‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ (2014, 12A)

The sequel to the amazing ‘X-Men-First Class’, does ‘Days Of Future Past’ deliver or is i just another failure to get lost in time?

The film opens with scenes of a dystopian world with Patrick Stewart’s Professor X monologuing about how the world has changed. We then get a brief action scene where I had no idea what was going on and a confusing ten minutes before we see some familiar faces and all is explained. Robots called Sentinels that are programmed to take out mutants have done just that, leaving the world as a waste. This future can be changed, however, and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) consciousness is sent to his past self’s body to stop the construction of the Sentinels from taking place and for mutant-kind and the world as we know it to survive.

I didn’t really have much of an idea of what was going on throughout the film, but those fifteen minutes or so were really quite confusing. The bulk of the film is set in 1973 with Wolverine, young Xavier (James McAvoy) and Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) rushing around the world to try and stop the Sentinels from being built. I do like the way that the film addressed the ten years between ‘First Class’ and ‘Days Of Future Past’; you understood what had happened in that time, but without the film spending too much time on the matter.

There’s a few more action sequences in this film than its predecessor, but I’m not sure if I like it. To me, this film felt rushed and that it was missing something. One scene that I did really, enjoy, however was the Quicksilver Scene. Arguably the best character in the entire film, Pietro Maximoff A.K.A. Quicksilver’s (played by Evan Peters) mutant ability is to run at incomprehensible speeds. He only has a short amount of screen-time – ten minutes at the most – but the scenes he is in are always the best. There is one memorable scene with him in it that occurs quite early on in the film and sees Maximoff running around a kitchen while Xavier, Wolverine and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) are being shot at. With his super-speed, he runs around the entire room, rearranging the bullets and the shooters’ positions to keep Xavier and his friends alive while also having some fun. I thought this scene was done really well as, rather than the traditional way of portraying super-speed with the scene occurring in real-time and the runner being jus a blur, the scene had Maximoff running at perhaps walking pace and the world slowing down around him. This is an original take on portraying the power and I think this scene is one of the few things this film has got going for it.

As to be expected with a film that uses time-travel, there are quite a few holes in the plot. However, some as easy to avoid as glancing back at the script of the previous film to see what a certain character said snuck their way in and just brought the film down for me. I felt the film dragged a bit and that it just wasn’t all I expected it to be.

Overall, ‘Days Of Future Past’ is a visually spectacular movie with special effects to impress all. However, the plot felt rushed and it was quite confusing and sometimes boring, meaning I’ll have to give ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ six-out-of-ten.

6/10.

 

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