X-Men: Days of Future Past
Time travel tends to be tricky business, at least as far as movie-making goes. Make it too complex, and you lose your audience. Too simple, they’re bored. And if you exploit it too obviously to reconcile inconsistencies in characters’ pasts, they’ll cry foul — just take a look at the previous X-Men films. Moviemakers dealing in the subject have to handle a fine, quantum mechanical line.
Director Bryan Singer works the line well in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” a film that operates on two planes. The first is set in the dystopian future of 2023, where terrifying super-robot Sentinels relentlessly hunt down mutants, who have been forced into hiding. A small band of mutants, whose powers result in a visual feast, repeatedly escape the extermination with the help of Kitty Pryde’s (Ellen Page) time-travel abilities.
But an aged Professor X, played with great remorse and hope by the returning Patrick Stewart, comes to the group with a plan to prevent this dark timeline from ever transpiring. Using Kitty’s powers, the group will send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to 1973, the second plane, to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from ever killing the creator of the Sentinels, whose death spurred on the development of his machines.