that time period, it allowed him to expand the mutant universe and make it his own. He did things on a much larger scale and didn’t leave any stone unturned.

This movie is without a doubt the best X-men movie to be made. It’s a solid story line and the action and fighting sequences are exquisite. The movie keeps you at the edge of your seat the entire time as you watch it unfold on the big screen. This movie loops all the X-men movies together and helps move it into the future.

The actors certainly stepped up in this movie. James McAvoy certainly showed that even Professor Xavier had some doubts about the mutant race in his lifetime and was able to capture that darkness that he had after losing two people that he loved. Jennifer Lawrence certainly came in her own as Mystique and it’s no wonder that they will try and make a Mystique spin-off (though it seems like a slap in the face sometimes to Rebecca Rominj who was phenomenal as Mystique in the first 3 X-men movies). Nicholas Hoult and Michael Fassbender put in solid performances, and the addition of Peter Dinklage added another element to the movie.

What is most exciting about the movie is all the little ‘Easter eggs’ that were left behind and the number of cameos that the movie did. Literally everyone who was ever in an X-men movie was in this movie even if for a short period of time. And the best connection, or ‘egg’, is when Striker was introduced into the movie from the ‘70s and his importance to the series.

Overall, this is an amazing movie that you do not want to miss out on. It fixes what went wrong with X-men 3 and helps the franchise move forward into the future.

X-men Days of Future Past stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Nicholas Hoult and is rated PG-13.

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