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article imageReview: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is the perfect mutation Special

By Sarah Gopaul     May 23, 2014 in Entertainment
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is one of the most capable superhero blockbusters to hit theatres, displaying a total understanding of its franchise and utilizing all it has to offer.
Many have asked the question, "What if you could go back in time and prevent a significant event from occurring or a certain figure from rising to power?" The world would be a very different place – unless time really is a stream and you can only create ripples, but not affect the current. In a world of people who can control the weather or move at the speed of light, time travel does not seem that far-fetched. X-Men: Days of Future Past involves stopping one of the most significant events in mutant history: the creation of the sentinels.
Approximately 10 years from now, the world is a war zone ripped apart by advanced sentinels determined to wipe out the mutant gene. Hiding in Chinese ruins, Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Sir Ian McKellen) conspire to harness Kitty's (Ellen Page) ability to send another's consciousness back in time. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is the only one strong enough to survive the 50-year trip, so he volunteers. His mission involves convincing a pitiful Xavier (James McAvoy), ruthless Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and vengeful Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) that their actions will destroy everything they've worked so hard to protect. Persuading them that he's traveled from the future is the easy part.
As far as time travel movies go, this one keeps the mechanics and physics of it all relatively simple. Using Kitty's ability, Wolverine's consciousness is projected into his younger self with all the knowledge of the future. As long as they remain linked in this state, the past and present coexist. When the connection is broken and Wolverine fully returns to his present, any changes he affected in the past take hold.
This film unites the original cast with the actors that portray their younger selves, though they almost never share the screen. The remaining and new members of the “future” X-Men have adopted harsher uniforms that reflect their environment and hardened expressions after watching decades of the total destruction of first their race then civilization as a whole. Flashbacking to the '70s opens on a world of lava lamps, bell bottoms, paisley shirts and Pink Floyd tees; though Magneto's ascot is consistently eye-catching. The inclusion of a young and rebellious Quicksilver (Evan Peters) brings a wealth of humour to an otherwise ominous situation. There is an epic slow-motion sequence in which he repositions guards, bullets and tastes some airborne soup that is both impressive and entertaining.
Staying in sync with the comics, this picture introduces the hated Dr. Trask (Peter Dinklage), fear monger and creator of the sentinels, as well as a young and equally despicable Stryker (Josh Helman). Writers were careful to trace the origins of the sentinel program and the factors that would contribute to its failure or success, which mostly lead back to the actions of the world's three most influential mutants of the time. Using these parameters, filmmakers develop an exciting narrative that spans two timelines and confronts constant threats in both.
The opening and closing future battle sequences are enthralling and fierce. The powers of the mutants involved enhance the pace, but not to the extent that the fight turns into a blur of blows. Viewers are privileged to watch every teleport, fireball and ice wave as the X-Men try to ward off the unstoppable sentinels. But they must also endure the equally detailed and brutal losses as many beloved characters become casualties of war.
With most of the actors reprising their roles, there's little reason to doubt their already established talents. Newcomer Dinklage skilfully portrays Trask's calm determination, as well as differentiates him from his impersonator. Peters has a lot of fun with his character's mischievous attitude and it would be a pleasure to see him again.
This film weaves together a lot of elements surprisingly well, while remaining true to the original material and previous pictures. The parallels to racism and rebellion have long been understood to be a part of the franchise’s foundation and remain core elements of this narrative. The movie covers all of its bases so well that it is probably one of the most competent and entertaining entries in the superhero category to date. But they're not stopping here. Stay for the post-credits teaser for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender
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