X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut – IMPORTANT! This review discusses The Rogue Cut in a fair amount of detail so there will be spoilers! You have been warned. And you cannot travel back in time to the 1970s to forget what you’ve read…
This version of the film had largely two extra scenes. A love scene between Hank and Raven after Raven calls on Xavier’s house saying it’s the only place she’ll feel safe – in fact the real reason was to destroy Cerebro so she could avoid Xavier’s mind reading and avoid being located. Hank falls for her charms (you cannot help thinking there had been previous trysts) and changes into Beast due to his heightened emotions, in response Raven changes herself to Mystique and asks him if he still likes her as a mutant. Both talk about how ugly they feel as mutants but Hank (as Beast) assures her he likes her regardless. One cannot help wondering if Mystique had been acting as there was of course an ulterior motive for being there. The two talk some more and things cool down, Beast then gets downhearted and leaves for bed. This is when Raven takes her chance to destroy Cerebro.
The other extra scene concerns Kitty, wounded by Wolverine’s metal claws whilst he was having a flashback during his transportation into the past. Xavier can sense Wolverine needs more time and that the injured Kitty must rest. Ice-man tells Xavier there’s only one person left who can do this and that was Rogue. Xavier didn’t think Rogue was alive as he hadn’t sensed her for years. This was because Rogue was being held prisoner under experimentation in the same room as Cerebro and the two conflicted. Ice-man persuades Xavier to fly himself and Magneto to Charles’ old house in order to rescue her. As they are leaving, sentinels turn up and attack – Ice-man dies. They return with Rogue who delivers the bad news to Kitty. Kitty breaks down and Rogue takes over the transportation of Wolverine’s conscience.
One small addition is that Bishop disagreed with Wolverine going back in time which prompts a vote on the matter.
For me in particular the addition of Rogue at the end made the film much more coherent. The original seemed disjointed towards the final scenes and, having seen this cut, I feel like I’ve got to see what the director intended. The love scene doesn’t really add to the storyline but, for die-hard fans of Marvel and cosplay, I’m sure it ticked every box.
My review had additional input from my son, Vibes, who knows the X-Men films back to front and hugely enjoyed this movie.
(DVDfever Dom adds: Note there is NOT a 3D version of The Rogue Cut, which seems an odd omission by Fox, given how the movie was shot in 3D. Then again, there’s always the Christmas market to come in a few months time…)
You can also read the X-Men: Days Of Future Past DVDfever Review (theatrical version) here.
Running time: 149 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video
Format: 2.35:1 (ARRIRAW (2.8K))
Released: July 13th 2015
Director: Bryan Singer
Producers: Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Lauren Shuler Donner and Bryan Singer
Screenplay: Simon Kinberg (based on a story by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn)
Music: John Ottman
Logan / Wolverine: Hugh Jackman
Charles Xavier: James McAvoy
Erik Lehnsherr: Michael Fassbender
Raven / Mystique: Jennifer Lawrence
Storm: Halle Berry
Hank / Beast: Nicholas Hoult
Rogue: Anna Paquin
Kitty Pryde: Ellen Page
Dr. Bolivar Trask: Peter Dinklage
Bobby / Iceman: Shawn Ashmore
Bishop: Omar Sy
Peter / Quicksilver: Evan Peters
Maj. Bill Stryker: Josh Helman
Colossus: Daniel Cudmore
Blink: Bingbing Fan
Sunspot: Adan Canto
Warpath: Booboo Stewart
Professor X: Patrick Stewart
Magneto: Ian McKellen
Havok: Lucas Till
Toad: Evan Jonigkeit
President Nixon: Mark Camacho
Beast (older): Kelsey Grammer (uncredited)
Jean Grey: Famke Janssen (uncredited)
Scott Summers: James Marsden (uncredited)