X2

X2

Bryan Singer (2003)

128min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The first X-Men movie was burdened with having to set out the stall for an intended franchise; this sequel capitalises on the original's groundwork and pays the audience back in spades. This is what a mega-budget comic-book action movie should be - from its breathtaking opening assault on the White House, the pace never lets up. Former nemesis Magneto (played with relish by Ian McKellen) is now allied with the X-Men against Brian Cox's ruthless military scientist, Stryker. Our Marvel heroes, again led by Hugh Jackman's cigar-chomping Wolverine and augmented by Alan Cumming's camp shape-shifter and a handsome new intake of students, are pleasingly, fallibly human, and a sharp script leavens the dark melancholy at the tale's core with soap-opera romance and comic one-liners. Director Bryan Singer skilfully keeps multiple subplots spinning while moving inexorably towards a climax that puts the first film's Liberty Island sequence in the shade. It's overlong, but feel the quality.

Summary

Mutant heroes the X-Men are forced into an uneasy alliance with arch-enemy Magneto to battle a common foe. Following an attempt on the president's life, a sinister military scientist launches a raid on Professor Xavier's school and hatches a plan to rid the world of all mutants. Superhero adventure sequel, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Alan Cumming, Halle Berry and Brian Cox.

Cast & Crew

Professor Charles Xavier Patrick Stewart
Wolverine / Logan Hugh Jackman
Magneto / Erik Magnus Lehnsherr Ian McKellen
Storm / Ororo Munroe Halle Berry
Dr Jean Grey Famke Janssen
Cyclops / Scott Summers James Marsden
Mystique / Raven Darkholme Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
Rogue / Marie D'Ancanto Anna Paquin
Nightcrawler / Kurt Wagner Alan Cumming
General William Stryker Brian Cox
Senator Robert Kelly Bruce Davison
Lady Deathstrike / Yuriko Oyama Kelly Hu
Iceman / Bobby Drake Shawn Ashmore
Pyro / John Allerdyce Aaron Stanford
Shadowcat / Kitty Pryde Katie Stuart
Jubilee / Jubilation Lee Kea Wong
Colossus / Piotr Rasputin Daniel Cudmore
Siryn / Theresa Cassidy Shauna Kain
Director Bryan Singer
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Edited for violence and language. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 2 May 2003

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