Movie Review: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' with Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence

Is this blockbuster worth seeing this weekend?

Rated - PG-13

Four out of five stars

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" begins in the future part of the title, a post-apocalyptic world where mutants and the humans who helped them have been either destroyed or imprisoned in what looks like concentration camps. How did this happen? You can thank advanced war machines called sentinels, designed with the help of the DNA from the mutant known as Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).

What to do? Since Kitty is able to project a person’s consciousness back in time, Professor X and Magneto hatch a plan to send one of the mutants into the past to convince the younger Prof X and Magneto to work together in order to prevent Mystique from doing something that sets off the series of events that lead to this horrific future. The person they decide to send back is Wolverine: he's the only mutant who can handle the physical brutality of time travel, because his mutation allows him to instantly heal. Never mind that he’s not actually physically going anywhere: only his consciousness is, although when he's injured in the past, it physically affects him in the future. Also kind of like The Matrix. Hmm...

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While writer Simon Kinberg went to great lengths to make sure he crossed his paradoxes and dotted his wormholes, the time travel element here falls apart under close scrutiny. Then again, time travel falls apart under close scrutiny in every time travel movie, so let’s forget that and focus on the chaotic goodness that is "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

The weakness of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is that, at times, there’s just too much going on. It's also annoyingly derivative, never mind the Matrix echoes. But these are minor complaints. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is a tremendously entertaining film that's gorgeous to look at and satisfying to the core.