X-rated action from X-men sequel

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film.
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film.

Past and present collide in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, which ushers Bryan Singer back into the director’s chair for the first time since X-Men 2.

In a dystopian 2023, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his kin including Magneto, Wolverine, Storm and Iceman stand on the precipice of extinction. The Sentinel programme has almost wiped out the mutant population and any human sympathisers using an army of highly skilled automata attuned to mutant DNA.

It’s only a matter of time before the Sentinels track Xavier and the surviving mutants to a mountaintop temple in China and complete the extermination.

It is a solid and highly enjoyable chapter that doesn’t get too bogged down in bamboozling science, letting protagonists do the talking with their claws and amazing abilities. Hugh Jackman’s brawler provides the narrative glue between parallel time frames and he shamelessly panders to fans with some gratuitous nudity.

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender trade physical and verbal blows while Jennifer Lawrence performs impressive gymnastic feats in figure-hugging blue make-up leaving little to the imagination. The blitzkrieg of slick digital effects melds seamlessly with live action elements.

A tantalising end credits teaser hints at what fans can expect from ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ in 2016.