X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Directed By – Bryan Singer

Screenplay By – Simon Kinberg

Cinematography By – Newton Thomas Sigel

Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence & Peter Dinklage

131 min.

I don’t know but there’s something about the first sixty minutes of this movie that gets my engines going! It exciting and exhilarating, thrust into a world of death and segregation, where humans are killing mutants and human alike. Where sentinels have no weaknesses and will only settle for death. With an opening scene where more X-Men die onscreen than in all the other movie combined you quickly realize Days of Future Past isn’t playing around. But then you have Ellen Page with an awesome power to send someone’s consciousness back in the past, someone who can stop all the madness. Of course Logan is the only one who can survive the trip that far back in time and so the world’s last hope rests with Wolverine’s ability to reconcile battered friendships.

So basically the first hour of this movie is crazypants awesome, going 160 mph with death and destruction, a crazy (consciousness) time traveling scheme (which also allows for this to be a really cool period piece), and a totally awesome prison break scene. Of course few movies can maintain this type of momentum and Days of Future Past is no exception. However, the second half of the film builds upon the omnipresent X-Men theme of human compassion and understanding of others. And while the pacing might slow down in this second half the movie doesn’t go south, still giving us epic moments like Magneto raising an entire baseball stadium.

The beginning of X-Men: Days of Future Past is possibly my favorite hour in a superhero movie since The Dark Knight, and while it doesn’t sustain that level of entertainment it does give us a lot to think about and absorb with an awesome mastermind scientist in Dr. Bolivar Trask played by Peter Dinklage. I love this movie.

God Bless America


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