X-Men 2000

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Bryan Singer directs and co-writes this big screen adaptation of the long-running Marvel comic strip. Mutants Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) are former friends, but look set to become mortal enemies when fascistic US senator Robert Frank Kelly calls for the registration of all humans with abnormal powers.

Starring:
Anna Paquin, Hugh Jackman
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

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X-Men

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Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Bryan Singer
Starring Anna Paquin, Hugh Jackman
Supporting actors Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, Ian Mckellen, James Marsden, Patrick Stewart
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
X-Men is directed by Bryan Singer and based on Marvel Comics characters. The screenplay is by David Hayler and based around Uncanny X-Men written by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby. It stars Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Jansen, James Marsden & Anna Paquin.

It`s a future world where mutants with special powers co-exist with humans. Congress wants to "out" all mutants, Magneto wants to form an army of mutants to take over the world, but Professor Xavier wants mutants to only use their powers to do good. Something`s got to give!

Long in gestation (1989 was when it was first mooted), X-Men finally made it to the big screen in 2000 with much anticipation and apprehension. Cast and director changes occurred, as did rewrites & re-shoots, while the film was considerably lean with a running time of just over an hour and half. Throw into the equation that early in proceedings Bryan Singer had declared he wasn`t really a fan of the source material, and the apprehension of Marvel fans was understandable. Nice, then, that the final product has actually ended up rather good.

Singer had been turned around by the comics due to its thematics of prejudice and assimilation (the comic was born out of the civil rights movement), in fact it was this that also got McKellen on board with the project. Substitute Magneto & Xavier with Martin Luther King & Malcolm X and you get the picture. The whole theme of the outsiders trying to get onto a level playing field of acceptance is what gives X-Men its serious heartbeat. Sure it`s fun, and you got to have some silliness in a superhero picture, but thankfully Singer has managed to marry up all the threads to keep it accessible to film watchers of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Mar 2001
Format: DVD
I've talked to many avid X-Men comic fans and this was really the film that they had been dying to see since they first picked up the comic book.
To see it finally on film is probably something I personally have been waiting for since I was about 7 (many many moons ago) and to say I was impressed was an understatement.
Making a film from a comic book is hard. You have to appeal to the die hards "It's not close enough to the story line; its not in depth enough; Rogue doesn't look like THAT!" and to the mass market "What the hell is an x-man?" means you have to make sacrifices on both sides to get the ideal movie.
This has HUGE potential to fail - but the balance is right in this movie.
Instead of trying to appeal to fans with deep characterisations of all characters (10 hour movie, anyone?) they've concentrated on Wolverine and Rogue, balanced off against the die hards moaning that their fave character isn't in it enough (wait for the next movie, will ya!)
Instead of revealing the entire history of the Xavier/Magneto saga (which after 100's of comics still hasn't been resolved) they've given what I consider the ideal solution - brief history, but not much detail (die hards complain again, but it is in the spirit of the books!).
And instead of trying to follow the complex plot lines (who REALLY knows the history of Wolverine - anybody?) they've stuck to the basics - he himself isn't really sure.
I get the feeling that they have spent WEEKS just discussing how to execute this movie, and I for one think the result far exceeds most people's expectations - however, like any crossover movie, everyone is gonna have their winge about how it wasn't EXACTLY what they wanted.
If I was you, I'd leave your mind open and just watch Wolverine and Sabretooth fight it out : )
And where was Gambit?
:-p
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 18 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
The thing is when you sit down to watch a film like this; you shouldn't be expecting acting of Shakespearian standards, a subtle plot and sensitive subjects. What you're really after is a good chunk of action, some great special effects and a fun filled storyline to keep you going to the end. With X-Men you get that and plenty more besides.
Hugh Jackman is great to watch as the "lead mutant" and how great to see Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart trying to outdo each other in the ham-acting stakes. Another mention must go to the superb sets which give the film a wonderful futuristic feel. Couple that with some amazing special effects and the ingredients for an entertaining evening come together nicely.
Another great plus point is that the film has no pretence about it; it knows it is a comic-book action flick and tries to be nothing more. There no stuffing of morals down your throat as comic-books sometimes try to do, and any points the director makes are done with real skill and therefore work so much better than if he'd rammed the "discrimination is bad" message home over and over again.
Great fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By no1filmaddict on 16 Nov 2003
Format: DVD
I have never been a fan or fantasy or such like films, but after this film was recommended to me by a friend i thought why not just watch it and see if it was any good. So, i did, rather skeptically i will admit. However, before long i was really getting into and i was starting to grip the edge of my seat. By the end i was quite shocked at how good it was.
I mean, you can be really picky about certain things that they have missed out from the comics, but as i, and a large majority of others in the world have never read them anyway, i guess it don't really matter.
I have seen quite a number of films before, which have tended to be either action or martial arts, but suprisingly this really measures up. I would not hesitate to watch this again and i look forward to watching sequel and any others which they might make.
So, in answer to my original question, Has this film got the 'X' factor? Well, i would say YES definatly! And i would also say BUY THIS NOW!
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