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X-Men 2/ X2

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  X-Men 2/ X2 Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
6.38 /10
Logan/Wolverine: Hugh Jackman , Eric/Magneto: Ian McKellen
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Directed by: Bryan Singer
Written by: Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Based on a story by David Hayter, Zak Penn and Bryan Singer, and comic book characters created by Stan Lee

Released: 2003
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 0

The plot begins with an attack on the White House by a mysterious mutant (Alan Cumming), which leaves one of the President's most hawkish advisors (Brian Cox) calling for the registration of all mutants. It soon becomes clear that Cox has in mind not merely their registration, but their destruction. So it's time for all good, tolerant mutants (led by Patrick Stewart), who want to integrate with normal society, to combine with the nasty mutants (led by Ian McKellen) who think they're superior to everyone else.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Are you male and under 30? Do you play more computer games than are strictly good for you ? Do you read comic strips but tell your friends they're graphic novels? Are you the kind of person who finds the suspense of waiting for The Matrix Reloaded well nigh unbearable?

If so, you won't need me to tell you to hurry on down to see X-Men 2 - or X2 , as it's more zippily called on the credits. Bryan Singer has made a sequel with production values that are higher than the original, a fiendishly complicated plot that does - wonder of wonders - make sense, and some extremely beautiful young women in tight-fitting costumes.

Heaven for geeks and nerds of all ages, this is storyboarded and art-directed to within an inch of its life, and Patrick Stewart rides around in two of the coolest wheelchairs you'll have seen. If ever I lose the use of my legs, I'd like to have the one with the brushed aluminium finish, please.

All the leading characters from the first movie are back, and this means that the story has to be rather over-extended, in order to give every last mutant a chance to exhibit his or her super-powers. The ones who have the most to do are Halle Berry, Famke Janssen and Hugh Jackman.

Jackman once again steals the picture, as the sharp-fingered Wolverine. He figures in both main subplots - a romantic love triangle, and a personal feud with overtones of Frankenstein versus his monster.

Jackman has so much charisma, despite having to wear the world's worst sideboards, that I kept wishing the film were entirely centred upon him. Whenever Pierce Brosnan hangs up his Aston Martin as 007, the Bond producers need look no further for their leading man.

There are so many high-quality actors around that you can't help but notice that the characters they're playing are at best two-dimensional, and the dialogue is only slightly better than in a George Lucas movie.

Those who were underwhelmed by the first X-men or are coming to these movies for the first time may feel a few longueurs. The best action sequence is at the beginning, and rather too much of the subsequent two hours is taken up by plot exposition. A simpler story might have allowed room for more thrills. But intelligent direction and stunning production design still deserve to make it a respectable hit

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