Review: X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) Brian Singer invigorates the franchise 14 years after it's inception

May 22, 2014


X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014) Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Evan Peters, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore. Directed by Brian Singer

In 2000 director Brian Singer launched the X-Men movie franchise and directed the first two films, now 14 years later, Singer is back in the director's chair for X-Men: Days Of Future Past and not only does Singer invigorate the series, he turns out an exhilarating and highly entertaining film filled with a great cast, fan favorites, and time travel back to 1973.

The movie opens in 2023, a dystopian future where we find the mutants being hunted and exterminated by gigantic robots called Sentinels designed by Dr. Trask (Peter Dinklage). The survivors, Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Erik/ Magneto (Ian McKellen), Logan/ Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Storm (Halle Berry), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), and Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) are hold up in remote location in China and since there is no way they can beat the Sentinels they devise a plan that involves Kitty Pryde using her telepathic powers to send Wolverine's consciousness back to 1973 to seek out the younger Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and get them to help him stop Raven/ Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing Dr. Trask and getting captured where her DNA is harvested to help make the Sentinels indestructible. Along the way Hank/ Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Peter/ Quicksilver (Evan Peters) join the mission and the race is on.

It's great seeing this fantastic cast all together in one film and it's hard for me to choose who I like seeing better on screen, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen or their younger selves James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, you may have favorites but they're all terrific. Despite so many veterans in the film, one scene stands out as my favorite and it involves Quicksilver (Evan Peters) inside the Pentagon using his super speed powers to run around the room while everyone seems frozen and the song "Time In A Bottle" by Jim Croce plays in the background, he stops bullets, repositions security guards and weapons and when everything goes back to real time, the domino effect is hilarious. The scene is genius.

Being back in the 70's provides settings like the Vietnam war, the White House with President Nixon and a tie to the JFK assassination. Apart from the grand special effects and humorous moments, there is a real human element to the film that helps develop the characters even further. The X-Men is my favorite franchise of all the Marvel films and director Brian Singer does such a superlative job with this film that I found myself smiling through the entire movie.

(4 stars)