Trailer Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

The first trailer for this X-Men epic has arrived online.

When you put the X-Men and time travel together the results will always be interesting. That was the basic idea behind the Days of Future Past story and it became a hugely popular series of comics many years ago. Now Bryan Singer has decided to adapt the story for his movie sequel to X-Men: First Class. It is nice to see Singer return as a director for this film, he previously directed the first X-Men movie which is probably one of the best in the series.

In the future, mutants become an endangered species as the result of a draconian government initiative to imprison or kill them. This dastardly plan is cooked up by a guy called Boliver Trask (Peter Dinklage) who creates a horde of robots called the Sentinels to enforce this initiative. The X-Men have managed to avoid capture but Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) knows the writing is on the wall. In a desperate attempt to alter the course of history, he finds a way to send Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) consciousness back through time to the 1970’s. The younger 1970’s version of Wolverine then wakes up one day knowing everything his future/older self does about what is going to happen. With this knowledge, the younger Wolverine must try to persuade the younger Professor Xavier (played again by James McAvoy) to take action and prevent the diabolical future from happening. Unfortunately the younger Xavier appears to have fallen into depression and given up on the X-Men, this is probably due to tragic events that transpired in X-Men: First Class. Wolverine must find a way to convince him to reform the X-Men, and also recruit Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to fight this new threat.

The plot is intriguing and it raises the stakes considerably for the main characters. Simon Kinberg wrote the script and hopefully he has found a way to condense the best parts of the story into this film. X-Men: Days of Future Past also has a large cast as most of the actors who appeared in the previous films have returned. Ian McKellen returns as the older Magneto from the future and other returning cast members include Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Ellen Page and Anna Paquin. Some of the newcomers include Evan Peters as Quicksilver and Omar Sy as Bishop.

The trailer itself is very good too but fans expecting big budget action scenes may be disappointed, the focus seems to be on giving viewers a little bit of information about the plot and a few glimpses at the main characters. As the film is still in post-production the film crew no doubt still need to finish a lot of the special effects, this may partly explain why this early trailer is so devoid of action. This approach actually works well though as it makes the trailer very ominous and dramatic, it also means viewers won’t have the film spoiled for them. One thing that does stand out in the trailer is the cinematography, the trailer makes use of some bold colours which help give it a comic book aesthetic in some scenes. The music is also suitably dramatic and it fits the tone of the trailer which features numerous shots of the actors gazing mournfully into the distance.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
could turn out to be the best film in the series and the film will be out on May 22nd 2014. Check out the trailer and share your thoughts.

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