The idea of time travel through the method of sending someone's consciousness back in time, for me, was not creating the best premise for the start of the film. However I did enjoy the stark and bleak prologue, where 50 years from now mutants are hunted and exterminated with extreme prejudice. If you thought Emperor Palpatine's 'Order 66' in Revenge of the Sith was harsh, wait until you get a look at the Sentinels and their skill-set that makes them as frightening as they are formidable...though they do bare a striking resemblance to a particular Asgardian creation.
"...and so of course, things don't go according to plan and that's when the fun begins."
As usual in these time travelling adventures, one event is going to change the entire direction of mankind. In this here scenario; a dystopian nightmare has emerged, where both mutants and humans will face a war, worse than any other waged on Earth. But of course, on hand to try and avert this current future (can you say that?) are a small bunch of X-Men, with Wolverine seemingly the only one 'fit' enough to go back in time and stop one mutant's vendetta. In order to achieve this, he will have to unite; a heart-broken, drug addict and a singleminded, homicidal xenophobe in order to stop 'the event'. And who might these two wholesome characters be? Professor X and Magneto and so of course, things don't go according to plan and that's where the fun begins.
X-Men DOFP is directed by Bryan Singer who never created the X-Men films I wanted to see in 1 and 2. But here, Singer redeems himself with the help of screenwriter Simon Kinberg and producers/writers Vaughn and Goldman who's collaborative efforts on their previous films (X-Men First Class, Kick Ass) are always very much appreciated there, as they are here.
DOFP is perhaps the darkest of all the X-Men films, but it is laced with good humour and in the appropriate places has excellent action scenes that truly capture the might of the mutant population. The character development manages to bring enough detail in, to give us the credible motives of certain characters actions, which then make the consequent reactions wholly believable. Look out for 'Mr Speedy' accompanied by a cheeky in-joke of-a-reference to his paternal heritage and a whole string of story threads that will have film fans and comic book fans alike grinning from ear to ear.
As for those who were confused by the post credit sequence, I simply leave you with this...