The time has come for all of us who patiently waited for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ to breathe a collective sigh of relief as it hits theaters this Memorial Day weekend.
For those of you who think that you have seen every time travel premise, you will want to add this adventure to your list. After all, when will you have the opportunity to view the talented cast of Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage Evan Peters, Omar Sy and Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in one movie?
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ takes place during one of the darkest times in X-Men history when mutants and mutant sympathizers are targeted for extinction. The X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods. As a result, the beloved characters from the original ‘X-Men’ film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, ‘X-Men: First Class,’ in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future.
In the film, Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is chosen to travel back in time (1970) to prevent Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) from creating a robot killing machine, the Sentinels. Wolverine is chosen as the prime candidate since his body can rejuvenate from the perilous time travel trip. He is given the daunting task of convincing the younger Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) to stop Trask from getting a government sanctioned contract that leads to extinction in the future.
The action-filled scenes heighten the feeling of adventure as you experience this installment. Of course, the premise is innovative and different from any story line involving the X-Men thus far. One of the highlights of the film, is when Peter/Quicksilver (Evan Peters) helps Magneto (Fassbender) escape from his captors (there is even a hint at a connection between the two).
It is great to see the older and wiser Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) rekindle their affection and friendship in contrast to their younger counterparts who are arch enemies. In fact, Xavier laments that they spent too many years hating each other. Of course, it helps that both Stewart and McKellen radiate from the chemistry between them since they are fast friends in real life.
Raven /Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is the wild card and her presence creates an unpredictable element in the film. Once again, we are but voyeurs as she morphs from person to person in a form-fitting blue body suit kicking butt and taking names in the process. Yet, we also come to understand that the rage she wields is fueled by pain.
Despite the time jumps and dueling sequences on screen, it is possible to follow the storyline to its nail biting conclusion. If there is a downside to the film, it is the very short screen time allotted to the original cast. It all boils down to too many actors and not enough time. However, even their appearance is well placed in the film and welcomed.
By now, all veteran fans of the ‘X-Men’ franchise know not to leave your seat until the last credit rolls on the screen in order to view an awesome bonus scene. Take heed, you don’t want to miss it.
Rated PG- 13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language. It is in 3D with a run time of 131 minutes.