As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
Samuel L. Jackson,
In the future, the mutants and the humans who help them are slaughtered by powerful robots named Sentinels. Professor Xavier, Wolverine, Magneto, Storm, Kitty Pryde and her friends meet at a monastery in China and Xavier explains that the invincible Sentinels were created using the DNA of Mystique that was captured in 1973 when she tried to assassinate their creator Dr. Bolivar Trask. Xavier tells that their only chance is return to 1973 using Pryde's ability to join Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr to convince Mystique to give up her intention. However, only Wolverine can withstand the damages of the time travel. Will he succeed in stopping Mystique and the Sentinel Program, and save the mutants and their human friends from annihilation?Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With this film, and especially the extended "Rogue Cut", Bryan Singer essentially ignores several plot points from other films in the franchise, so as to streamline and focus on the plot of this one. For example, Wolverine still maintains his adamantium claws in the future, despite losing them in The Wolverine (2013); Professor X is alive, despite dying in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) (however, in the end credits scene from "Last Stand", "P. Xavier" awakens from a coma, with twin brother Charles' mind inhabiting his body, due to a transference). Magneto and Rogue still have their powers, despite losing them to the mutant cure in the same movie (although that film already implied that the effect of the cure wasn't permanent in an end credits scene). Both these films were notably not helmed by Bryan Singer, but by James Mangold and Brett Ratner respectively. All of this becomes unimportant following the ending of this film, where the unforeseeable repercussions of Logan changing the future allow for such indiscretions. See more »
The entire movie is about trying to stop Trask from acquiring Mystique's blood, and giving the Sentinels the ability to use mutant powers. However, Mystique can only imitate the appearance, and sometimes voice, of someone else. They would have to get Rogue's ability instead as she absorbs and obtains other mutants' powers. See more »
The future: a dark, desolate world. A world of war, suffering, loss on both sides. Mutants, and the humans who dared to help them, fighting an enemy we cannot defeat. Are we destined down this path, destined to destroy ourselves like so many species before us? Or can we evolve fast enough to change ourselves... change our fate? Is the future truly set?
See more »
SPOILER: There is a scene at the end of the closing credits: a mutant stands in front of a crowd chanting his name, as he telekinetically assembles a pyramid in the air. This leads into X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). See more »
In the extended cut, the following scenes are added:
There is additional footage of pictures of deceased mutants on a wall and there is extended dialogue, when Wolverine and the other mutants are discussing what can be done by going into the past and changing it.
There is an extra scene with Kitty Pryde and Iceman, before she sends Wolverine into the past.
The fight that Wolverine has when he wakes up in his past body is longer and grittier.
Wolverine gets into a car and tells an old girlfriend to lie low for a few days.
The whole sequence inside of the X-Mansion, when Wolverine is talking to Beast and Professor X about the future, is longer, with extra reaction shots and dialogue, from Professor X.
There is a small scene, where Iceman talks about going to find Rogue, since Kitty is losing a lot of blood, after being attacked by Wolverine.
The conversation that Charles and Raven have in the airport is longer and ends differently. Charles tells the others that he has no idea where Raven is going and they tell Charles that he needs rest.
There is a small scene of Beast asking Logan about his fate in the future, though, when he finds out that he is doomed, Logan eases him by saying that the future can still be changed. This scene was altered and came later on, in the film, in the theatrical version.
Raven goes to the X-Mansion to stay for the night, when she meets Beast and tells him that she has nowhere to go. The two share an intimate moment, on their own and Mystique tries to coax Beast into being proud of his appearance.
Iceman and Magneto go to the future X-Mansion and break in. There, they find Rogue, who has been experimented on. They take her out of the mansion, but Iceman sacrifices his life to save them, as soon as the Sentinels arrive. Magneto takes Rogue with him to Professor X, who fights off another Sentinel, and they escape the ruins of the Mansion. This entire sequence is inter-cut with the scene in the film of the younger Magneto going to retrieve his own helmet. There is even an alternate shot of him looking at the glass case, spotting the small coin that killed Sebastian Shaw, in the last film. In the rest of the 'future' scene, the arm of the Sentinel is stuck to the X-Ship, showing how the Sentinels find the X-Men in the end of the film. In the Theatrical version, it seems that the Sentinels just happen to come across them, later on.
Mystique goes into Cerebro and destroys the helmet, so that Charles can't track her down.
Rogue arrives with the other X-Men to tell Kitty about what has happened to Iceman and uses this moment of tragedy, for Kitty, to take her powers and carry on helping Wolverine stay in the past. All of the later scenes that take place in the future are now altered, by having Rogue be in Kitty's place, so all shots of Kitty, from this point on, have her sitting beside Rogue or on the floor. In the Theatrical version, all of the shots where Rogue is present, were changed to shots of Kitty and Iceman.
There is a short scene of the younger Charles, Beast and Wolverine talking about Mystique's sabotage of Cerebro.
There is more dialogue when Charles hides in the crowd, during the unveiling of the Sentinels, of the 1970's.
The perfect blend between character-driven drama and fun, edge-of-your-seat spectacle!
I must admit, the trailers didn't have me convinced - and after the sour taste 'Jack the Giant Slayer' left in my mouth, I was sceptic. I really dug Matthew Vaughn's approach with 'First Class' (who had a tough task rebooting the franchise after the lacklustre 'Last Stand' and the generic, dull 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine') and I wouldn't have minded him returning at all. But as it turns out, Bryan Singer (yes, I dare speak his name) still has a few tricks up his sleeve. For its sheer scale and epic storytelling alone, 'Days of Future Past' is fantastic.
It's a shame there's so much controversy surrounding this film, but I guess whoever chooses to deprive himself willingly of such a pleasure must be fully aware that he does so at his own expense. Because this is the kind of film that made me fall in love with movies in the first place.
Yet (despite my 10-star review), it's not perfect. And it's not 'The Usual Suspects' with mutants - how could it be; this is simply not that kind of film. But I have to say that pretty much my only gripe with this movie is that it has too many characters and that some of them don't get enough screen time (or actually, there's not too many characters: there's just too many great actors playing those characters – but then again, that's half of the fun). Of all the X-men films, this has the most complex plot – and also the most interesting. Different time-lines are tricky to do and can be rather hard to follow, but thanks to a (very!) clever script with a great part for Logan, we never get lost. And that's the best news: sorely missed in the last instalment (except for a hilarious cameo), the franchise has Hugh Jackman back. And of him at least we do get to see a lot, since he really leads us through this film (giving his best Wolverine performance yet along the way). If Logan can be called the heart of the X-men, then Charles Xavier must be the mind while Magneto and Mystique provide the - slightly twisted - soul, and seeing them all together again brought a broad, stupid grin to my face (which only got broader whenever Quicksilver appeared on screen - for reasons you will have to find out for yourselves).
What really sets the X-men films apart from the ever more derivative comic-book adaptations – at least as far as I'm concerned – is that I always genuinely cared for the characters, and 'Days of Future Past' is no exception. I love loud, spectacular action movies as much as the next guy, but if I don't get to care for the protagonists – what's the point? The reason I gave this 10 stars, and what is so exceptional these days, is that what we get here is a complex, smart Fantasy/Sci-Fi thrill-ride that respects its origins as much as it embraces the future, while never - ever - forgetting that its first job is to entertain the audience. For finding that perfect, rare balance between character-driven human drama and no-holds-barred popcorn action spectacle, 'Days of Future Past' deserves my 10-star rating (which is a first for me: I've never given 10-stars to a comic-book movie).
So my verdict: If you like to get your minds blown by something with true heart and soul, this massive 'mutant' of a film is upon you, and all you have to do is give in to the X-citement. Enjoy the ride.