X-Men

X-Men

Bryan Singer (2000)

104min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

Super-powered outsiders Rogue and Wolverine find themselves at a school for mutants which is run by a benevolent psychic professor. While there, they agree to join others with similar gifts to take on a superhuman mutant terrorist faction intent on establishing dominance over mankind. Sci-fi comic-book adventure, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin and Halle Berry.

Cast & Crew

Wolverine/Logan Hugh Jackman
Professor Charles Xavier Patrick Stewart
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr/Magneto Ian McKellen
Rogue Anna Paquin
Storm Halle Berry
Cyclops/Scott Summers James Marsden
Dr Jean Grey Famke Janssen
The Toad Ray Park
Mystique Rebecca Romijn
Senator Kelly Bruce Davison
Sabretooth Tyler Mane
Director Bryan Singer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama