X-Men: Days of Future Past

Origin of the Sentinels

Ex-Men: Angel (Warning: Contains Adult Language. Parental Discretion is Advised)

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Director: Bryan Singer

Writers: Simon Kinberg, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Daniel Cudmore, Bingbing Fan, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Adan Canto, Booboo Stewart, Lucas Till, Evan Jonigkeit, Kelsey Grammer, Famke Janssen, James Marsden

Synopsis: The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG- 13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language


Ex-Men: Wolverine (Warning: Contains Adult Language. Parental Discretion is Advised)

Ex-Men: Magneto (Warning: Contains Adult Language. Parental Discretion is Advised)

Stevennix2001's Rating:

9.8 / 10

Pros:


- Wraps up most of the plot holes from the previous X-Men movies

- Story is well executed, and features a lot of strong social commentary on racism

- Special effects are great

- The cinematography is outstanding

- All the main characters serve a purpose, and never feels like a solo Wolverine story; in spite of him being the main protagonist

- Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Hugh Jackman deliver solid performances.

- Excellent fight choreography

- Time travel concept is explained rather well; in spite of the fact that we never learn how Kitty is able to send people to the past to begin with.

- Has a great end credits scene that sets up "X-Men: Apocalypse" nicely.

Cons:


- Some plot holes are never addressed like how Xavier came back to life from dying in "X-Men 3", and it creates a new one because it never tells us how Kitty developed the ability to send people back in time.

- 3-D conversion is lousy. You're better off seeing the regular version in theaters.

- Sentinels never look realistic

Time to review another movie there...bub...(pulls out adamantium claws)

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is not only the best "X-Men" related movie that I've ever seen, but it's arguably one of the best superhero films of all time. Loosely based on the popular story line in the "X-Men" comic book series. The movie essentially starts off in a post apocalyptic future, where mutants are constantly at war with these mechanical monstrosities known only as the Sentinels.

Humanity built an army of them after an incident that happened in the 1970s, as a means to protect themselves against mutants. Sadly, the Sentinels also targeted regular humans that carried the mutant gene that could be potentially passed on to their future offspring. As we see the beginning, we're treated to a wide angled shot of post apocalyptic New York. The city is laid in waste, as one could tell it's been devastated by war over the years.

Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) is somehow able to send mutants back in time, so they can warn others about this apocalyptic future. However, she's only able to send them back as far as two weeks because the mind can only handle so much before it starts to break. Each time a mutant is sent through time, the timeline changes completely, and the only one who remembers it before it was changed is the mutant that gets sent back.

In one last ditch effort to stop the war before it even begins, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) volunteers to go back to the 1970s, as his healing factor makes his mind perfect for time travel. Therefore, even if his mind breaks from going back too far into the past, his mind will be able to heal up quite easily. Once he's back in the seventies, he goes on a mission to find Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), to stop a horrific incident from happening. Although there's really no assurance that the war will be stopped by preventing such a disaster, but it's only reasonable hope they have.

Along the way, they meet various other mutants that help them like Quicksilver (Evan Peters), who possesses superhuman speed and reflexes. And, the film manages to tie in it's story line with real life historical events like the JFK assassination, and the Vietnam War. Indeed, this is probably the most ambiguous superhero film that I've ever seen.

Although Wolverine is the main character again, it never feels like another Wolverine and the X-Men story arc. If anything, it still manages to feel like a team film, as young Charles Xavier and Magneto carry the film just as much Hugh Jackman does. And unlike the first two "X-Men" movies, every main character that's introduced serves a purpose. None of them are wasted, and each one is given their moments to shine.

"X-Men Days of Future Past" doesn't even feel like a true superhero film, as it seems more like a science fiction spy espionage flick that happens to feature the "X-Men." The story is excellent in it's execution, as it covers so much. Hell, it even wraps up most of the loose plot holes that plagued the original "X-Men" trilogy. (i.e. Xavier's ability to walk in a flashback scene, in "X-Men 3")

Sadly, that's not to say that all the plot holes were addressed. For starters, it never fully explains how Xavier was able to come back from dying, in "X-Men 3." And, it even creates a new plot hole with Kitty Pryde, as it never tells us how she's able to send people back in time. Granted, it might be explained in the comics, but in the movie, it's never fully addressed. At the beginning of the film, she somehow has already developed the ability to send people back in time, so we're forced to accept it for the sake of plot convenience.

Although the concept of how time travel works in this movie was explained rather well, but it's never certain how Kitty was able to master such a technique. However, it never ruins the movie though, but it's worth pointing out.

The movie not only features a strong social commentary on racism, but it also manages to tell a deep story arc between Mystique and Xavier that it's arguably the best part of the film. Granted, Wolverine is the main character, and his story arc is still equally engaging. However, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence practically steal the movie from him once they're introduced. Plus, Michael Fassbender kills it as Magneto, as he portrays the character with a sense of cunning and refined dignity; while still embodying that intimidating presence.

Patrick Stewart plays the elderly Xavier with class and sophistication. While James McAvoy, he plays the young Charles as a reckless young man, who's lost his way. A man who's lost everything over the years, and ponders where his life has gone. Thinking he's lost his purpose in life, until fate intervenes. Like young Xavier, Wolverine too comes off as a weary warrior who's lost his way. A man who's tired of seeing all his loved ones die, as he desperately tries to right the wrongs of the past.

Indeed, each main character plays a pivotal role to play, as it never feels like any of them are wasted. Nor does it ever feel like it's solely Wolverine's story. This is a true "X-Men" film, as it was always meant to be.

The special effects are simply breath taking to watch. Although I hesitate to say they're better than the visual effects we've seen in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", as the future Sentinels never look realistic. Overall though, the visual effects are executed well, and I love the cinematography shots throughout the movie. The wide angled shot at the beginning gives the audience the perfect impression to allow us to see how dark this post apocalyptic future is. And, the rotating camera angles is a nice touch as well. The action scenes are well choreographed, as you can see the movements of the characters perfectly.

Plus, you really have to applaud the film for it's other technical effects like sound mixing, sound effects and etc. Not to mention, some of the humor is very nice, as there's a funny scene involving Quicksilver at the Pentagon that I'm sure many audiences will find funny.

Although, I should warn readers that if you choose to see this film in theaters, then I would advise against seeing it in 3-D Some of the scenes feature a particularly dark setting, which doesn't help the 3-D stand out much, so you're better off seeing the regular version.

In the end, I'd have to say "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is arguably one of the best superhero films of all time. Sure, there's a few minor plot holes that the film never addresses, but it's never enough to ruin the movie. Definitely worth checking out in theaters if you get a chance to see it.

Also, you might want to watch this film all the way until the very end of the credits, as there's a scene that sets up the next "X-Men" movie coming in 2016.

© 2014 Steven Escareno

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Comments 6 comments

Agentrinfer 2 years ago

End credit scene of X3 showed Xavier transferred his mind to a unconsious body in the hostipital. The commentary on X3 confirmed Xavier transferred his mind to his brain dead twin brother. So Xavier being alive isn't a plot hole.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

I'm aware of the scene you're talking about, as I brought that up with a friend of mine, when we talked about this before. However, it's never stated in the actual film that was his brain dead twin brother, so it technically doesn't count. However, the main gripe that I was bringing up, and this is something my friend brought up as well, it's that it's kind of too coincidental that Xavier was able to transfer his mind into an exact body double that just happens to be brain dead.

Again, if you watch all the x-men movies, they never once mention that he has a twin brother. Sure, they might say it in behind the scenes stuff, but most audiences won't watch stuff like that. Plus even if that was the case, then that would still be a problem though. Granted, it wouldn't be a plothole anymore, but it would reek of being a sign of lazy writing on the filmmaker's part.


Agentringer 2 years ago

Just because it didn't explain that he has a brain dead twin brother doesn't mean it doesn't count as an excuse for Xavier being alive if off screen the people in charge say so and so about a movie that makes that so and so true to the movie even if the movie didn't explain it.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

I get what you're saying, but you have to realize not everyone is going to watch the commentary of x-men the last stand, so a majority of mainstream audiences aren't going to realize that fact, so to them it'll come off as a plot hole. Also even if you do take that into consideration, it's still a form of lazy writing if you ask me.

However, if it makes you feel any better, I didn't deduct any points off this film for that one little nitpick. Believe it or not, some points I bring up don't automatically lead to a deduction in points if it's not really that major of an issue, as I'll sometimes bring up certain points just because they're worth mentioning, but it doesn't necessarily mean i'll deduct points for them. I did deduct points off because the sentinels didn't look all that realistic. Speaking of which, I just realized that I forgot list that in my cons list. thanks for reminding me. lol.


Agentringer 2 years ago

Not sure what you mean about the Sentinals.....the past Sentinals when not movine the past sentinals were actually real not CGI an actual prop for the movie as for the future sentinals....it was great CGI the Sentinals looked great...Not like they had actual Sentinals to use for the movie...

As for the Xavier being alive plothole i understand that the general audience won't know about the X-Men 3 the Last Stand commentary on Xaviers death but just because the general audience doesn't know why Xaviers alive doesn't mean it's a plothole in the movie.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Fair enough. I think you bring up a good point that it's not really a plot hole if that's the case, as I can't really dismiss what the filmmaker said about his own movie.

I just merely brought it up because most people that I've spoken to on this site bring up that argument, so I had to address it in this review. I didn't deduct any points off for that one nitpick because they said at the beginning of "X-Men Days of Future Past" that they already altered the timeline several times way before wolverine was even sent back to the 70's. Therefore, I just chalked it up to that in my own personal headcanon. I didn't know that's what the commentary said in "x-men the last stand", but that's good to know. Thanks for info.

As far as the sentinels go, I know the original one that they showed in x-3 was more of a prop that they used. However, I just thought the cgi rendering for the sentinels in this film looked obliviously fake, as it was fairly obvious to me it was cgi. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't terrible cgi rendering; otherwise i would've deducted more than 0.2 points.

I just didn't think it looked all that realistic whenever the sentinels were on screen. I'm fully aware that actual sentinels don't exist, but the thing is with today's cgi capabilities, I really don't see any reason why we can't have perfection when it comes to these types of films. Hell, there's no real godzilla that exists, but wb did a damn good job making him look very realistic.

The transformers don't exist, but they looked very realistic in bay's movies. granted, the transformers looked fake looking when they fought each other, but throughout most of the movie, they looked very realistic.

Hell, dinosaurs don't exist in today's modern world, yet in the original jurassic park films you'd swear those things were real. Don't get me wrong, the special effects weren't horrible in this movie, as i even listed it on my pros list that was one of the best qualities of the film. I just didn't really care for the look of the sentinels. I think if this movie had come out in the 90's back when cgi was still fairly new in hollywood, then I'd be in complete agreement with you about the sentinels; especially considering the special effects that were available around that time frame.

However, in today's modern era, I tend to expect a lot more because I know hollywood is capable of delivering more.

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