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
Although the comic-book genre isn't for everyone, this particular piece
of cinema should find even greater mainstream success than its
See this movie if you're a fan of:
The Hulk (2003)
Marvel Comic Books
Stan Lee (Creator of popular Marvel comic books)
X2: Wolverine's Revenge (Activision video game)