Welcome to my review of the newly released X-Men Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut. This review will contain spoilers so be warned.
Last time we saw Rogue she had forfeited her powers with a cure in order to be closer to her boyfriend Bobby Drake. Since the events of X-Men: The Last Stand she gained her powers back and hasn’t been heard from since the war in the future broke out and escalated. X-Men DOFP (Days of Future Past) The Rogue Cut is known as the Director’s Cut for the film. It not only adds in all of Rogue’s scenes portrayed again by Anna Paquin, but also adds in new scenes featuring various action sequences, character arcs, and deaths, and a few scenes particularly with a blue shape-shifting mutant and a beast of a man. Now some people may be apprehensive about buying this movie again when it came out on DVD last year, either because they already own it or hate what the films have done to a beloved character like Rogue. Well this isn’t the same movie and even though Rogue doesn’t get her powers like she does in the comics, she still is a kick ass female superhero and we always could use more of those in films. This movie adds in nearly 20 minutes of extra footage to the theatrical film and it is like watching a completely different movie than the one that was released in theaters.
The Rogue Cut Details
The Rogue Cut opens up the same. The future is all dark and gloomy, mutants being hunted, and the X-Men are on the run trying to find Kitty Pryde and her gang. There have been added scenes and dialogue with Warpath, Bishop, Sunspot, and Blink with all them deciding on whether or not they want Wolverine to go back in time to change the past, fearing that altering that past will have them not be born or die in some other fashion. Storm interjects saying that even though those four may never be born if Wolverine succeeds, hundreds of millions of people will survive and have a future to look foreword to. There is also a really sweet scene between Kitty and Bobby, A.K.A. Iceman, saying goodbye to one another and they will see each other in the next life. Jump ahead to Wolverine waking up in the past with a little more action scenes involving him taking out the body guards and him driving away to find Charles. The rest of the movie flows like the normal theatrical release until you come to Wolverine, Charles, and Hank arriving at Quicksilver’s house to recruit him to help rescue Eric from the Pentagon. There we have the brief appearance of Quicksilver’s little sister dressed as a princess asking Logan who he is and in return he says, “I’m the Wolverine.” Interestingly enough fans have thought from the release of a promo picture with the little girl on Quicksilver’s lap to be his sister Wanda Maximoff, A.K.A Scarlet Witch. Fans will be pleased to know this is not her, for the little girls mother then asks her to go find her big sister, which we now assume to be Wanda who is upstairs during all this. We sadly do not see her at all during the movie so hopefully we will in a future film set in the X-Men universe. All of the scenes that were added in the past are so brilliantly done and transition smoothly with how the theatrical cut was originally released you can’t tell it was an added scene. The movie works both ways. Now there are a few more scenes that are in the past that are very cool involving like Mystique and Beast, but I won’t get into those here. You will have to watch those for yourself. Other than that the scenes and sequences that take place in the past generally stay the same. The main stuff that has been added or changed happens in the future.
Now what you all have been waiting for, Rogue’s scenes! Jump into around an hour and a half into the movie and Kitty is gravely wounded by Wolverine when he slips from her grasp on sending him back to the past. Bobby informs Charles and Eric that Rogue is alive and being experimented on in order for humans to add her power absorption capabilities to the Sentinels and is being held captive at the X-Mansion in Cerebro. That is the reason why Charles could not locate her and assumed her to be dead along with all the others. The three then take the new X-Jet and fly to the heavily guarded X-Mansion now turned into a base of operations for the Sentinels and humans. Rogue is rescued by Bobby, Charles, and Eric but sadly Bobby does not make it and dies at the Mansion while fighting off Sentinels. The one major difference in character deaths from the theatrical release. Now do we get the flying kick ass Rogue we loved in the 90’s cartoon and comics…sadly no, but we do get to see her save everyone by taking over for Kitty because Kitty is bleeding out so the only logical person to save them is Rogue because of her powers.
There are still quite a few more scenes involving Rogue and the others so don’t be afraid that I spoiled it all. Believe me there is a lot more where that came from. Anna Paquin still looks the same as she did when we last saw her in The Last Stand and still stands out in a huge cast for her brief but pivotal scenes. This film sheds a whole new light on characters and events that we either didn’t get to see in the theatrical release or were briefly mentioned. I know a lot of people feel like the character of Rogue has been watered down so much from her original comic portrayal that they were happy she was cut out of the film. If you still feel that way I would give this version of the movie a chance. Can I also just say Anna Paquin looks absolutely beautiful as Rogue? Say what you will but don’t forget that a few months prior to filming she also had a child. So for her to be wearing a skin tight white suit is impressive to say the least. Rogue is still a cool and vital character and it was nice to see her added back into a film where most if not all the original cast returned in some shape or form. I am not sure if the Rogue Cut will be counted as canon leading in to X-Men: Apocalypse which opens in 2016, or if they will stick with the theatrical release for the canon. Either way I am very happy that I own and have seen what Bryan Singer has been teasing us with for the past few months. All if these scenes have added so much to the film and have made it so new that it truly has been like watching a whole new movie. I won’t say too much more about most scenes, you will have to just wait and see those for yourself when you buy the copy of X-Men Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut, in stores now.