The X-Men send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
As an X-Men fan I was not disappointed with this film at all. As the current world is in a terrible state, Wolverine is sent back to the 70s he must get Charles Xavier (Professor X – James McAvoy) and Eric Lehnsherr (Magento – Michael Fassbender) to work together and stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from shooting Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Linkage) otherwise the Sentinels – big robots who are meant to kill just mutants but eventually also kill humans too (with a good reason explained in the film) – will be given the green light by the president and the world will become a disaster.
When I first heard that some of the mutants in the X-Men: First Class were not appearing in this film I wondered why and was slightly disappointed but luckily the film explains why certain characters did not make the sequel. The film has a lot of action – especially in the modern day as you see the regular likes of Magneto (Ian McKellen), Storm (Halle Berry), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) battle the Sentinels alongside some new X-men such as Bishop (Omar Sy) and my new favourite Blink (Bingbing Fan – she can create wormholes – teleportation). The sequel is a lot darker, I think than First Class, due to the ending and results that occur in the first film. For example, Charles Xavier is a very sad man who, although he has help from Hank McCoy (Beast – Nicholas Hoult), really just wants to see Mystique.
Apart from the dark and emotional side of the film, there’s a lot of humour too. One of the most memorable scenes (apart from when the X-men battle the Sentinels in the modern day) is when Wolverine, Beast and Charles Xavier meet Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and get him to break Eric out of a prison – the scene where the police shoot at the X-men and Quicksilver so easily and wickedly runs around in slow motion and moves the bullets out of way whilst having some fun with the police is hilarious – the audience laugh a lot and some even clapped.
If I had two things to pick about the film is that 1) I didn’t like it when the film kept going from a normal camera to then looking like it was an American 70s news report – it didn’t work for me and brought the tension away slightly from the scene. And 2) I thought there would have been more scenes going back and forth to the past and the future – though just to make it clear it was still very good.
A great, smart, fast and very clever film with a superb cast that overall is simply amazing.
X-Men: Days of Future Past: 8.9/10