X-Men - the Last Stand

X-Men - the Last Stand

Brett Ratner (2006)

99min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

The mutant heroes return to face a battle on three fronts. Arch-enemy Magneto is back with an army of followers, while a corporation has created a drug that permanently robs mutants of their powers. Meanwhile, their former ally Jean Grey has returned from the dead as the destructive and seemingly unstoppable Phoenix. The third instalment of the superhero saga, starring Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry and Kelsey Grammer.

Cast & 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)
Callisto Dania Ramirez
Dr Kavita Rao Shohreh Aghdashloo
The President Josef Sommer
Trask 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
Sergeant R Lee Ermey
Director Brett Ratner
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 26 May 2006

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