Movie Review: X-Men 2

May 7, 2003


Director – Brian Singer

Running Time: 2 hrsX-men 2 opens with Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) still running his school for Gifted Children, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) still tormented by his mysterious past, and Magneto (Ian McKellen) still locked away in a plastic cell. The Mutants continue their struggle against a society that fears and distrusts them. Their cause becomes even more desperate following an incredible attack by an as yet undetermind assailant possessing extraordinary abilities. The shocking attack renews the political and public outcry for

a Mutant Registration Act and an anti-mutant movement now led by William Stryker, a wealthy former army commander who is rumoured to have experimented on mutants.

Stryker’s mutant “work” is somehow tied to Logan’s mysterious and forgotten past. As Wolverine searches for clues to his origin, Stryker puts into motion his anti-mutant program – launching an attack on Xavier’s mansion. Magneto, newly escaped from his plastic prision, proposes a partnership with the X-Men to combat their common and formidable enemy: Stryker.

With the fates of Xavier, mankind and mutantkind in their hands, the X-Men face their most dangerous mission ever.

X-men 2 is longer than its predecessor and packed with non-stop action. Clearly the production team had more time and more money to play with on than they did on X-men.

A highly talented, charismatic cast really make this film with especially brilliant performances by Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin (Rogue) and Halle Berry (Storm). The first-rate special effects really place you into the world of the mutants.

A word of advice, if you haven’t already, see X-men before you treat yourself to X-men 2. Understanding each character’s origin as well as the pain and torture surrounding Wolverine’s past is critical to enjoying the story in X2. To take it one step further, if you really want to be a total X-men geek, get your hands on the original Marvel comics.

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