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.
When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
It has been several months since The X-Men stopped William Stryker, but that victory came at a price: they have lost Jean Grey when she tried to save them from the collapsed reservoir. Scott Summers (Cyclops) is still grieving about her loss. One day, he comes out to the place where Jean Grey sacrificed herself. Jean Grey appears right in front of him. Meanwhile, the rift between humans and mutants has finally reached the boiling point. Humans have discovered what causes humans to mutate and have found a cure for the mutation. The X-Men are appalled at this idea. When news about the cure comes to Magneto, he decides to organize an army of mutants and wage his war against the humans. When Jean Grey evolves into the Phoenix, her new mutant powers are so strong that she can not control her own body. Then, she kills off Professor X with her new powers. Now, The X-Men must stop Magneto again and put an end to the war against the humans, as well as stop Jean Grey's Phoenix powers. Written by
The mutant Nightcrawler was going to make a cameo appearance in the film; Alan Cumming, who'd played Nightcrawler in X-Men 2 (2003), was going to reprise the role, despite his discomfort with the prosthetic makeup he had to wear for his role. The cameo was so short, however, that the filmmakers felt the long and costly makeup process was not worthwhile, so he was omitted from the film - the video game X-Men: The Official Game (2006) (VG) mentions that Nightcrawler joined the X-Men, but left because he didn't appreciate their life of action and violence. See more »
When Wolverine leaves on the motorcycle from the school and goes to the woods looking for Jean, to Magneto's hide-out, he is wearing a brown leather jacket. But, once in the woods, he senses something, the camera pans down as he extends his claws. Although the DVD Commentary from the Writers & Director mention it and jokingly say "He has a mutant power here, the ability to lose his jacket. He has a jacket here, if you look at his sleeve... and now, no jacket." This is because right after that he is shown in nothing but the white wife-beater style t-shirt. But if you look at it in slow-motion, and see in subsequent shots, it is actually his watch. In some shots, his jacket hangs as low or lower than the sleeve and if he was wearing it, we would most likely have seen the front part of the jacket against his jeans in that shot. See more »
I still don't know why *I'm* here. Couldn't you just make them say yes?
Prof. Charles Xavier:
Yes, I could, but it's not my way. And I would expect you, of all people would understand my feelings about the misuse of power.
Ah, "power corrupts" and all that. Yes, I know, Charles. When are you going to stop lecturing me?
Prof. Charles Xavier:
When you start listening. And you're here because I need you.
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SPOILER: A scene appears after the closing credits: Dr MacTaggart checks up on her comatose patient, and discovers Professor Xavier transferred his mind into the patient's body. See more »
This film is a perfect case for why Hollywood isn't doing well at the box office. The film takes a franchise of two good films and regurgitates generic Hollywood crap.
The dialogue in this film is full of cliché statements, and corny attempts at statements with deep meaning.. The dialogue sounds like the script of a novice, offering nothing to the characters.
Another failure of the film is character development. While the comics provide histories for the characters, none is given for the newly introduced characters. The viewer is left to simply accept the character at face value, without any explanation for their character, their history, or their power. Even the developed characters lack any depth of the previous films.
Overall the story seems rushed. The director seems to push the film forward through the action and thus the film suffers.
If you like the first two films then I would suggest not seeing this one. You would miss nothing.
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