By Michael Clarke | Assistant Copy Editor
X-Men: Days of Future Past was released in U.S. theaters on May 23 by 20th Century Fox. It is the seventh film in the X-Men franchise and the fifth one under the direction of Bryan Singer.
In a lethal, self-destructive future, members of the X-Men group discover that they must send one of their own back in time in order to prevent the current indiscriminate Sentinel robot slaughter of Mutants, members of the X-Men group.
Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, is determined to be the only mutant capable of time travel and goes back to 1973. With the end of the Vietnam-filled ‘60s in the minds of most Americans and the Nixon presidency in full swing, Bolivar Trask, played by Peter Dinklage, creator of the “Sentinel” mutant-killing robots, eventually gains Nixon’s support for the Sentinel program and so comes the demonstration of such marvels.
In a debacle taking place at the White House, with robots on display, chaos erupts and decisions are made on who should be spared or taken for the sake of the chaotic future to which all mutants eventually return home to.
In just over a couple of days since its initial release, X-Men: Days of Future Past has made box-office grosses of over $340 million worldwide, surpassing its production budget of $200 million. Days of Future was the second highest budget for 20th Century Fox, coming second only to James Cameron’s Avatar.
The story was a perfect blend of X-Men comic book drama and tie-ins with contemporary topics and places. This is a frequent achievement for director Bryan Singer to successfully blend two worlds together.
The storyline flashes between developing plot points, and then viewers are suddenly thrust into a duel between the Sentinel robots and the X-Men mutant team.