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X-Men 2

 

The Diva's review of In X2: X-Men United (2003)

xmen 2 Rated PG; running time of 2 hours and 13 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Thriller/ Action
Written by: Michael Dougherty, Daniel P. Harris, Bryan Singer
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romjin-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davision, Anna Paquin, Kelly Hu, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford
U.S. Release Date: 05/02/03


WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

The Gang's all here at Professor Xavier's school for the Gifted. Besides Storm (Halle Berry), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Rogue (Anna Paquin) several other mutants have moved into prominence. There's Pyro (Aaron Stanford) and Icemen (Shawn Ashmore) who are still high school students at the school, but are slowly moving up in the ranks as they learn more about their powers. There is also Nightcrawler (Allan Cumming) who sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to wipe out Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his students for good.

Nightcrawler for some inexplicable reason attacks the White House. Because of this attack, The President authorizes General William Stryker (Brian Cox) to go to the school - which Strkyer insists is much more than a school- to question Xavier and his students. Once at the school he actually attacks it without questioning anyone and the students have to run for their lives in the middle of the night. What The President doesn't know is that while Magneto has been in custody, Stryker has been torturing him for information about Cerebro. So going to the school to question anyone is a ruse. Cerebro is a machine that Professor X connects to every living mutant and human in the world. Stryker wants this machine and he wants Professor X so he can "persuade" him to run it. But Why?

That's what the X-Men have to find out and they join forces with Mystique (Rebecca Romjin-Stamos) and Magento (Ian McKellan)to find out why and to save the Professor, but they have to get past Strkyer's bodyguard Deathstrike (Kelly Hu) who is basically a female version of Wolverine who also knows Martial Arts.

The Dish

Holy smokes! This one was better than the first. More often than not the sequel sucks. But not this time - oh no. The sequel is everything that the first one should have been, the story was much tighter and was multi-dimensional. The acting was infinitely better as was the dialogue. Special Effect technology has advanced enough to have provided us with some amazing visuals. I truly cannot think of one bad thing to say about this movie. It is everything I expect a summer movie to be and then some. A summer movie with a decent plot - who would have thunk it?

This movie was really about finding one's self. Wolverine is still on a quest to find out who he is and why he remembers being tortured. Through Stryker he gets hints to answers these questions and we learn a little bit more about him. We find out along with Jean that she only really knows about a 10th of her abilities. Rogue and IceMan are finding each other. Young love is difficult enough without the ability to suck the life out of anyone you touch. So they are trying to figure out how to express themselves without Rogue killing him. He is testing out his powers and coming to terms with them. Pyro is searching for his place in the world - good or evil.

The best part of the movie besides the special effects? The surprise cameos by various mutants. I won't tell you who shows up, but each time there was a cameo, we cheered.

The Directive

This one is slightly more violent than the first movie, there is also quite a bit more sexual tension so parents might want to consider that before taking young children to see this one. Other than that go see it and have a blast!

3BC Ratings

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Exciting. Exhilarating. Extraordinary. Exceptional. .


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