X2: X-Men United -
Rating: 7/10
Genre: Action, Thriller, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Written by: Michael Dougherty, Daniel P. Harris

Length: 134 minutes

Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi/action violence, some sexuality, and brief violence

Hugh Jackman

Synopsis: The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces.

Review: As impossible as it seems for a sequel to be better than its predecessor, X2 was. Now that they have established the X-Men world they area able to play around in it. This movie doesn’t waste time catching the viewer up, if you don’t already know something about the X-Men or didn’t see the first film you’re behind. In this film they are able to bring in some more characters with interesting and flashy skills, I think their budget may have increased just a bit. There were the usual exciting fight sequences and high-budget special effects. A combination of good writing and good acting that is unusual in a Hollywood blockbuster led to some funny moments in this movie.

All of the old cast is back, plus a few new-comers, notably Alan Cummings as Nightcrawler in what I would consider a mellow role for him. Hugh Jackman will probably always look weird to me if he hasn’t got wild hair and a grimace on his face, since Wolverine was his first acting venture that reached the States I’m not sure I’ll ever shake that image. So I guess it’s a good thing he is good at the part. Famke Janssen as Jean Grey whipped out her acting ability and really stood out in this film. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos gets to she her blue scales for one scene and actually look like herself, I’m sure audiences everywhere appreciate it. Brian Cox performs well as an ex-military bad-guy intent on killing all of the mutants in the world.

I’m not sure what can be attributed for the improvement from X-Men to X2, but hopefully the producers know and can make sure that the next one (and there is sure to be a next one) continues this trend. I would recommend seeing this movie, I would also recommend waiting until the frenzy dies down and you won’t have to deal with the crowds of people stampeding to see this movie.


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