X-Men 2 [DVD]
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Bryan Singer returns to direct this big screen sequel. Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and the Academy for Gifted Youngsters, aka the X-Men, find themselves in the firing line after a failed assassination attempt on the President points the finger at the school. It was in fact the mysterious teleporter Nightwalker (Alan Cumming) who ordered it, and, in an attempt to clear their names, the X-Men are led into a trap set by the evil William Stryker (Brian Cox) - a mysterious scientist apparently working for the government. As it soon becomes evident that Stryker's agenda is to destroy all mutants, the X-Men need to call in the help of many of their old friends and foes, including Magneto (Ian McKellen), if they are to stop him.
X-Men 2 picks up almost directly where X-Men left off: misguided super-villain Magneto (Ian McKellan) is still a prisoner of the US government, heroic bad-boy Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is up in Canada investigating his mysterious origin, and the events at Liberty Island (which occurred at the conclusion of X-Men) have prompted a rethink in official policy towards mutants--the proposed Mutant Registration Act has been shelved by US Congress. Into this scenario pops wealthy former Army commander William Stryker, a man with the President's ear and a personal vendetta against all mutant-kind in general, and the X-Men's leader Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in particular. Once he sets his plans into motion, the X-Men must team-up with their former enemies Magneto and Mystique (Rebecca Romjin-Stamos), as well as some new allies (including Alan Cumming's gregarious, blue-skinned German mutant, Nightcrawler).
The phenomenal global success of X-Men meant that director Bryan Singer had even more money to spend on its sequel, and it shows. Not only is the script better (there's significantly less cheesy dialogue than the original), but the action and effects are also even more stupendous--from Nightcrawler's teleportation sequence through the White House to a thrilling aerial dogfight featuring mutants-vs-missiles to a military assault on the X-Men's school/headquarters to the final showdown at Stryker's sub-Arctic headquarters. Yet at no point do the effects overtake the film or the characters. Moreso than the original, this is an ensemble piece, allowing each character in its even-bigger cast at least one moment in the spotlight (in fact, the cast credits don't even run until the end of the film). And that, perhaps, is part of its problem (though it's a slight one)--with so much going on, and nary a recap of what's come before, it's a film that could prove baffling to anyone who missed the first installment. But that's just a minor quibble--X-Men 2 is that rare thing, a sequel that's actually superior to its predecessor. --Robert Burrow --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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The first X-Men movie was enjoyable, a bit too short, an iffy story and not quite epic enough but it achieved its main aim - to introduce the characters and the world of mutants.
With that out of the way, the sequel was able to get down to the nitty gritty and have some real fun! In short, this film is vastly superior to the first in every way. The story, acting and production of the film is top notch.
All the usual players are back, Captain Picard....*ahem* I mean Patrick Stewart as Professor X, a beardless Gandalf aka Ian McKellen as Magneto and Hugh Jackman is in top form as Wolverine. All the other X-men return and their characters are further fleshed out in this film but the aforementioned three are the key figures.
The new additions are perhaps the most impressive however, Stryker is the brilliantly malevolent baddie intent on mutant genocide, Pyro, a young mutant with possibly the coolest power ever - the ability to control fire - and Nightcrawler, a mutant capable of teleportation through walls, stars in a terrific opening scene that sets the high standard which the rest of the film sticks to admirably.
There are several other memorable scenes - not least special forces raiding the Mutant School and Wolverine proceeding to rip em a new one, and the finale inside an abandoned military compound.
The film concludes on something of a cliff-hangar with the end scene very VERY reminiscent of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.Read more ›
What can i say? The tone is even darker for x-men 2, which is great - it is this apocolyptic mood which makes the x-men one of marvel's greatest creations. I like also how the film works as a kind of analogy to the civil rights movement in the US during the 1950s and 60s: Professor Xavier is akin to martin luther king, preaching unity and tolerance between humans and mutants, while Magneto adopts Malcolm x's separatist, confrontational attitude.
As expected, the special effects are spectacular, but for me it is the plot, characters and cast which really propel things along. Ian Mckellen, a giant in the world of acting, is really fantastic as the cynical Magneto. Hugh Jackman has made the wolverine role his own, while Patrick Stewart seems to have finally shaken off the Captain picard persona in his portrayal of Professor Xavier.
Finally, Mystique must rate as the sexiest female blue mutant in cinema history.
X-men 2 begins without much progress from the first film, as Magneto is still a prisoner of the government. Magneto is being systematically tortured into revealing all the secrets that both he and Xavier have. An attempt is then made on the life of the US president, which is the ticket for the psychotic Stryker to launch a full-scale war on the mutant population. The school is attacked, and much of the rest of the film focuses on the attempts of the X-men to regroup, and to stay alive. An uneasy alliance forms between the X-men and Magneto's acolytes, as they fight to save themselves from extinction.
Although the effects are thankfully subservient to the script, this simply illustrates how good the script must be, because the effects are simply amazing. The Nightcrawler sequence is absolutely phenomenal, and makes one wonder exactly how the humans have any chance whatsoever of fighting any one mutant with well-developed powers. I particularly enjoyed the fight between Wolverine and his female nemesis. Special mention must also go to the music - I have never heard Mozart choreographed so well to the action in any film.
I hope there are many more X-men films in the pipeline. There is decades of good comic book material for the producers to use, and one can only hope that they continue making films of this quality. I have found that it is possible to watch this film several times, which makes it an ideal DVD purchase. The film should also be capable of being enjoyed by a wide selection of the population - it's not just for comic book geeks, folks!
The characters are set, so this film gives the chance to explore them a little deeper. Glad to say the whole cast is back. Super fun to see Gandolf being a bad guy! Ian McKellan is back as Magneto the mutant who sees the destruction of mankind as the only way for the mutants to survive. Patrick Stewart is Professor Charles Xavier, the kindly mentor who has a safe haven for mutants and works for their betterment for all. Back also are Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine; Halle Berry magnificent as Storm; Famke Janssen as Jean Grey and Bruce Davison as Senator Kelly . Also, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as Mystique, Magneto's new sidekick, Brian Cox (the first Hannibal Lector) as Striker, his mutant killer Yuriko Oyama is played well by Kelly Hu and super addition is Alan Cumming as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler. The whole cast does a wonderful job.
When we last saw Magneto, he'd been imprisoned within a plastic jail, since any metal can be reformed and used by him. Everyone was happy at the school run by Xavier, while Logan was off trying to figure out his past. The Senator was now a mutant.
After the Nightcrawler attacks the president in a protest for Mutant's rights, Striker is able to pressure the president into a campaign against Xavier's School, playing right into Magneto's plans.Read more ›
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