Bryan Singer (2003)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Mutant heroes the X-Men are forced into an uneasy alliance with arch-enemy Magneto to battle a common foe. Following an attempt on the US president's life, a sinister military scientist launches a raid on Professor Xavier's school and hatches a plan to rid the world of all mutants. Superhero adventure sequel, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Alan Cumming, Halle Berry and Brian Cox.

Cast & Crew

Wolverine/Logan Hugh Jackman
Professor Charles Xavier Patrick Stewart
Erik Magnus Lehnsherr/Magneto Ian McKellen
William Stryker Brian Cox
Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler Alan Cumming
Storm/Ororo Munroe Halle Berry
Jean Grey Famke Janssen
Mystique Rebecca Romijn
Cyclops/Scott Summers James Marsden
Rogue Anna Paquin
Director Bryan Singer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray