When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto.
Dr. Bruce Banner, thanks to a gamma ray experiment gone wrong, transforms into a giant green-skinned hulk whenever his pulse rate gets too high. Meanwhile, a soldier uses the same technology to become an evil version of the original.
A shadowy freedom fighter known only as "V" uses terrorist tactics to fight against his totalitarian society. Upon rescuing a girl from the secret police, he also finds his best chance at having an ally.
Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.
An robotic warrior from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a 20-year old drifter and his future wife from an most advanced robotic assassin and to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack.
Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.
Several months have passed since The X-Men defeated Magneto and imprisoned him in a seemingly impregnable plastic chamber. One day, a mutant by the name of Nightcrawler infiltrates the White House and attempts to assassinate the president, setting off a chain reaction of anti-mutant measures by the government. Meanwhile, Logan is trying to discover his past. As scientist named William Stryker discovers Professor X's secret school and Cerebro, Magneto's partner, Mystique, is planning to break her leader out of prison. But when Professor X's school is attacked by Stryker's forces, Logan, Rogue, Iceman and a few are lucky to escape. Those who remain meet in Boston, where they form an uneasy alliance with Magneto to stop Stryker and rescue Professor X. Written by
Xavier's School for the Gifted is located on "Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center". "Graymalkin" was the name of the witches' cat in Macbeth (Act I, Scene I: "I come, Graymalkin!"), and Salem Village (present-day Danvers, MA) was the location of the infamous witch trials in the 1690s. See more »
When Stryker visits Magneto to interrogate him, he enters Magneto's cell while still wearing his glasses, which have metal legs. The scanning process should have caught that on his way in; if it hadn't, Magneto should be able to manipulate them and use them to escape. It was shown in the first movie that Magneto can manipulate even non-ferrous metals, so he should have been able to affect Stryker's glasses. See more »
Mutants. Since the discovery of their existence they have been regarded with fear, suspicion, often hatred. Across the planet, debate rages. Are mutants the next link in the evolutionary chain or simply a new species of humanity fighting for their share of the world? Either way it is a historical fact: Sharing the world has never been humanity's defining attribute.
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When the 20th Century Fox logo fades away, the X in the logo stays for a second longer before it also fades away. See more »
One Of Those Few Sequels That Surpass The First By Leaps And Bounds
X-Men 2: X-Men United
X2 gets to join that small list of sequels that exceed the originals. The first was deeply flawed, and this installment not only fixes those flaws, but goes beyond them.
The largest flaw of X-Men, was that it lacked character development. Well not only does the sequel develop the original stellar cast, but it adds more characters...who are ALSO developed!!! Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) haunting past is laid out. He has choices to make, discoveries to find, memories to rediscover...Rogue (Anna Paquin) has a boyfriend Bobby/Iceman (series newcomer Shawn Ashmore) and they are both trying to get close to each other, while overcoming Rogue's devastatingly unique talent (for those who don't know she sucks the life from people who make physical contact with her). Jean Grey's powers are growing out of control, and she has to try and contain them, while also finding out why. Not to mention she's tangled in a love triangle with Wolverine and Cyclops (James Marsden). And Mystique (Rebbecca Romijn) is trying to interject herself into that as well. Even professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) seems to be in a rut, the thought of a former student (Michael Reid MacKay) on mind.
Among the newcomers are Pyro (Aaron Standford), a temperamental teen with a flare (HA!) for playing with fire. And maybe joining the brotherhood (Magneto's band of mutant terrorists)...? And Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming), a teleporter, who has deep catholic faith, and nearly (though he doesn't know why) killed the president. And a silent assailant/bodyguard, Deathstrike (Kellly Hu). With some future mutants hinted at (such as Colossus).
The story is also much better this time around, finding a far more radical villain (William Striker, played with uncanny ability by Brian Cox) trying to permanently exterminate mutants. The stakes are high, and it plays out awesomely, featuring truly amazing action sequences along the way (a breath-taking opening assault on the white house; and an intense raid on the mutant school).
There's light humor spread here and there (Wolverine hears a noise, and unleashes his claws on...a cat, who proceeds to lick them), and the atmosphere of the first (a perfect capturing of mutant segregation) is still intact (notable most, when Bobby Drake/Iceman goes to his parents to tell them what he is). Bryan Singer has done an amazing and commendable job. 10/10.
"Have you ever tried...not being a mutant?"-X2: X-Men United
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