Reviewed by: Raphael Vera
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|Featuring:||Jennifer Lawrence … Raven / Mystique
Peter Dinklage … Bolivar Trask
Michael Fassbender … Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto—young
Nicholas Hoult … Hank McCoy / Beast
Ellen Page … Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat
Hugh Jackman … Logan / Wolverine
James McAvoy … Charles Xavier
Evan Peters … Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver
Anna Paquin … Marie / Rogue
Shawn Ashmore … Bobby Drake / Iceman
Ian McKellen … Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto—older
Halle Berry … Ororo Munroe / Storm
Patrick Stewart … Professor Charles Xavier
Morgan Lily … Young Raven
Bingbing Fan … Clarice Ferguson / Blink
Lucas Till … Alex Summers / Havok
|Producer:||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
|Distributor:||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation|
The X-Men movie to end all X-Men movies is here, and it begins, appropriately enough, with the end of the world as we know it. Set in the near future, fears of people with super powers (mutants) has driven mankind to create the ultimate police state that uses robot sentinels to either imprison and kill all mutants.
Charles Xavier/Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and his remaining X-Men (Wolverine, Storm, Iceman, Colossus, Warpath, Sunspot, Blink, Bishop and Shadowcat) together with one time enemy Magneto (Ian McKellen) decide the only way to save the future is by changing the past, and so Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat (Ellen Page) uses her powers to send Wolverine’s consciousness back fifty years to his younger self in hopes of avoiding the events that led to this dystopian future.
Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) awakens in 1973 and finds the task of enlisting the help of the much younger Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) no problem compared to the rest of the challenges—and life and death choices that need to be made in the coming days, if both mutants and non-mutants can ever hope to co-exist.zzz
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a thrilling sequel set a decade after the events of “First Class” and may be best appreciated by those familiar with the other X-men movies. A thought provoking tale spanning both our past and a nightmarish future it is not without some very cautionary material.
Violence: Heavy. Mostly bloodless the most violent scenes are reserved for those set in the future where sentinels kill mutants by choking, crushing, impaling, pulling them apart or even burning them. One mutant causes victims to wretch/vomit while another inflicts instant disease. Wolverine uses his claws to stab some mobsters and people killed are usually hit by bullets, one of whom is shot directly to the head, while others are victims of collateral damage from debris and crashes. Hand-to-hand fighting, often tame by comparison, is still rough.
Autopsy photos with head shots of the deceased who had been experimented on is also shown. The decaying remains of many are seen near futuristic death camps, while dead mutant bodies are callously dumped from trucks as though they weren’t even people anymore. This is eerily reminiscent of how the Nazi’s treated the Jewish people during World War II and clearly an intended similarity is implied.
Sex/Nudity: Moderate. The most graphic scene involves Logan getting up out of bed, where he is seen nude from the back. The girl waking up next to him is in her underwear, and the camera lingers on her breasts which fairly spill out of her bra. Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), when she is not assuming a disguise, appears to be nude, while the actress is actually wearing a full bodysuit sparingly covered by scales. Scenes with her in this form are pretty frequent.
Language: Moderate. Curses included; a**h*** 3x’s, s*** 4’xs (once just mouthed), “hell” 2x’s, “piss off” and “screw___” are heard once each, but the Lord’s name was taken in vain six times and there is, annoyingly, one “F” word, as allowed by the MPAA for a PG-13 movie. There is also sexually suggestive dialog, including someone ordering to Raven, “Clothes off!”
Based on the triple threat of violence, nudity and language, I strongly encourage parents not to take their children and should state that though teens will be seeing this film it is not appropriate for them either.
Darwinism: Evolution is discussed as fact, not the theory that it is and motivates the central villain Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) just as it influenced thinking in Nazi Germany. Dogmatic science such as this does not allow consideration of God who is noticeably absent from the script. A good examination on this widespread ideological bias is Ben Stein’s movie “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”
When Xavier is forced to choose between being able to walk or being able to save his friend, we have no doubt what his choice will be. This is mindful of what our Lord himself told us we all have to do.
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” —Mark 8:34
Realizing everything they do may not alter the future, one character asks, “What are we destined for?” This helpless, virtually hopeless feeling reminded me that the Word of God speaks about the fate of us all, and particularly those who have chosen to look to false gods for a bright and eternal future.
“For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on Earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…” —Philippians 3:18-20
Xavier is trying to encourage someone when he says, “Just because someone stumbles, loses their way, doesn’t mean they are lost forever.” One of the clearest parables about this is concerns the prodigal son found in the Gospel of Luke. In this parable the son claims his inheritance, moves away and sinfully squanders his fortune only to return offering to serve his father rather than to continue feeding strangers pigs. Instead of being harsh to the now repentant son, his father, a type of God our father in Heaven, rejoices. That is how God looks upon us when we come back to him after losing our way.
Intriguing storyline, great special effects, fascinating characters and conflict galore make “X-Men: Days of Future Past” perhaps the best X-Men film to date and definitely a cut above some of the earlier sequels. Keep in mind that the time travel component makes it skew more science fiction than its predecessors. A serious, dark movie, with few light moments, it still manages to pay homage to the X-Men canon and captivate its audience. I recommend this to fans of the genre, but warn again about the age sensitive material. Meant for mature audiences, this film may offend discerning Christians.
Violence: Heavy to extreme / Profanity: Moderate to heavy / Sex/Nudity: Moderate to heavy