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Review: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” wows with weaving storylines


Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The 7th film in the “X-Men” series, “Days of Future Past” is nothing short of an extremely fun super-hero summer blockbuster.

With its all-star cast, combining older cast members with the newer ones, Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman, of course) is sent back in time to try and stop an attack that will wipe out all of the mutants in the future. Patience is not one of his strong suits, however, so the young and apathetic Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) proves to be an unexpected challenge, but that is only the beginning.

The year is 1973 and the war in Vietnam is coming to a close. Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) is lobbying his latest creation: sentinel robots that can target and eliminate mutants. Targeted by Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) for assassination, Wolverine must stop her from doing so with the commitment of Professor X and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). If the assassination were to be executed, the plans would then be seen as legitimate, leading to the versions of the sentinels that would bring about the extinction of the entire mutant race.

The story takes many twists and turns throughout its 2 hour and 11 minutes of screen time. Arguably the best appearance is that of Magneto’s son Quicksilver (Evan Peters). The other stellar performances from the film’s cast include those of Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart.

One of the biggest forms of excellence in the film is the writing. Simon Kinberg wrote the film’s screenplay and incorporated the classic X-Men fare with the addition of historic fiction. It is also interesting to see the way the hard times have changed the beloved younger versions of the X-Men.

Any fan of the X-Men films will find that this one goes above and beyond to thoroughly entertain and overwhelm. It is worth the price of a 3D ticket; go all the way with this one. It is also a great sci-fi/action film to kick of your summer blockbuster “to see” list.

Over the weekend, this Bryan Singer-helmed gem dominated its competition at the box office. It shot straight to the number one spot, taking over the new “Godzilla” reboot with an estimated $111 million – $302 million globally. Be sure to sit tight after the end credits, there is a cut scene that teases the next film to be released (as of now) on May 27, 2016 — “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is now playing in theaters everywhere in 3D as well as regular 2D digital projections.

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