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Movie review by Rashid Irani: X-Men is a mutant mash-up

Rashid Irani, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, May 24, 2014
First Published: 14:34 IST(24/5/2014) | Last Updated: 20:43 IST(24/5/2014)

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Direction: Bryan Singer
Actors: Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence

They have seen a lot of action since their cinematic debut in 2000. Reassembling for the seventh installment of the titular franchise, the familiar band of mutants strives to save their species from extinction. But even viewers acquainted with the source, Marvel comics, may have to struggle to make sense of the labyrinthine time-travel plot.

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Worse, it’s difficult to keep track of the various extraneous characters whose super powers often seem a bit random. A feeling of deja vu sets in when in a post- apocalyptic wasteland rendered murkily discourtesy the 3D conversion, a handful of X-men (and women) have sought refuge from an army of lethal automatons. In a desperate bid for survival, the mutant elders and former rivals (Ian McKellen-Patrick Stewart) decide to send fearsome clansman (Jackman, channelling his inner minimal) back to the 1970s on a do-or-die mission.

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Director Bryan Singer, who helmed the first two outings, reduces the narrative to a series of blurry action sequences. The screenplay alludes to the Vietnam War and the plight of the marginalised but collapses under the weight of its pretensions. The standout from the roster of new mutants is the super-speedy teenager (Evan Peters) who masterminds a prison break at the Pentagon.

A familiar president-in-peril situation is given a seeing is disbelieving spin when a soccer stadium is yanked from its foundation and dropped around the White House. Days of Future Past is X-tremely disappointing.

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