In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.
Simple enough a scenario, isn't it? It gets complicated quick though, when conflicts arise first between the mutants and the fellow 'humans' in the group, and soon between fractions of the mutants themselves. Charles and Eric work together at first, but it soon becomes clear that they both think and do things very differently - even though Charles is the one who first finds Eric, and brings him into the group. He's a man with a very troubled past at first, and at the end... maybe not that much has changed after all.
It's an interesting, and appreciated backstory however, and deals not only with the group above, but also in large with Eric's vendetta against the people who experimented on him during the second World War - notably Sebastian Shaw, played by Kevin Bacon, who has the ability to absorb and send out energy - which is just as dangerous as it sounds!
There are quite a few new other mutants too, like Riptide (Álex González), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), Angel (Zoë Kravitz), Emma Frost (January Jones), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Darwin (Edi Gathegi), Havok (Lucas Till) and plenty more! Hank is properly introduced too. Finally. And after this he has a much larger role to play.
The director is now Matthew Vaughn, but Brian Singer co-wrote the story, and I feel it shows. Any X-Men movie he's involved in seems to turn out better, one way or another
Overall it's both a fascinating and flashy movie, full with emotional, and empowering, and larger-than-life kind of scenes. In a refreshingly old milieu. This is how it all started. Origins: The Rest of Them. The true Charles and Eric backstory, and it is good.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle