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REVIEW OF X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

year: 2014 rating; **
Following CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Marvel continues with the Political Thriller template, and in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, none other than Richard Nixon is in cahoots with a greedy entrepreneur who plans to exterminate mutants by using robotic war machines… 

That’s President Richard Milhouse Nixon, the current Commander-in-Chief as it’s 1973 since Wolverine was sent back to the past so that Mystique, also known as Raven, doesn’t get captured by authorities which would result in… well let’s just say there's no more X-MEN if he doesn’t set things straight...

And of course Logan's not alone, providing the last entry, FIRST CLASS, to coincide with the original lineup – although FUTURE PAST is more of that movie’s sequel with Hugh Jackman serving as special guest star. Meanwhile the likes of veteran members Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Halley Berry are wasted on a subplot dealing with some kind of purgatory dimension resembling the THOR universe: The best scenes are also the funniest, mostly having to do with Wolverine's '70s culture shock and slacker mutant Peter aka Quicksilver and his penchant for not only speeding past everyone else, but perceiving them in the same wry, sarcastic manner Wolverine did in the original film, also directed by Bryan Singer which, to give due credit, started the Marvel monopoly in the first place. And those were indeed the great old days...

For now, in the midst of an otherwise promising time travel espionage, one excruciatingly overlong sequence involving Xavier in his virtual reality brain-machine, trying to coax Raven from assassinating a mutant-hating businessman (the only real villain on board), deletes potential as the characters waste so much verbal energy explaining and/or pontificating past and future events, nothing very suspenseful occurs in the meantime. 
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  1. Well I liked it better the second time through since I thought there was no way a Bryan Singer X-Men movie could totally suck. It didn't totally suck but for all the potential with both casts of the first three X-Men movies and X-Men First Class, yea it pretty much sucked ass.

    I think Halley Berry had 3 lines in the whole movie and her word count was less than I have fingers. A complete waste and good ole Ian, I almost felt sorry for him, but he did look good walking down the ramp of the plane.

    Really this should have been called Yesterday's X-Men. Patrick Stewart revising his role as Jean-Luc Picard...I mean Professor X, and Hugh Jackman as Worf, er Wolverine, excuse me. Sorry I just watched Yesterday's Enterprise, my third or fourth favorite Star Trek episode, in any of the series, and was amused thinking of X-Men Days of Future Past - great storyline in the comic book, sadly not a great movie.

    In all seriousness I was looking forward to this movie with great anticipation. I loved the first two Singer X-Men movies. I kindly overlooked that horrific Superman movie he directed, which I probably shouldn't have. Everything was there for Singer to make a great Super-Hero movie with this latest X-Men outing. Alas he didn't make it so, Number One.

    I'm pretty much on super-hero movie burnout, and even more and more coming out: Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Warner Bros is finally getting its act together with the Superman Batman movie that'll have Wonder Woman in it and then a Justice League movie, a Flash movie supposedly...

    Oh well, as Jar-Jar says, "Me give up."

    Another great review. Keep it up young man.

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