X2: X-Men United (2003)


Movie Review

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, and Halle Berry

The measure of a good film is whether I need a drink to finish it.  When I watch X2, no real drinks are needed.  William Striker (Brian Cox) is waging war against the mutant community.  Striker forcefully extracts information from an incarcerated Magneto (Ian McKellen) to learn more about Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his school for mutants.  Striker invades the professor's mansion and steals key parts of the professor's machine Cerebro.  With it, Striker intends to eradicate the mutant race.  Mutants, regardless of their allegiances, must stand united in order to survive.    Also, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) tries to discover more of his own history as he realizes that William Striker has played a pivotal role in his life.  X2 follows the formula for any good blockbuster--plenty of action, big laughs, and a great plot.  The measure of a great film is whether the movie gets a round of applause from the audiences in theaters when the credits start rolling.  X2 is a great film that's definitely worth seeing.  You’ll be hooked to the movie from the start of the opening scene in the White House with Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming).



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