Time travel, it’s one of those things can can be used to alter the timeline for good or bad, and X-Men: Days Of Future Past uses it to combine the original X-Men with their younger selves from First Class. In the future, times are dark, and they are fighting for survival, and the survival of all mutants, who are being wiped out by huge robotic sentinels. Their last desperate act, is to travel back to help their younger selves alter the timeline at a point where it all began.
The story begins when times are at their bleakest, diving right into the drama. The sudden shift in story from the original stories instils a sense of confusion in the viewer, much like what the characters on screen must be feeling as they are hunted down. Magneto and Professor Xavier have joined forces in this battle, with their goal to send Wolverine’s conciousness back into his younger self, where he must bring the two leaders together in a time when they are the worst of enemies, convince his younger friends to help him, and succeed in this important of missions.
The cast are all back, young and old, and inhibit their roles as enjoyable as before. The effects are marvels, but yet do not detract from the story, preferring to augment the on-screen action, as opposed to being the main focus.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past is a welcome change to the previous, more linear stories of fighting an opponent, and accomplishing a mission. The story is slightly more intellectual, while keeping the fun, and action of the previous films.
This is certainly a must for fans, but those new to the genre will certainly enjoy it. A bit of background information might be needed to fully appreciate the nuances, but who these days would not know of the X-Men.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past opens 23 May 2014 in South Africa, and is sure to take the box office by storm. Book now.