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Review: X-Men as entertaining as always

Every time a new X-Men movie comes out, people ask, “Really? Another one?”

Yes, there is another one. At this point, with six predecessors and at least two more planned, it’s hard for new films to stand out. “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” succeeds, but only slightly.

In this installment, we meet the cast in an apocalyptic setting, where mutants are facing extermination via giant, scary robots. To save themselves, and the entire race, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time to the 1970s to stop the murder of Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) by Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).by: SUBMITTED - New film - In ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past' Wolverine is sent back to the past to save the X-Men's future. The film opened Friday.

Somehow, this one event will change the entire 50-year history and make mutants friends to the public, instead of sought-after enemies.

Aside from the plot, which isn’t that original of a concept to begin with, the rest of the movie follows suit and is fairly predictable. Wolverine uses unnecessary force, there are many bumps along the way, people are killed, everyone is a little over the top and many things are destroyed. All of this aside, the movie is superb. The actors collectively provide another brilliant performance and really portray the sense of urgency well without overkill. It was especially interesting to see the past and future Professor X (Patrick Stewart/James McAvoy) and Magneto (Ian Mc­Kellen/Michael Fassbender) in the same film.

With each film, a little more history is revealed and it was appreciated how much is revealed in this installment. A wealth of character development pushes the plot forward — although the constant action did that all on its own.

Another entertaining facet is seeing how the writers will play on historical events. Most often they used a controversial subject and miraculously explained it with, “A mutant did it,” but still it’s good for a few laughs.

Ending with nothing shy of a bang, the story line is left wide open for sequels, many of them. The action runs to the last possible second, and can be a little overwhelming, but that’s what makes the X-Men movies so fun. Now if they would only stay away from unnecessary and distracting 3-D elements. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” opened Friday.



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