Family Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13        Length: 131 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. It’s a superhero movie with the expected amount of violence for that genre: A future where mutants have been slaughtered, resulting in fields of corpses; robots that kill mutants without mercy, resulting in people being decapitated, stabbed, and literally torn apart (without any blood, of course); hand-to-hand combat; lots of gunfire, and so forth, but without any gore. Also some sexual tension and the implication of a previous sexual relationship between two characters; a character is addicted to a serum, in a way that is suggested to be like heroin use; some brief cursing.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ adapts an iconic comic book story quite ingeniously, adding story details that pull together elements of the previous films in this series. It’s a well-done endeavor, even though it underuses its fantastic ensemble cast.

By Roxana Hadadi

Our blockbusters are dominated by superhero stories now, but practically all of them—including this summer’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”—cater to a demographic that isn’t entirely aware of the source material already. There’s always exposition; there’s always context. Except for “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which knows its core audience and sticks to it. This is a film that assumes that you’ve already seen the previous six films about the X-Men (an original trilogy, two spinoff films about the character Wolverine, and a reboot in this film’s predecessor, “X-Men: First Class”), and it’s not going to fill you in. And its refusal to do that might be the best thing about the film.

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