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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Review #215, Movie #286
X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Year Of Release



Bryan Singer


Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker


Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman


Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult, Kelsey Grammer, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Evan Peters, Lucas Till, James Marsden and Famke Janssen


In the future, Mutants are almost extinct... a third world war has erupted between Humans, Mutants and Human Sympathisers.
Any Mutant or Human that stands alongside them is rounded up, and terminated.

Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr now lead a small rebellion... their mission, to contact their past selves... and stop the eradication of almost two thirds of the world's population before it even happens.


I haven't reviewed The Wolverine yet, but I have reviewed the others and The Wolverine was in my opinion the best of the bunch...

That place has now been taken.

DOFP has managed what I thought was the impossible... they've cleaned up the continuity errors, added an extra depth to the story that reinvigorates the other films... and the filmmakers have done it with style, gusto, humour, loving loyalty and a serious tone throughout too that gives X-Fans something to really get their minds engaging with.

For a start, this film feels so much more complete than the others before it, with exception to maybe The Wolverine.
They've also incorporated a running theme, albeit in almost a cameo-of-scripting kind of way, by adding memory troubles for Wolverine.

The major difference with this film though is the story writing... even though you can look at this film as a "we're sorry for the past mistakes, we'll make up for them", the filmmakers have actually managed to fix the past errors, mostly the continuity, with exceptional pieces of plotting and sequences that are not just inspired, but also exciting to watch as they unravel.
It's definitely not contrived.

There is still one continuity error that hasn't been address directly, but it's so small tbh and can easily be explained away. So it takes very little out of the actual film.

The time travelling ploy is also used brilliantly. The writers seem to have utilised genuine quantum mechanics in terms of what would actually happen if you start messing with the past.
I give that touch 3 giant, malformed Mutant thumbs up for that one

The acting is also ramped up for this one.
The characters we all love have been twisted around, tweaked, moulded around a history... and every actor involved gives everything they have, on every front, to make this an X-Film to remember.

Rather than go into each actor though, I'll just say that seeing the talent on show here, all in one film, is a sight to see and they all play off one another beautifully.
Jackman however, carries this film even though it's not actually all about Wolverine this time round.
He has proven his solidity as a leading man in this one.

Were also treated to some exceptional action and effects sequences too.
Take the last few X-Films, they're good, but comparing them to DOFP, they're small scale. Not Superman The Movie Vs Man Of Steel small scale, that would just be a bit too much... but DOFP balances the brilliantly written story against the backdrop of genuine peril and extremely well choreographed action scenes and CGI/Practical scenes perfectly.


All in all, the best X-Film so far, very easily.
Exciting, fantastic action, brilliantly written, brilliantly executed and filled with recognisable and not-so-recognisable characters that we all actually know and love.
It's that good, it actually makes the others better. Can't rave enough about this film, and now, about the franchise as a whole either.
My last ratings were 84% for X1, 87% for X2, 89% for X3, 81% for Origins and 82% for First Class... I'd rate The Wolverine at 91% had I done a review of it.

My Rating: 98%