Parents need to know that X-Men: Days of Future Past (the sequel to X-Men: First Class) is an exciting superhero film that’s filled with fantastic special effects — and bone-crunching battles. There’s some blood — as well as guns, stabbing, and hand-to-hand fighting — though most of the action violence is of the large-scale carnage variety, including explosions and super-powered combat. Skeletons and corpses are seen. One scene shows a man’s naked backside after he gets out of bed (a woman is lying next to him), and there’s some swearing (one “f–k,” plus “s–t,” etc. ), drinking (the young professor drinks a lot, with bottles all around), and the “shooting up” of a serum that mimics drug use. As with all of the X-Men movies, this one explores issues of identity, fearing what’s different, and embracing who you are, as well as the notion that killing isn’t the answer to problems.
It’s the future, and mutants are in peril after a prolonged battle with both humans and robotic warriors, called Sentinels, that were designed to fight mutants by Boliver Trask (Peter Dinklage). This dismal situation harkens back to 1973, when Raven — aka Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) — shot Trask to put a stop to the growing threat against mutants. But that plan has clearly backfired, so Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) decide that the only solution is to send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to 1973 to prevent Mystique from pulling the trigger. But the professor and Magneto’s younger selves (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) are as estranged as two friends can get, and Mystique is filled with rage.