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June 10, 2019

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) --- "His Past. Our Future... Everything Is At Stake."

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Hello, Movie Buffs!
     In 2023, the human race is on the brink of extinction, especially the mutants, by a new and powerful army of robots known as the Sentinels, who possess the skills needed to find and kill mutants of any kind. Now it is up to the remaining X-Men to change the tide and stop the Sentinels from destroying all of humanity. However, the only way to stop them is to send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), or at least his conscience, back to 1973 to gather the young X-Men and stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing Sentinels creator Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), whose death ignites the Sentinels project. Can history be altered? Or is the future set in stone?

    Directed by Bryan Singer (Bohemian Rhapsody), screenplay by Simon Kinberg (Dark Phoenix), and based off the X-Men comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) is the 7th film in the series and it is an even more epic adventure than First Class (2011). The film revolves around a desperate mission to save not one but two timelines and it is interesting to see Wolverine take on the role of being a mentor to his mentor, who is a very broken person at this time. The visual style of this film is incredible as it easily differentiates between the future and the 70s. The future is war-torn, dark, cold, and virtually hopeless, while the 70s is colorful, crisp, retro, and far removed from the First Class’s 60s era. The action sequences are much bigger than the last film and are also different during both timelines. The battle scenes in the future are brutal and deadly, while the 70s chooses to follow a more sophisticated path that culminates to an impressive final fight. All in all, the story, combined with the upgraded visuals and action sequences, is the best one yet with more depth all around, especially with the characters.
    The character performances are great. The returning cast members - Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Holt, Lucas Till, Anna Paquin, Ellin Page Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, and many more - recaptured their characters all over again, whether we last saw them in the First Class or Last Stand. They take what they did the last time we saw them and build upon it with much more character depth and emotion that allows for their character to evolve beautifully. New cast  members Bingbing Fan (Iron Man 3), Booboo Stewart (Disney Descendants), Adan Canto (Designated Survivor), Omar Sy (Jurassic World), Evan Peters (New Mutants), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), and Josh Helman (Wayward Pines) joined strong and played their characters respectfully.

    Overall, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) succeeds at being a thrilling and fun superhero film that takes the best parts of the X-Men series and uses them to follow a fresh story that makes up for past mistakes. The story is filled with humor, fast-paced action, and stunning visuals. Director Singer seamlessly differentiates between the two timelines The characters are relatable, especially the returning ones who continue to build on the foundation they set in their last film. In short, the character evolution and it's beautiful to watch. All in all, this is an entertaining and worthy addition into the X-Men series.

Final Vote --- 7.3 of 10 stars

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