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Film Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past


A dystopian system, race against time, alteration of present from the past sum up the plot of X Men: DFP co-written by Simon Kinberg, Mathew Vaughn and Jane Goldman. Credit however should be given also to returning director Bryan Singer after two previous stint of handling X-Men sequels in same role (See also: ‘The Lord of the Rings; The Fellowship of the Ring’, 2001 and ’The Usual Suspect’, 1995.) Bryan pulled together some implausible continuity within this sequel’s story frame and was still able to ignore some lead’s character’s adaptation from their previous roles in other sequel’s (i.e. switching the role of Charles Xavier to become a student in a future past).

Imagine a dystopian system that is bound to be doomed as man and mutant are hunted by killing machines a.k.a The Sentinels (a killing machine that was originally invented to sniff out mutants and eliminate them) and to stop this, Wolverine is to travel ( teleport his present consciousness) in time back (does this bring to mind Inception… I’m just musing) and stop Mystique from assassinating Dr. Trask (Peter Dinklage) the mind behind the Sentinels by mind-manipulating Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page).

Mission seems simple right?

Not outrightly, due to an unpredictable and complicated relationship between Xavier, Magneto and Mystique at the centre yet they’re all expected to work together hence the probable outcomes becomes uncertain. Added to this is the expectation that Wolverine being a very aggressive character to play the role of mentor to his mentor (younger version of the Professor).

Now here are a couple of behind the smoke screen that comes to my mind after viewing this sequel (when Wolverine and co have to rescue Magneto out of prison) Quicksilver has infinite power to trump all human power including mutant superpower (by the way, Quick Silver stunt will be best enjoyed if seen on 3D from what I’ve heard from some quarters) yet his role quickly fizzles out and I’ve not read anywhere from grapevine information he might be given any round character in other coming franchise. I think with that kind of super power, he come across as a character that should have been given regular role like other mutant in previous sequels.

Again, Sentinels that were supposed to be immune to mutant power and serve as a tool of the oppressor (mankind) became a tool for Magneto through his ingenuity when he added metal to it while on its way to being displayed to the public by President Nixon (Hello, is this a picture of origin of violence at the Middle East and could this be another political undertone?) A discussion on hunter turning prey is best saved for another time.

Overall, X-Men: DFP has these effect of fast paced, urgency, hang ups, twist and turns of fate of the characters deployed which make this action packed screenplay a worthy storyline. A sci-fi fan would especially love this sequel, the CGI effects (I’m not a huge fan of this especially when its overuse kills the beauty of film’s acting) improvised the best way it could in any film deployed for and resolution of conflict in the story line seems justified by the conclusion of no winner no loser which score slightly higher than a couple of previous episode and which come across to me as the holding piece. Nevertheless, it wasn't all that smooth though, a keen observer will note that there was struggle to balance the all-star cast lead character’s exposure by the director Bryan Singer and co in the story plot.

For example, a huge fan of Halle Berry (Storm) will be slightly disappointed as she was notably almost invisible throughout the film, except for a couple of one off appearance here and there.

Review written by Adekunle Adeusi

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