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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Reboots History and the Franchise

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Decades since evolution gave birth to the first team of heroic and villainous super humans, the world has fallen on hard times. In mankind's quest to subdue the rise of a new species of human, the Sentinels were created. As the Sentinels gained ground against mutant kind, they turned against those who could give birth to new generations, making everyone a target. In a final attempt to undo the decimation of the human race, Wolverine is projected back in time to stop the Sentinels before they had the opportunity to gain the advantage. In order to reset time and to save the human race, he must first reunite old friends turned enemies, before Mystique can strike the blow which could lead to our end.

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Taking a page out of the J.J. Abrams book of iconic reboots, 'Days of Future Past' uses the infinite possibilities presented by time travel to show us a world at its end and the catalyst which set its creation into motion. With Hugh Jackman in the role of a time hopping Wolverine, the mistakes of the franchise's past come together to recreate a universe where "X-Men: First Class" is recast as the progenitor of a new franchise, reasonably eradicating the events of all of the X-Men movies which came before it. Not only do we revisit characters from 'First Class,' but we also rediscover characters and subplots from the initial X-Men films. While Wolverine is a driving force, hoping to reboot the future, Jennifer Lawrence takes center screen, reprising her role as Raven / Mystique. If you are able to focus on the leggy blue bombshell's acting, Lawrence's screen presence is just as captivating as her ever changing persona. While time travel stories can go very wrong, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is complex, visually staggering, dynamic, and filled with powerful performances and strong characters. By far, it is probably the best of the X-Men movies, and an excellent way to revitalize a floundering franchise.

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