X-Men,Days of Future Past (2014): A Time-Travel Movie That Doesn’t Make My Head Hurt

Note: Guess what? I didn’t put spoilers in this!

I didn’t know it was a time-travel movie when I stepped into the theater and bought tickets for this movie.

I guess the name was kind of a giveaway, but I didn’t really read the title. The fact that young Charles and young Erik were in the same movie as Old Charles and Old Eric was probably another giveaway, but I didn’t really think about it.

Wow, Hugh Jackman doesn’t really look like Hugh Jackman in this poster.

When they brought up the whole time-travel thing, I remember hoping that it wasn’t those movies with the extremely complicated quantum physics time travel theories where there are multiple alternate universes and people travel through those or it creates a different alternate universe or whatever else time-travel movies do.

X-Men starts out a couple of years in the future, approximately 2020’s, and there are these Sentinels, huge, ass-kicking, kind-of-mechanical robots that hunt down mutants and kill them. Also, they can gain the mutant’s power when they come in contact with it. Minor issue there.

Yeah. These bad guys.

Many mutants have died at the hands of these sentinels and, to prevent the extinction of mutants, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) has to travel back to 1973, before the Sentinels were even built to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), designer of the Sentinels, because that would lead the government to carrying out his designs to create these Sentinels, since mutants now seemed dangerous, having targeted one of the most known figures in the government.

Easy enough, right?

Not at all.

Several issues already come up before Wolverine even starts to time-travel. First of all, there is a time constraint, because Wolverine has to get back before the Sentinels find them. Second of all, he has to be able to find Mystique, which is kind of difficult because she does happen to be a master of disguise. Third of all, to stop her, he needs to get Charles and Eric to work together, which is kind of difficult, considering what happened in X-Men: First Class (if you haven’t seen this, I recommend that you do) and also that Charles is now a slight addict and Erik is locked up in a concrete prison about a hundred floors underground. Another minor issue.

However, at the end of the two and a half hours, everything gets resolved nicely. I did promise no spoilers, so I’ll just leave it at that.

An interesting and action-packed plot, X-Men: Days of Future Past is entertaining from beginning to end as Wolverine attempts to prevent the annihilation of mutants. The cast is, of course, fantastic, starring the very famous Hugh Jackman, but also with all these cool people like James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen, and a whole bunch of other cool people.

Obviously, not a life-changing movie, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I was slightly disappointed to see that Wolverine no longer had his shiny metal claws, since he traveled back in time to his younger body and all, but everything else made up for it.

However, my favorite part of the entire movie was Peter Maximoff (Evan Peters), which I think is probably a favorite for many viewers.

If you don’t think this guy is super cool, go watch the movie again.

This guy has the ability to move and think at the speed of sound. In the movie, these sequences show him moving slowly and in a very relaxed way while everything around him barely moves. Very cool effects. Even better use of slow-motion than The Matrix.

Here he is again. Cool powers and also pretty cute.

Holding a mischievous and kleptomaniac streak, Peter Maximoff provides a break from the seriousness of, you know, the entire extinction of mutants about 50 years in the future, as Evan Peters brings in a quirky and entertaining character that makes breaking into a prison seem like a breeze.

Conclusion: With an exquisite cast of characters and an entertaining plot, X-Men exceeds expectations (unless you have super high expectations or you were expecting a movie as good as Shawshank Redemption) and provides an exciting and enjoyable movie experience. A little taken off for lack of Wolverine being badass with his metal claws, but lots and lots of bonus points for Peter Maximoff, aka Quicksilver. 8.5/10.


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