Lead cast: Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page Screenplay: Simon Kinberg Music: John Ottman Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel Editor: John Ottman Genre: Action, adventure, sci-fi, fantasy Distributor: 20th Century Fox Location: China, Paris, Washington DC Running time: 131
Technical assessment: 3
Moral assessment: 3
MTRCB rating: PG
CINEMA Rating: V14
Kitty Pride (Ellen Page) uses her ability to project a person’s mind back in time to launch a mission of changing the course of events that could have determined the fate of X-Men eternally. One crucial step of the mission is to prevent Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating Sentinel leader Trask (Peter Dinklage) and not to make him a martyr for manipulating the future of mutants. This mission sends Logan’s (Hugh Jackman) consciousness back in time from 2023 to 1973. Logan seeks and convinces Charles to cooperate in freeing Magneto (Michael Fassbender/Ian McKellen) from prison and be part of the mission. With the help of fast-moving mutant Maximoff /Quicksilver (Evan Peters) who penetrates the prison cell in The Pentagon, Magneto is freed. In Paris where the negotiation to end the Vietnam war is taking place, Raven impersonates a Vietnamese officer in order to kill Trask.
X-Men Days of the Future Past is a spectacular movie that offers exciting effects to the thrills of the viewers. The idea of travelling back in time has always been a treat to moviegoers. The plot development struggles a bit as always the problem with multiple characters. However, it still succeeds in keeping the focus of the story which is the mission. The movie successfully weaves into a fresh conflict previous installment plots which rationally allows the resurrection of old characters. It helps if a viewer has seen the previous X-Men movies so they can build on the storyline of each character. There is not much to commend in acting except for Lawrence's flawless portrayal of an indignant woman searching for retribution and Dinklage’s depiction of a scientist consumed by the desire to eliminate those who are different. Viewers celebrate the charismatic connection between past and present Professor X and Magneto in McCoy and Fassbender (the younger version) and Stewart and Mckellan (the older versions). The director is an emotional storyteller with a keen sense of balancing post production techniques with the narrative.
If there is one thing that works in this genre, it is the ability to explore the struggle to be human. There is tenderness and vulnerability as it outstandingly portrays heroism, wit, friendship and survival interjected in historical events; humor is also injected through the blindingly fast moves of Peters’ character, Quicksilver. Amidst the consecutive superhero movies, this reimaging of X-Mens delightfully reminds viewers how overpowering this genre is. Trust amidst betrayal, self-sacrifice against self-preservation, heroism in the face of extinction. These are some of the more prominent themes the film delivers. But more importantly, it emphasizes that trust, sacrifice and heroism are weapons we can use to make our future better. We might not have the capability of going back in time to rewrite history but destiny is not a pre-determined course. Every single day, through our choices, we have the ability to redeem ourselves and make the world better for everyone. Charles Xavier beautifully says that no person is permanently evil as long as he has the desire and will to reform his life. While there are flawed moral discourses both on insisting on diplomacy, human nature and survival, the overall message drives home a strong point. The film has several scenes and material inappropriate for children below 13, parents are advised to provide adequate guidance.