It’s 2023. The humans and mutants are living on the brink of being exterminated. Robotic assassins named Sentinels are unstoppable. The few mutants left, Xavier and the crew, are fighting a losing battle that will end in the death of everyone. Their only hope is to send Wolverine back in time to prevent the war ever happening. However, when he is sent back in time, he finds that bringing Xavier and Magneto together is a harder task than he first thought.
The plot is insanely convoluted. That’s not a problem; it’s not that difficult to create an intelligent and detailed plan for cinema goers to follow. The movie is brought down by a sloppy attempt to bring the less informed fans up to speed, squeezing in years of preposition into a small amount of time. The problem with Days of Future Past is that the plot is so entangled that you’ll struggle to invest in not just the brand new characters, but the plight of the old ones, too. The film flits between places and time without hovering over new and old characters for you to care. The union should make it incredibly emotional and exhilarating but the end product’s so confusing that it feels quite dull. It’s a shame because there is so much excellence here entangled in a plot that is too over-excited to calm down and concentrate.
Though sometimes lost in the plot, there are stunning action sequences. The Sentinels, robots charged with adapting and evolving to obliterate their targets are actually terrifying. The danger they present in the future is real and striking. There is also a final action sequence that combines all threads and juxtaposes them to boast one of the few moments where you are tantalised by the screen.As mentioned before, there are good parts here. The introduction of Evan Peters as Quicksilver and Peter Dinklage as Professor Trask are perhaps the few characters that make the affair enjoyable. Sadly, the end product is slightly disappointing. Leaning much more to Last Stand, riddled with a lot of problems but still a watchable affair, Days of Future Past is a larger step down from the thrill ride that was First Class. Nevertheless, it is up to Apocalypse to regain the passions and level footing it so desperately developed in the first place. Overall, it is an average if not sloppy X-Men affair.