X-Men - the Last Stand

  • 12
  • Brett Ratner (2006)
  • US
  • 99 min
X-Men - the Last Stand
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

Director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) takes over the reins of the Marvel Comics franchise for this highly enjoyable episode. War looms when a cure for mutants is invented, threatening the future of their kind. The faction led by Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) stands for choice, while Magneto (Ian McKellen) believes in the survival of the fittest. But Magneto gains a powerful ally in the form of the resurrected Dr Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), whose transformation into Dark Phoenix has given her world-consuming powers. Major characters die in the mayhem that follows, but it's slightly hard to care when emotional connection is sacrificed at the expense of action. The script suffers from a bewildering mass of interpersonal storylines, too many characters (some given the shortest of shrifts), and lots of heavy exposition uttered in purple prose. But Ratner's technically proficient blockbuster is spectacular to a fault, with the best thrill being Magneto manipulating San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to become a highway to Alcatraz.

Plot Summary

Second sequel in the fantasy action adventure series, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. A wealthy industrialist finds a "cure" for the mutants, but it is an announcement that divides the community, with many refusing to give up their powers. As dissent grows, Magneto uses the unstable atmosphere to rally support for a war on the humans.

Cast and crew


Logan / Wolverine
Hugh Jackman
Ororo Munroe / Storm
Halle Berry
Professor Charles Xavier
Patrick Stewart
Eric Magnus Lensherr / Magneto
Ian McKellen
Dr Jean Grey / Phoenix
Famke Janssen
Marie / Rogue
Anna Paquin
Dr Henry McCoy / Beast
Kelsey Grammer
Scott Summers / Cyclops
James Marsden
Raven Darkholme / Mystique
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
Bobby Drake / Iceman
Shawn Ashmore
John Allerdyce / Pyro
Aaron Stanford
Cain Marko / Juggernaut
Vinnie Jones
Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat
Ellen Page
Peter Rasputin / Colossus
Daniel Cudmore
Warren Worthington III / Angel
Ben Foster
Warren Worthington II
Michael Murphy (1)
Dania Ramirez
Dr Kavita Rao
Shohreh Aghdashloo
The President
Josef Sommer
Bill Duke
Multiple Man
Eric Dane
Lawnmower man
Chris Claremont
Waterhose man
Stan Lee
FBI interrogator
Anthony Heald
Jimmy / Leech
Cameron Bright
Kid Omega
Ken Leung
Dr Moira MacTaggart
Olivia Williams
R Lee Ermey


Brett Ratner

Other Information

Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 26 May 2006
Certificate 12
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.