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X-Men 2 (2003)

X2 (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 2 May 2003 (USA)
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The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raven Darkholme / Mystique (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)


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 John Wiggins

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action/violence, some sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

X-2  »

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Box Office


$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£7,037,861 (UK) (2 May 2003)


$214,948,780 (USA) (19 September 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rebecca Romijn's make-up took five hours to apply. See more »


When Stryker is proposing the assault on the mansion, he introduces the surveillance photos as of a facility in "upstate New York;" by no stretch of the imagination is Westchester upstate. The town of Westchester is about an hour from Manhattan and Westchester County is right next to Bronx County, one of the five boroughs of NYC. See more »


[first lines]
Professor X: [voiceover] 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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Crazy Credits

This is the first X-Film in the series to use the Marvel comic-book logo. See more »


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Center of the Sun
Written by Annie Danielewski and Rhys Fulber
Performed by Conjure One featuring Poe
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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User Reviews

Better than the first.
18 September 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie was great--much better than the original film, which was pretty standard as far as summer blockbusters go. X-2 skipped all the awkward and unnecessary attempts at a backstory (and I'm speaking as someone who knew next to nothing about the XMen when I saw the film) and went straight for an intelligent route. The characters were fascinating and the special effects were truly pretty good--and that's saying something, since I'm usually bored out of my mind by that kind of thing.Some of the acting was absolutely wonderful. Rebecca Romijn Stamos, Ian McKellen, Alan Cummings, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and Anna Paquin more than made up for the mediocre attempts of Halle Berry and Famke Janssen.

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