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X-Men: Days of Future Past [2014] (1 disc)

Director:Bryan Singer
Writer:Simon Kinberg
Composer:John Ottman
Length:131 minutes
(2 hours 11 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
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IMDB Rating:8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:92%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Reaction: An exciting and fun outing for Wolverine that brings two eras together in a quite impressive way.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Bryan Singer => Director
Simon Kinberg => Writer
John Ottman => Composer
Lauren Shuler Donner => Producer
Adan Canto => Sunspot
Andreas Apergis => Col. Sanders
Anna Paquin => Rogue
Bingbing Fan => Blink
Booboo Stewart => Warpath
Brian Cox => William Stryker (uncredited) (archive footage)
Chris Claremont => Congressman Parker
Daniel Cudmore => Colossus
Don Creech => William Stryker Sr. (uncredited) (archive footage)
Elliot Page => Kitty Pryde
Evan Jonigkeit => Toad
Evan Peters => Quicksilver / Peter
Famke Janssen => Jean Grey
François Paquette => Congressman McCarter
Gregg Lowe => Ink
Gregory Hlady => General Petrov
Halle Berry => Storm
Hugh Jackman => Wolverine / Logan
Ian McKellen => Magneto
James Marsden => Scott Summers
James McAvoy => Charles Xavier
Jan Gerste => Gwen
Jennifer Lawrence => Mystique / Raven
Josh Helman => Maj. Bill Stryker
Kelsey Grammer => Beast (uncredited)
Laurence Belcher => Young Charles - 12 yrs (uncredited) (archive footage)
Len Wein => Congresman Davis
Lucas Till => Havok
Mark Camacho => President Nixon
Massimo Cannistraro => Ramone
Michael Fassbender => Erik Lehnsherr
Michael Lerner => Senator Brickman
Morgan Lily => Young Raven - 10 yrs (uncredited) (archive footage)
Nicholas Hoult => Hank / Beast
Omar Sy => Bishop
Patrick Stewart => Professor X
Peter Dinklage => Dr. Bolivar Trask
Shawn Ashmore => Iceman / Bobby
Zehra Leverman => Ms. Maximoff

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • According to Peter Dinklage, Bryan Singer picked him to play Boliver Trask because of his height: "With my dwarfism, I'm a bit of a mutant. I can't move metal or anything, but I thought of it as self-loathing. Deep down, Trask is quite sensitive about that aspect of himself."
  • The cameos of Cyclops (James Marsden) and Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) were so tightly guarded that the actors as well as director Bryan Singer outright lied about their appearance in the movie to keep their return a surprise.
  • Bryan Singer based Boliver Trask on Adolf Hitler: "As Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat to bond the darker parts of Europe, he's doing the same thing with mutants. But he wasn't a six foot, perfect blond Aryan - he was a short, funny looking fellow!"
  • The filmmakers selected the "Days of Future Past" storyline because it would allow the filmmakers to reconcile any continuity dissonances within the "X-Men" film series. The time-travel element also allowed actors from the original film series and the intended reboot that was X-Men: First Class to appear in the same film together.
  • According to Bryan Singer, he could only get the film started with confidence once Hugh Jackman and Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen agreed to return.
  • For her role as Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence wore a special bodysuit. She had previously worn full-body prosthetics in X-Men: First Class but found that too uncomfortable.
  • Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were performing in a touring production of "Waiting for Godot" when Bryan Singer approached the actors about reprising their respective roles as Professor X and Magneto. According to McKellen, both men were utterly shocked as they thought they'd passed their roles on to James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, and would never play the characters again. Both Stewart and McKellen were delighted to return to two of their most popular roles, and to work with the younger actors playing the same characters as well.
  • Two of Peter Maximoff (Quicksilver)'s relations are implied but never outright stated in the film due to copyright issues. He first remarks to Magneto that his mom used to know someone that could manipulate metal - in the comics, Magneto is in fact Quicksilver's father. This is further implied when Peter's Mother sees Magneto on television and reacts with horror and recognition. A deleted scene also addressed that Peter has a sister - Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch. Although their characters are father and son (although never explicitly stated in the film), Michael Fassbender and Evan Peters are only 10 years apart in age.
  • Bryan Singer filmed Quicksilver's scenes in a special format of 3600 frames per second. This means that Quicksilver is moving 150 times faster than normal. The camera was used to record close-ups and movements of Evan Peters, as well as the guards he encountered.
  • Including his cameo in X-Men: First Class, this is Hugh Jackman's seventh portrayal of Logan/Wolverine, raising his own record for the most times a comic book character has been played by the same actor in theatrical films. He will also be the only actor to appear in the entire X-Men film series.
  • Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender, who play the future/past versions of Professor Xavier and Magneto, have all played the title role in film adaptations of Macbeth.
  • This film ties a record previously held by The Dark Knight Rises for the most Academy Award-nominated actors in a single comic book movie. While The Dark Knight Rises starred seven nominees with an additional nominee appearing via archive footage (eight in total), this film features eight: Halle Berry, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Lerner, Ian McKellen, Elliot Page and Anna Paquin.
  • According to Simon Kinberg, this film is influenced by the time-travel films The Time Machine, The Terminator, Back to the Future and Looper.
  • According to Bryan Singer, he had a two-hour discussion with James Cameron, director of the time-travel films The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, about how to make the time-travel concept feasible and workable within the film. The concepts the two discussed included quantum physics, alternate universes, and string theory. Bryan Singer based the time travel in the film on string theory: "Until an object is observed, it hasn't really happened yet. The time-traveller whose consciousness travels through time I call The Observer, and until the Observer returns to where he travelled from, the result hasn't occurred yet. So he can muck about in the past and it isn't until he snaps back that the new future is set. As a result, we have parallel action, and there's underlying tension because there's always that threat Wolverine's consciousness could return to the future and leave the world in an even darker place."
  • After Kate & Leopold, this is the second film in which Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) plays a time traveller.
  • Director Cameo - Bryan Singer: when Mystique jumps out of the building and onto the ground below after attempting to kill Trask, Singer is a photographer, who is briefly seen holding up a camera.
  • When Hank hacks the surveillance monitors, one of the shows seen on the screen is the [Star Trek] episode {The Naked Time}. Patrick Stewart would appear in [Star Trek: The Next Generation] as the second Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard; moreover Picard would encounter and converse with his future self in the episode {Time Squared} on averting a disaster.
  • Kelsey Grammer wanted to return as the elder Beast in a substantial role, but due to scheduling conflicts with Transformers: Age of Extinction was unable. His cameo was added during reshoots to keep it secret.
  • This isn't the first time Patrick Stewart has used time travel to stop a group of robotic creatures from taking over the Earth. Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) travelled back in time to stop the Borg in Star Trek: First Contact.
  • Jamie Campbell Bower and Nico Tortorella auditioned for the role of Quicksilver.
  • Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen had makeup applied to look twenty years older than their actual age. They had previously had digital makeup applied to look twenty years younger in X-Men: The Last Stand.