Based on the two-part Uncanny X-men arc, DOFP sees an underground mutant resistance trying to survive a dystopian future where mutant and human alike have suffered because of man’s fear and intolerance. Knowing only Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) would be able to survive a trip decades back into the past, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) projects his consciousness into his younger self in order to negate the chain of events that began in 1973. This release, however, sees Anna Paquin’s Rogue take over from Kitty Pryde at the 90 minute mark after she’s wounded by one of Wolvie’s stray claws. In the theatrical release she soldiered on, but this time Magneto (Sir Ian McKellen) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) jet set from China, pick up Rogue and make it back in time for the third act. It’s a liberal use of the word ‘cut’, shoe-horning in deleted scenes to make Paquin’s theatrical cameo a little clearer. Even with crafty editing, the additional 17 minutes slows the film down enough to drag.
DOFP boasts some of the best action sequences of any of the X-Men movies, perhaps even most of the MCU. It’s often an excessive spectacle, but the characters are at the forefront with their complex relationships informing every punch, kick and power flex. It’s been 15 years since these actors first stepped into their roles and kick started the modern comic book boom at the box office. It’s been a long cinematic journey with more duds than ups, and The Rogue Cut is only a blip in that trajectory. Expecting fans to pay for what amounts to little more than a special features curiosity is audacious, even Rogue acolytes will be sorely miffed as her southern drawl barely gets a look in.
Special Features: Audio commentary / Round table discussion / Making-of / Gallery / Theatrical cut of the film
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST – THE ROGUE CUT / CERT: 12 / DIRECTOR: BRYAN SINGER / SCREENPLAY: SIMON KINBERG / STARRING: HUGH JACKMAN, JAMES MCAVOY, MICHAEL FASSBENDER, JENNIFER LAWRENCE, ANNA PAQUIN / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW