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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
James McAvoy
Michael Fassbender
Jennifer Lawrence
January Jones
Kevin Bacon
Rose Byrne
Nicholas Hoult
Jason Flemyng
Oliver Platt
Directors
Matthew Vaughn
Screenwriters
Jane Goldman
Ashley Miller
Zack Stentz
Jamie Moss
Running Time
131 minutes

X-Men: First Class
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X-Men: First Class

Plot
1962. Mutant supremacist Sebastian Shaw (Bacon) plots to manipulate the world towards nuclear armageddon. Genetics expert Charles Xavier (McAvoy) joins forces with Shaw's one-time protégé (or rather, test subject) Erik Lehnsherr (Fassbender), both overseen by a secret US government organisation, to stop him.


Verdict
All you'd expect from an X-Men film (or spin-off, or prequel), but not all you'd hope for. It smacks of rush and compromise, but there's thankfully enough to make you feel optimistic about the series' future once more.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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