The “X-Men” franchise went through a rebirth with newcomers portaying characters in their youth. But it also adds on a new element, in merging the past with the future in the latest with the next chapter “Days of Future Past.”
In this blending of the old and the young dichotomy, it has to be handled delicately by not only the director, Bryan Singer, but also the actors portraying their roles to ensure character consistency.
James McAvoy /Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier) along with Michael Fassbender/ Ian McKellan (Erik/ Magneto) maintain their characters but are given moments that allows them leeway to show their character's change and transformation.
The on-again, off-again relationship between the two founding father of mutants with their diffrent ideologies will set aside their differences to stop Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), the father of the Sentinels.
In the future, these robotic mutant hunters and human enslavers, prove to be a foe that both man and mutants must unite against in order for their survival. Even though the Sentinels apperance have changed, they still have the same objection of detecting and hunting down the mutants.
Those remaining include Storm (Halle Berry) and a few band of other mutants, continuing the fight, but they realize that they can not continue to keep fighting and fleeing from them.
In order to preserve the mutant and human race, it’s up to Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to alter a series of events to save the dystopian future. With the assistance of Kitty (Ellen Page), he's transported back in time to find and reunite Xavier and Magneto.
Returning from " The First Class" is Xavier’s first recruit, Beast (Nicholas Hoult), who looks after the professor lamenting the loss of his friend, Erik, but as well as his surrogate younger sister, Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).
Adhering to the rules of time travel, Logan, is bound by limitation, but must continue to fight for the future. For once, it's Wolverine who is guiding the professor as the elder statesman helping him overcome his losses.
He helps him to become the voice of mutants in ensuring their legacy and survival while preaching co-existance with humans unlike his counterpart.
Erik is only along for the ride, but he continues to preach his message of mutant superiority over mankind while fighting for his fellow brethern.
Newcomer Evan Peters as Quicksilver steals the film from its premiere players, as the speedy mischievous mutant who’s hired to do the impossible.
The film’s portrayal of his speed in capturing the moment in time is worth the admission of a ticket. That moment taking place in a kitchen accompanyed by music doesn't need any words but only the musical melody for the audience to take in.
Things never go according to plan, and even with the altering the events of the past, as explained in the film, some events were intended no matter what the outcome.
Grade: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.
The original series helmer Bryan Singer pulls the difficulty in a blink and you'll miss them ensemble of actors while having to deal with the rules of time travel to ensure that the events of the past altered does not change the future for the worse.
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language.
Timing: 2 Hours, 11 Minutes
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Action, Fantasy.
- Director: Bryan Singer