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Mutants continue their struggle against a society that fears and distrusts them. Their cause becomes even more desperate following an incredible attack by an undetermined assailant possessing extraordinary abilities. The shocking attack renews the political and public outcry for both a Mutant Registration Act, and an anti-mutant movement, now led by William Stryker. A vocal, wealthy, former commander for the Army, Stryker, is rumored to have experimented on mutants. Stryker's dubious mutant work is somehow tied to Logan's/Wolverine's mysterious and forgotten past. As Logan/Wolverine searches for clues to his origin, Stryker puts into motion his anti-mutant program--launching a severe attack on Professor Xavier's mansion. Magneto, newly escaped from his plastic prison, proposes a partnership with Professor Xavier and the X-Men to combat their common and formidable enemy: Stryker. With the fates of Xavier, mankind, and mutantkind, in their hands, the X-Men face their most dangerous mission yet.

Promising more action, CG, and more of your favorite X-Men (Nightcrawler & Pyro), X2: X-Men United rushes to a theater near you. High expectations and a severely critical fan base also accompanies this movie into box offices worldwide.

After watching the summer blockbuster twice, I only have accolades for this motion picture. For one Bryan Singer has done a great job of developing characters once again and more importantly their motives. In the first film, Singer did a convincing job of evoking Magneto's motive for hating humans by utilizing a dramatic Holocaust scene. The second movie does an equally convincing job of incorporating Pyro's distaste for humans through their ignorance and inability to accept them as humans. 

Secondly, I was impressed Bryan Singer's (director) to manage so many high profile egos present in this flick. I mean this movie was an elaborate undertaking, much more so than an Ocean's Eleven because of the extensive makeup required for certain characters. I mean you have Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian Mckellen, Halle Berry, Rebbeca Romijn-Stamos and a slew of other high profile names, but yet their egos are well managed. In Hollywood, many big name stars virtually dictate what their characters would do and say, but it becomes fairly evident that this wasn't the case for this flick. Patrick Stewart who traditionally plays a stalwart leader in almost every one of his films (Captain Picard in Star Trek franchise, King Goobot in Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (voice), etc), plays a character who is weakened by time and a government nemesis. Also, many of the characters step down allowing greater emphasis to be placed on the younger mutants.

Finally, the movie keeps focus on the important issues in the movie without going off on too many tangents. With many unique personalities and subplots, the movie focuses on two key issues: gaining acceptance from the public as mutants and the growing drift between "good" and "bad" mutants.

Although the comic-book genre isn't for everyone, this particular piece of cinema should find even greater mainstream success than its predecessor. 

See this movie if you're a fan of:

Spiderman (2002)

The Hulk (2003)

Daredevil (2003)

Marvel Comic Books

Stan Lee (Creator of popular Marvel comic books)

X2: Wolverine's Revenge (Activision video game)

X-Men (2000)

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Box Office Info:

Patrick Stewart (as Professor Charles Xavier )
Hugh Jackman (as Logan/Wolverine )
Ian McKellen (as Eric Lensherr/Magneto )
Halle Berry (as Storm )
Famke Janssen (as Jean Grey )
James Marsden (as Scott Summers/Cyclops )
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (as Mystique )
Brian Cox (as William Stryker )
Alan Cumming (as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler )
Bruce Davison (as Senator Kelly )
Anna Paquin (as Rogue )
Kelly Hu (as Yuriko Oyama )
Aaron Stanford (as John Allerdyce/Pyro )
Shawn Ashmore (as Bobby Drake/Iceman )

Directed By: Bryan Singer
Written By: Zak Penn & David Hayter
Produced By: 20th Century Fox

Release Date (US): May 2, 2003

Length of Movie: 2h 14min

Filming Locations: Vancouver (Canada), New York City (NY), Toronto (Canada), Winnipeg (Canada)

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action/violence, some sexuality and brief language.

Budget: $110,000,000

Opening Weekend: $85,558,731

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1. Suite From X2
2. Storm's Perfect Storm
3. Finding Faith
4. Sneaky Mystique
5. Cerebro
6. Mansion Attack
7. Rogue Earns Her Wings
8. It's Time
9. Magneto's Old Tricks
10. I'm In
11. If You Really Knew
12. Playing With Fire
13. Death Strikes Deathstryke
14. Getting Out Alive
15. Goodbye
16. We're Here To Stay

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