10 Things to Know About...X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Doc Brown warned of the pitfalls of meddling in your own affairs when traipsing around the past but he couldn’t have come up with a better and more original concept for a superhero movie than what the new “X-Men” has cooked up. Based off the comic of the same name, “Days of Futures Past” sees Bryan Singer (“X-Men”, “X-2”) back into the director’s chair and Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: The Last Stand”) writing again for this cross-over event of young and old super heroes. It’s the kind of juice the “X-Men” movies could use (lets face it, “Stand” wasn’t great, neither were the two Wolverines, and “First Class” feels like a toss-up depending on who you ask) but unfortunately this doesn’t feel like it’s going to right the ship. Here’s why:




1.       Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is tasked with going back in time to stop Raven, a.ka Mystique, (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing scientist Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), the man responsible for building mutant-killing sentinels, which somehow created another dark, ugly future for everyone. To do this, Wolverine will have to convince Charles (James McAvoy) and Eric (Michael Fassbender) to put aside their differences. Don’t expect Jackman to sing “Johnny B. Goode” at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance though. Hell, after a while I’d take him doing anything from “Les Miserables” again. The plotting is mostly all complicated entanglements, stretched for far too long, played far too seriously. -1

2.       Jackman, Fassbender, Dinklage, and Lawrence hardly have anything to do while Ian McKellan (Magneto, Eric), Patrick Stewart (Professor X, Charles), Ellen Page (Kitty Pride), Halle Berry (Storm), and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman, Bobby) just stand around in the future looking worried. -1

3. The only real dramatic story arc here comes from McAvoy, who begins the film as a drunken lush taking injections both for his broken legs (this film takes place after “First Class”) and to rid himself of the voices in his head only to finally figure out how to man up and start acting like Patrick Stewart already. +1


4.  It wouldn’t matter so much if the film had some decent action sequences but this is another summer movie that saves all of its spectacular stuff until the end. Watching cars flip over and Raven kick someone in the head hardly counts as an adrenaline boost. -1


5. One definite scene stealer is Evan Peters as Quicksilver. He has the best scene in the film, a speedy run around the room, reorganizing everything else that is happening around him in slo-motion. He’s hilarious, the only drawback is that he doesn’t have more scenes. +1


6. It’s been done worse before but let’s give the film some points for having a really ridiculous-looking, in a good way, make-up job done on Richard Nixon. +1


7. It’s been done before and not really employed with much dread or suspense here so the giant flying robot sentinels don’t make the cut. -1


8. A complicated-looking and way overdone chase sequence involving running thru walls and creating portals begins the film, but hell if you can figure out what’s going on or who is fighting who. -1


9.  The special effects work continues to look good. People fly away or freeze with a wave of Magneto’s hand, Mystque seamlessly transforms into whoever she wants, while Beast (Nicholas Hoult) transforms into…well, a beast. +1


10.   A sequel that tries to forward the stories of three films (the X-Men franchise, the rebooted “First Class” franchise, and the “Wolverine” franchise) doesn’t come along very often so I gotta give this one a point for trying. +1


Final Score 5/10- Maybe this whole X-Men thing just isn’t for me, I’ve gradually lost interest after “X2”. Fans may love this thing, the story is ambitious and it packs a heck of a lot of characters into one movie. Others may find that that’s exactly the problem with this movie though.