The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights in a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.
Here are five reasons why "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" is a must-watch:
1. Old and New X-Men Unite.
More than the returning classic well-loved mutants played by Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, and Ellen Page, the beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
2. Director Bryan Singer is back!
“X-Men: Days Of Future Past” also marks the return of director Bryan Singer to the franchise he helped launch. Singer adapts one of the best-loved X-Men stories, which finds our heroes fighting for survival in a dark future where the hulking, robotic Sentinels have been slowly wiping them out. In a desperate final gambit, the mutants look to time travel to help their younger selves stop this awful timeline from happening.
3. Wolverine is always in.
Thanks to his innate healing abilities, Wolverine (Jackman) will endure the strain of travelling back in time.
The longest-serving member of the X-Men acting company, Jackman is back for his seventh (sixth including his First Class cameo) appearance and reflects that Logan is a very different man from the troubled loner we met back in 2000. “He's sent back to try and fix things… So he has to become, not necessarily a leader, because I'd still call Xavier the leader here, but a facilitator for everyone to come together.”
4. Professor X marks the spot.
As the most powerful telepath on earth, Charles Xavier has watched his kind slowly hunted down. It is Charles Xavier who is center stage in Days Of Future Past. Far from the chipper, driven Charles we first met in First Class, the Xavier in 1973 is a shell of his former self, haunted by Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) and Raven’s (Jennifer Lawrence) betrayal, crippled and frustrated by his failed attempts to launch a facility to help mutants.
It gave actor James McAvoy, the younger Charles, a chance to really find a new take on the character after helping to push Magneto’s narrative last time.
5. The threat of the Sentinels.
This time the X-Men are facing their toughest challenge yet. “Game of Thrones” fan favorite Peter Dinklage was hired to play a very different version of Bolivar Trask, a genius who views mutants as a mortal threat to mankind and decides to create the menacing, technologically advanced Sentinel robots to eliminate them.
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In the film, the ‘70s Sentinels are the epitome of technology at the time, though obviously they seem dated now. The future robots, however, are complex fighting machines, able to adapt to mutants’ powers.
There’s no denying that Days Of Future Past is the biggest X-Men film ever attempted, and indeed the biggest Fox has made since “Avatar”. “There are things, images we see that help people. It still is tied into the universe so it's nice if you've got some familiarity but you don't really need to know, you can be really entertained by the movie if you haven't seen an X-Men film,” Singer says.
The greatest battle for survival is about to happen on May 21 when “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (3D) opens in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.