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5 Lessons Other Blockbusters Should Learn from X-Men: Days of Future Past

The rip-roaring seventh in the series is a refreshingly complex superhero movie that carries a far richer and more intense storyline than the average dimwitted blockbuster.

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John Boot

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May 23, 2014 - 7:00 am
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1. Time-travel movies are cool.

Jumping around in time creates challenges for screenwriters, but it also opens up more imaginative possibilities. Days of Future Past gets rolling in a nightmare sequence in 2023, when Terminator 2-like shapeshifting robots called Sentinels, created by humans to extinguish mutants, are mopping up a war that has nearly destroyed the planet. Only Wolverine (a character who is ageless, hence played by Hugh Jackman in both eras) has the healing capacity to withstand the bodily stresses of traveling back in time to 1973, to stop Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence, in a surprisingly prominent role for the world’s hottest actress) from assassinating the scientist (Peter Dinklage) who invented the Sentinels. She was hoping to stop the Sentinels from coming online in the first place, but the other X-Men decide that her move was counterproductive. The plan is to pacify humanity and prevent all-out war by saving the Dinklage character. 

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Oh, man, great! Another 'greatest' comic book focused action thriller - the best of the lot, the best of a long line 'best' superhero action fests - will only be topped by 'X-Men, Days of Future Future' where we will learn that all that has gone before were merely a prelude to a new beginning for Wolverine, Vaseline, Beast, Breast, and the others who take on a new, imaginable chorus of villains led by Magneto's daughter Magnetta who leads the gang on a romp through the heavens, and, and, and so on ad infinitum....

Man, I can hardly wait!
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It would be kind of neat if they made the villain a movie director who drugs and seduces young boys.
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so Trask wants to stop the VietNam war. Figures.
And why are they so worried about the minor bloodletting in VietNam while ignoring the BIG deathmaking of the dead Boat people, of the "reeducation camps" of south VietNam, of the Cambodian holocaust, or even of the really BIG deathmaking of the 1960's: the millions dead of starvation from Mao's Great Leap Forward? Guess Asian dead don't count if they are killed directly or indirectly by the PC...
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In the comics, Trask's only major interest was dealing with the mutant problem. He tried a few things before coming up with the Sentinels. In the long run that didn't work out for anyone.
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Please RTFA. Trask didn't want to stop the Vietnam War, he was incensed that it was lost by the US due to the spaghetti spined politicians. He was portrayed not so much as an evil tool of the mythical "Military Industrial Complex" but as an obsessed "World Peace" ideologue. I never got the feel that the film was ramming yet another "Evil White Conservative Old Guy" down my throat as the political villain. I agree with the author of this article. X Men DOFP has the most compelling story line of any superhero film I've seen to date.
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I just feel that an opportunity is lost whenever Hugh Jackman doesn't have at least one musical number to shine it...
14 weeks ago
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DUDE, SPOILER ALERT.
14 weeks ago
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But wasn't X vaporized by Phoenix? Or did I miss something else in the last 6 movies?
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Remember in the "The Last Stand" where they referred to the ethical dilemma of the healthy body of the man brain-dead since birth, the one tended by Dr Moira McTaggert (who was a young CIA agent in "First Class"). That body was supposed to be Charles Xavier's twin brother, kept alive by machines. When Jean Grey / Dark Phoenix disintegrated him, Xavier downloaded his mind into his twin's body. If you watch past the credits of "Last Stand" you hear him waking up and Dr McTaggert recognizing him as Charles. Why he's still paralyzed in the new body is beyond me. And how did the revived Xavier and Magneto seemingly know about a 2023 mission in 2011 at the end of "The Wolverine"? Comic book and movie continuity is like a M.C. Eischer drawing.
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Xavier's still being paralyzed seems to be one bit of canon they kept. In the comics from the 1980s or so, Xavier's body was healed by the Shi'ar Empire, an alien empire the X-men helped. However, even though Xavier was physically healed, attempting to walk caused him incredible pain, just like it did pre-healing.
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I don't know about that. You can atke your finger and trace it around an Escher drawing.
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I haven't seen it yet, but know a few who have. They say that by using this alternate timeline/time-travel plot, they've essentially re-booted the series, and nullified a lot of the stuff we've already seen.
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It'd have been a nice touch if someone referred to Dinklage's character as Dr. Loveless. In 1973 such a comparison seems like it would have been inevitable.
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