Latest X-Men delivers magic of original

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Jesse O. Walls

The latest installment in the X-Men series pairs the old and new cast in a fight for the future, delivering an action-packed sequel that will leave moviegoers hungry for more.

In the future, robots known as Sentinels are exterminating mutants and have turned on humans as well, oppressing them because they carry the genes that lead to mutant children. It is up to Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to go back in time and alter history to ensure the Sentinel program never happens. Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), using her powers, sends Wolverine’s consciousness back into his younger self from 1973, and the fight for the future then takes place in two different times: past and future.

With the second installment in the new X-Men series, following the rather bland “X-Men: First Class”, it seems director Bryan Singer is bringing back the magic from the first two movies of the original trilogy. Many characters from the original trilogy make an appearance in the movie, and it is great to see Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart reprise their roles as Magneto and Professor X.

A slew of new characters from the X-Men universe make their screen debuts as well. Bishop (Omar Sy), who was featured in the X-Men animated series adaptation of “Days of Future Past”, got his time on the screen, while the scene with Quicksilver (Evan Peters) showing his mutant powers as everything else is moving in slow motion is more than enjoyable. The only downside is there was not a lot of screen time for the new characters.

Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence and brief nudity, the movie ends with what appears to be the promise of a sequel. While many online rumors claim the Apocalypse storyline is next for the movie franchise, only time will tell if these rumors are true.