• 12
  • Bryan Singer (2000)
  • US
  • 104 min
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Directed and co-written by Bryan Singer, this was the darkest superhero movie since Batman and featured the coolest special effects this side of The Matrix. Set in the not-too-distant future, the film follows the power struggle between two factions of a new breed of humans with assorted strange abilities - the good led by disabled professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and the bad led by Magneto (Ian McKellen). The Marvel Comics characters - including metal-boned Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), climate controller Storm (Halle Berry) and telekinetic Dr Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) - are well realised, and Singer mixes the classic values of good storytelling with liberal amounts of digital magic. On the down side, this plays a little too much like the beginning of a franchise and - outside of the theatrically trained Stewart and McKellen - star quality is in rather short supply.

Plot Summary

Fantasy action adventure based on the Marvel Comics series, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Famke Janssen. In a world where humans live alongside mutants with extraordinary powers, there are some that see conflict between the two groups as inevitable. But Professor Charles Xavier and his team of X-Men are determined to stop those hellbent on confrontation.

Cast and crew


Logan / Wolverine
Hugh Jackman
Professor Charles Xavier / Professor X
Patrick Stewart
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr / Magneto
Ian McKellen
Jean Grey
Famke Janssen
Scott Summers / Cyclops
James Marsden
Ororo Munroe / Storm
Halle Berry
Marie / Rogue
Anna Paquin
Tyler Mane
Ray Park
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
Senator Robert Frank Kelly
Bruce Davison
Bobby Drake / Iceman
Shawn Ashmore


Bryan Singer

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Edited for violence and language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 18 Aug 2000
Certificate 12