Monday, June 30, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Director: Bryan Singer

Writers: Simon Kinberg, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn

Composer: John Ottman

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

More info: IDMb

Tagline: His past. Our future.

Plot: In 2023, the entire human race is on the brink of extinction. Sentinels, originally created to kill mutants now hunt all of mankind. The remaining survivors cannot stand against the onslaught of the Sentinel army. In order to save the future, Wolverine is sent back to 1973 in order to stop the war before it even starts.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Man, I'm so glad I caught this one in the theater before it left.  It's outstanding.  I loved the way they were able to reset the stage for the continuity of the previous films.  It works.  Unlike X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (2011), this film had me genuinely caring for the characters which heightened the suspense and tension, especially in the final half hour.  They're not going to kill the franchise so you know they're going to make it somehow, but at what cost?  It's great seeing McKellen, Stewart and the rest of the old gang back.  The performances are good except for one, Jennifer Lawrence.  She's the weakest link in that category.  I REALLY miss Rebecca Romijn as Mystique.  She handled it so effortlessly.  I don't mean to compare the two actors but Lawrence either doesn't feel comfortable in the roll (which she should considering this is her second outing with it) or she's just not as good of an actress as she needs to be (which is weird because she does a fine job in the HUNGER GAMES pictures).  She isn't terrible or anything but you can tell she's a little out of place.  I really love the story and how Singer & company were able to make it work.  I'm looking forward to seeing it again on Blu-ray.  Great fun.

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