Uncanny X- Men
AFTER the less-than-stellar offerings of X-Men: The Last Stand and Hugh Jackman’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the X-Men franchise gets back on track in this fifth instalment which serves as a reboot and a prequel. Events take place in an alternate reality where the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s is orchestrated by mutant ex-Nazi supervillain Sebastian Shaw ( Kevin Bacon) and where Professor X ( James McAvoy) and Magneto ( Michael Fassbender) are still developing their powers and relationship. Enter the US government, which charges these two mutant mates and a team of other mutant brothers to stop Shaw – an assignment that fragments the two friends who have developed wildly different ideologies on how the mutants are perceived by humanity. Director Matthew Vaughn gets plenty right here, including the casting, action and a super blockbuster finale and, most importantly, fires you up for the inevitable sequels. Extras ( BD): A mutant tracker interactive feature about your favourite X-Men franchise characters. There’s also an eight-part pre-production to postproduction featurette series, extended and deleted scenes plus composer’s isolated score. NOT VIEWED.