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In a dystopian 2023, robots called Sentinels have been programmed to hunt down and kill mutants while also additionally killing all humans who posses the genetic potential to have mutant offspring along with any humans who try to help and protect them. In Moscow, they attack a small band of X-Men survivors consisting of Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Blink, Warpath, Bishop, Iceman, and Sunspot. With no way out, the remaining mutants intentionally sacrifice themselves to buy Kitty enough time to send Bishop's consciousness a few days into the past to warn the others of the coming attack and ensure their survival.
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At a ceremony where Nixon unveils the Sentinels, the three search for the disguised Raven. Lehnsherr appears, activates the Sentinels, and barricades the White House with the RFK Stadium. During the battle, Lehnsherr impales Logan with rebar and throws him into the Potomac River. Nixon, Trask, and a disguised Raven retreat to the White House Bunker, but Lehnsherr rips the bunker out of the building with the intention of killing everyone inside. In 2023, the X-Men make their last stand as an onslaught of Sentinels attack the temple. Many mutants perish while trying to buy more time, with Magneto suffering severe injuries. In 1973, Raven reveals herself and subdues Lehnsherr with a plastic gun, saving Nixon and his cabinet. She attempts to kill Trask but Xavier telepathically convinces her to spare him, leading the public to believe that a mutant saved the president. As a result, the Sentinel program is decommissioned, altering the timeline and erasing the dark future of 2023 from history. The mutants in the past depart separately; Trask is later arrested for selling military secrets to foreign governments.
The Sentinels had two separate versions, to depict how the earlier prototypes built by Trask in the 1970s evolved into the adaptable killing machines of the dystopian future. Singer described the 1973 version as "a little fun and stylish but also a little retro", with a key element being that they are made of plastic to be unaffected by Magneto's powers. Myhre used styles from molded plastics from the 1970s to design Sentinels from that period, and cited inspiration from both the cars of the decade and "those wonderful TV sets that were round with smoked glass panels". The overall style was bulky to fit "the traditional idea of a robot looks like", and drew the most from the comics version, such as the purple color and a humanoid shape, while trying to stand out on its own with its retro design. The robots' ability to fly was compared to a Harrier jump jet, as the Sentinels had vertical takeoff and could glide. Life-sized Sentinels were built by Legacy Effects to be featured on the set, and had articulated joints to be fully poseable. The sound effects averted metallic noises, while adding woof effects on the Sentinels' footsteps to display its weight on the ground.
In the Rogue Cut, Rogue's role is more consequential, and the narrative is more complex: when Kitty Pryde is accidentally wounded after Wolverine's consciousness experiences a phase between past and future from seeing Stryker in 1973, Bobby Drake (Iceman) proposes breaking into the heavily guarded remains of Cerebro at the former X-Mansion, the one place where Xavier's mind cannot reach others from the outside, in order to rescue Rogue, who is being held captive there. Xavier, Magneto, and Iceman succeed in rescuing Rogue, but at the cost of Iceman's life. Rogue uses her power to take over for Kitty in regards to keeping Wolverine's mind in 1973, for the remaining time until the moment history is changed, with a suggestion that Wolverine is aware of the switch as he appears to feel Rogue's presence. The Sentinels are able to find the X-Men through a tracking device inside a Sentinel's hand that was severed from the X-Jet during their escape. In another major scene, Mystique stops at the X-Mansion the night before the Sentinel-unveiling ceremony, revisits her previous romance with Beast, and destroys Cerebro the following morning in order to prevent Xavier from finding her. A new mid-credits scene shows Bolivar Trask imprisoned at Magneto's former prison cell beneath the Pentagon for selling military secrets to foreign countries.
In contrast, Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph rated the film two stars out of five and called the plot "a curate's egg, thoroughly scrambled". He concluded, "The film squanders both of its casts, reeling from one fumbled set-piece to the next. It seems to have been constructed in a stupor, and you watch in a daze of future past". Simon Abrams, writing for RogerEbert.com, gave the film two-and-a-half stars out of four, calling it a "visually driven and paint-by-numbers plot". Abrams was critical of the undeveloped subplots that built up because the film's pacing left little time to develop each element of the story set in the 1970s.
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, X-Men: First Class, in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is a better than but not substantially different from other superhero movies. It's as visually indistinct and paint-by-numbers-plot-driven as most Marvel Comics-based projects, especially the gaggle of recent Avengers-related films. That creative deficit is a major problem in "Days of Future Past" since it follows characters who travel in time to prevent a future apocalypse. Thankfully, there's just enough right in "Days of Future Past" to offset what's wrong. Director Bryan Singer's confident direction mostly compensates for familiar comic book movie problems, including bald expository dialogue and forgettable action. The storytelling has such momentum that you don't have time to realize that the story lacks urgency.
Xavier is the worst character-shaped plot device in this regard. Because he's a telepath who has an established partnership with both Erik and Raven, Xavier already knows what ails Raven, Erik, and even himself. He eventually pumps everyone up slowly, empathetically, boringly. He even gives himself a boost thanks to the power of time travel, communicating from the future to his past self (this scene sadly contains Patrick Stewart's biggest chunk of dialogue). Xavier's speeches stink because they serve to remind you how much meat is missing from the rest of the film.
Analogy: The plot to save the world depends on the Terminator 2 Theorem, which states that a dark future can be avoided if you change the past. At this point, however, the X-Men begin to worry that they are living within the Terminator 3 Theorem, which states that the dark future will always happen. You can delay it: You can't prevent it. (ASIDE: "Days of Future Past" predates The Terminator by about four years, because Chris Claremont is a genius. END OF ASIDE.)
Bryan Singer based the time travel in the movie on string theory: "Until an object is observed, it hasn't really happened yet. The time-traveller, whose consciousness travels through time, I call The Observer, and until the Observer returns to where he travelled from, the result hasn't occurred yet. So he can muck about in the past, and it isn't until he snaps back that the new future is set. As a result, we have parallel action, and there's underlying tension, because there's always that threat Wolverine's consciousness could return to the future, and leave the world in an even darker place."
In the "Days of Future Past" comic, it was Kitty Pryde who went back in time. In the animated series two-part episode of the same name, it was Bishop, who in this movie, Kitty sends back first, and finally Wolverine. According to writer Simon Kinberg, Kitty was intended to be the time-traveller, but it didn't work out: "Kitty in the era of young Magneto and Xavier would have been -20 years old. The reflex response to that was a character who doesn't age. Wolverine is the only character who would look the same in 1973 as he does in the future." Thus, Wolverine was picked for being an ageless immortal character who would bridge past and future.
Sir Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Sir Ian McKellen, and Michael Fassbender, who play the future and past versions of Professor Xavier and Magneto, have all played the title role in movie adaptations of "Macbeth".
This is the third movie in which Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) played a time traveller, after Kate & Leopold (2001) and The Fountain (2006). This is, however, the first movie where he travels to the past, while the other movies had him travel to the future.
In the original cut, when Wolverine injures Kitty Pride after encountering Stryker, Kitty was to bleed to the point she could no longer hold Wolverine in the past. Iceman would reveal that Rogue, long thought dead by Xavier, was actually being held in the one place he could never telepathically locate her: Cerebro. To ensure Wolverine can complete his mission, Iceman, Magneto, and Professor X return to the X Mansion, which has been taken over by Trask Industries, to rescue Rogue, so that she can absorb Kitty's powers. Iceman was to die in the rescue, and the X-Jet has to fight off several Sentinels in order to escape. These scenes also explained more clearly how the Sentinels were able to track the remaining X-Men. A part of one of the Sentinels remained on the jet, enabling the others to follow the jet back to China, leading to the final battle at the monastery. Portions of this sequence appear in trailers, and these scenes were fully restored in the Extended Edition (Rogue Cut).
This film features multiple parallels with X-Men comic "Age of Apocalypse," wherein mutant villain Apocalypse engages in a takeover of Earth: the plot involves travelling to the past to rewrite a bleak dystopian future, Magneto is allied with the X-Men, Blink and Bishop appear as members of the future X-Men, and the changing of history results in Apocalypse's existence. Incidentally, the very plot of the comic "X-Men: Age of Apocalypse" was subsequently adapted into the next film, X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).