Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine goes back in time to 1973 in a bid to alter the course of history and thereby stop the X-Men of the future from being wiped out in this superior superhero adventure, X-Men: Days of Future Past, whose cunningly constructed time-travel plot unites the Marvel Comics mutants’ older and younger selves.
He lands in the era of lava lamps, waterbeds and dodgy hairdos, which is good for a laugh before things get serious. His mission: spring Michael Fassbender’s Magneto from an impenetrable prison and stop Jennifer Lawrence’s shape-shifting renegade Mystique from assassinating a scientist.
The jailbreak, which sees mischievous young mutant Quicksilver zipping around so swiftly that time appears to be frozen for everyone else, is the film’s most giddily entertaining episode. Elsewhere, the time-travel plot sometimes get overly knotty, but the acting has an emotional clarity that cuts through the storyline tangles and makes the film’s crises and dilemmas unexpectedly affecting.
Certificate 12. Runtime 126 mins. Director Bryan Singer.
Released on Blu-ray, Blu-ray & DVD by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on Monday 10th November.
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