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X2: X-Men United

Connor Macgregor Reviews...X Men 2

I did X Men earlier in the month and now i shall review the sequel...This is X Men 2.

Several months had passed since The X-Men defeated Magneto and imprisoned him in a plastic chamber. One day, a mutant going by the name of "Nightcrawler" infiltrates The White House and attempts to assassinate The President. Meanwhile, Logan is trying to discover his past, and wonder why he became a mutant. However, the friction between the humans and mutants is grinding much harder. As a scientist named William Stryker is assigned to discover about Professor X's secret school and his chamber called "Cerebro". Meanwhile, Magneto's partner, Mystique, is planning to break her leader out of prison. Then, Professor X's school is attacked by Stryker's forces. Logan, Rougue, Iceman and others escaped. The rest of The X-Men meet in Boston along with Magneto, who escaped from prison. They must work together to stop Stryker and rescue Professor X.

I'll say this now and i stand by it for always. X Men 2 is the joint greatest comic book film of all time. It stands next to The Dark Knight proud. Why ? Well for starters its ability to handle many characters and give the majority of them a well deserved story arc. Jean Grey, Pyro, Storm, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Magneto, Striker, Xavier and so on. It felt like an ensemble cast in many ways with the flexability of the characters and the major story arc taking place in the film. The best performance is a tricky one to place, but i think I will go with Hugh Jackman or Brian Cox. Two fantastic actors who give such charm and charisma to their roles. Striker is quite an evil bastard but he is cunning and ruthless to acheive his goal and some of the reasons in which he is a great villian.

I think the direction by Brian Singer tops the second one with vengeance. Clearly the man knows comic books and knows them well. I hope Singer does other things beside comic book films because there is more to typcast to a certain genre.

Overall, X Men 2 is one of Comic Book Films super hits. Great ensemble cast, direction, effects, music and much more. This is a film you must watch.

Rating - 100% - A+