X-Men: Days of Future Past Friday, 10 April 2020

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Science fiction themes, violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Are you up to the Trask?

  • Starring:

    Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Josh Helman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart

  • Directed by:

    Bryan Singer

  • Running time:

    131 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, stabbed, impaled, hit with objects, combusted, torn apart, thrown through the air, punched, burned, hit, kicked, frozen, tasered, throat-grabbed, crushed, decapitated, slashed, wrestled, near-choked, drowned, gaffer-taped, kneed, threatened, thrown from high cliff, held at gunpoint. A crowd is fired upon, The White House is attacked. A character jumps through a second-storey window. Mid-air incident, aircraft explosion, police car crashes. Explosions, fireballs. Vietnam War, Cuban Missile Crisis, Battle of Iwo Jima, JFK assassination, killing the (US) president, stealing mentioned. Stolen goods, shattered glass, stadium collapse. People captured, tortured, experimented on, butchered (mentioned/photos seen). Screaming, arguing, shouting. Military vehicles, aircraft, personnel. Blood/gore: Piles of corpses, mass grave, skeletons, skulls. Singed body, burning man, character covered in blood. Bloody bullet wounds, blood in water, blood splatter, dripping blood. Bloody cuts, grazes. Scars, missing limbs, wound-dressing, wound-stitching. Hypodermic needles, blood sampling. Images of DNA strands.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple seen in bed together (sex implied). Nude male (rear view). A female character wears a form-fitting bodysuit. Shirtless men, woman in lingerie, cleavage, skimpy clothing, exposed midriff.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits, champagne, cocktails). Smoking (cigar, cigarettes). A man injects serum into his arm (needle, belt around arm). Being "on acid" mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-word, a-word, p*ss. Name-calling, discrimination. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    X-Men, mutants, civilisation, destiny, time travel, history, the Pentagon, superhuman powers, disability, hearing voices, mind-reading, hope, telepathy, choice, redemption, faith.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Saigon, hospital, underground bunker, prison cell, future settings. Planes, helicopters, fireworks, lightning. Sharp fangs, white eyes, black eyes, extended (snake-like) tongue, dogs. Vomiting, nausea. Roasting meat. Brief Vietnamese language (subtitles). Fast-moving editing. Post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Ambitious, scaled, stealth, playful, suspenseful, fantastic, vast-scaled, decades-leaping, fun, dark, dystopian, satisfying. Superb cast, sly humour, lavish fx, expert choreography, minimal widespread destruction, fleet running time, revisionist style, exceptional use of 3D, new recruits, top-notch visuals, tight opening sequence, breezy script, show-stopping prison breakout, symphonic climax.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Muddled. Some explanation is missing (best not to ponder it too heavily), no clear villain, some undernourished story parts, temporal paradoxes, labyrinthine plotting, fumbled set pieces, not enough of Quicksilver, squandered cast.

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