‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ (2014) review: A ripple in time

Editor’s note: This review was first published May 23, 2014.

‘Days of Future Past’ a superb addition to ‘X-Men’ franchise

Time is a wonderous, infuriating concept. It flows in one direction, forever immutable. Until we throw a pebble into that stream, forever altering lives and events in ways immeasurable and unforeseeable. The infinite outcomes stemming from changing one moment in time — say, killing a mutant-threatening human, causing him to become a martyr against mutantkind, resulting in a dystopian future where mutants are hunted and humans are herded like cattle — can cause a migraine something fierce.

So we’ll leave the mechanics of space-time travel to those with the desire to try to unravel those complexities. Instead, we’ll focus on the sheer excellence that is “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” a brilliant, emotionally captivating addition to the “X-Men” film franchise.

Chocked full of dark humor, unrelenting wit and an underlying gravitas centering on the ability — no, the need, really — to combat hate and fear with hope and understanding (and maybe a superpower or two), “DoFP” pulls together that which makes the “X-Men” story so resonate. Because, like its predecessor comics at their best, “DoFP” doesn’t focus on the fist-to-claw brawls. These battles are much more meaningful, much deeper and philosophical, cutting to the core of who we are as people, and who we are as humankind.

Click here to read the full review at TDN.com.

Five history-changing stars out of five, and a critic’s pick.

P.S. — Stay for the after-credits scene for a glimpse into what “X-Men: Apocalypse,” set for a 2016 release, will be about.

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Hugh Jackman, from left, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy star in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Alan Markfield/Marvel/MCT)

Hugh Jackman, from left, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy star in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” (Alan Markfield/Marvel/MCT)

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