The X-Men must team up with Magneto and his Brotherhood to fight against and anti-mutant special ops group dedicated to discover the means to mutant extinction.
X-Men 2, directed by Bryan Singer, takes place not so long after the events of the first X-Men film. However, unlike the first film, which focuses on the struggles of mutants, the audience is shown just how far the human side is willing to go when acting upon the same fear and anger as the mutants. One can imagine just how much worse a person’s day can get after an extremist group claiming to represent your people tries to destroy everyone else. Just to walk outside one would probably need to have a PHD in using a disguise kit. Unless you can change into anyone like Mystique or your mutation doesn’t appear aesthetically.
The film begins with Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming), a teleporting mutant, attempting an assassination on President McKenna (Cotter Smith) with a knife that has a ribbon stating ‘Mutant Freedom Now’. After getting grazed with a bullet Nightcrawler panics and disappears leaving the knife behind. This sparks a great amount of fear for the President and for the human community. The audience is then introduced to Colonel William Stryker (Brian Cox), a man who views mutation as a diseases and obsesses in creating ways to combat mutants. In addition to his pursuit for mutant extinction, we are shown just how cunning and creative he can be as he finds ways to use to mutant abilities against other mutants. Though the assassination is stopped, Stryker quickly and easily capitalizes on the situation by convincing President McKenna to authorize Stryker to conduct special operations to handle the mutant threat. All the while we see Stryker carrying out his plans as he easily manipulates and interrogates the imprisoned Magneto (Ian McKellen) via a special serum to obtain information on the Xavier School for the Gifted.
Meanwhile, Logan (Hugh Jackman) returns to the school to consult with Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) about the clues he has about his past while Rogue (Anna Paquin) and Bobby Drake (Shawn Ashmore) explore the sophisticated and possibly deadly world mutant romance. One can imagine just how much more complicated it can get for a teenager dealing with the possibility of hurting his or her significant other on top of getting acne right before the school dance. After pleasantries are exchanged upon Logan’s return Stryker attacks the school and begins to abduct what mutant children he can for his experiments. As Logan protects the school and the children he comes face to face with his past.
The film displays an interesting perspective on the opposite side of the mutant versus human concept. While mutants feel discriminated and hated, humans are frightened and angry at the prospect that a single mutant can easily overwhelm them which becomes evident in Stryker’s character. Despite certain nitpicky things like Rogue still playing a helpless teenage girl, Nightcrawler having a stereotypical German accent, or Colossus not being Russian the story presented in the film is quite entertaining and gets 7 out 10 from me.
Release Date: May 2, 2003
Starring: Aaron Douglas, Aaron Pearl, Alan Cumming, Anna Paquin, Benjamin Glenday, Brad Loree, Brian Cox, Bruce Davison, Charles Siegel, Colin Lawrence, Connor Widdoes, Cotter Smith, Daniel Cudmore, David Fabrizio, David Kaye, Devin Douglas Drewitz, Dylan Kussman, Famke Janssen, Greg Rikaart, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, James Marsden, Jason S. Whitmer, Jill Krop, Kea Wong, Kendall Cross, Kurt Max Runte, Lori Stewart, Mark Lukyn, Mi-Jung Lee, Michael David Simms, Michael Joycelyn, Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Rene Quijada, Richard Bradshaw, Robert Hayley, Roger R. Cross, Shauna Kain, Shawn Ashmore, Sideah Alladice, Stephen Spender, Steve Bacic, Ted Friend, Ty Olsson
Director: Bryan Singer
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action/Adventure / Thriller
Runtime: 134 mins
Official Website: www.foxmovies.com/movies/x2
Official Social Media Pages:
IMDB Page: @XMen2
Wiki Link: @X2
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