• 12
  • Bryan Singer (2003)
  • US
  • 128 min
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure sequel starring Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen. After an attack on the White House, public opinion turns against society's mutants. Military scientist William Stryker is charged with bringing them to heel, leading an assault on Professor X's training academy. Can the X-Men, led by an alliance of the professor and his nemesis Magneto, stop Stryker before he wipes them all out?

Cast and 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


Bryan Singer

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Edited for violence and language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 2 May 2003
Certificate 12