Title: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Ellen Page
Genre: Science Fiction
Running Time: 131 minutes
In a world where humans with special powers are labeled mutants and their gifts are feared instead of celebrated, the biggest war known to mankind is born. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) was sent back from the future to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from unknowingly starting a war that would wipe out the mutants.
As someone who is unfamiliar with the X-Men universe, I didn’t know the histories of the characters and therefore didn’t fully comprehend the context of the story. Nevertheless, I was still able to enjoy the movie as a standalone, filled with action and special effects. The star-studded cast also didn’t hurt.
I watched this movie for Jennifer Lawrence. While she delivered as always, I must say her singsong Vietnamese sucks. Even with the English subtitles, I couldn’t reverse translate what she uttered. As a whole, the movie was good though rather predictable. In the superhero genre, I do believe the Dark Knight trilogy trumps X-Men. X-Men carries a slightly different message, however, where true evil is ignorance and differences should be embraced.
As another sequel in the X-Men movie franchise, this movie is basically another run-of-the-mill superhero film custom-made for the summer box office. While not bad by any means, it is ultimately only superficially entertaining.