Set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport, a struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.
A soldier is dumped on a waste disposal planet and lives among a community of crash survivors on the planet and takes it upon himself to defend his new home when genetic engineered soldiers are ordered to eliminate the crash survivors.
Paul W.S. Anderson
Jason Scott Lee,
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother.
Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN. Written by
Twentieth Century Fox
Though ostensibly a prequel to the entire "X-Men" film franchise, this movie deliberately ignores continuity points of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Matthew Vaughn explained his intention was to "make a good film that could stand on its own two feet regardless of all the other films" and also that could "reboot and start a whole new X-Men franchise". Writer Jane Goldman looked at the film as an "alternate history" for the X-Men - though a reboot, the writers did not want to go fully "against the canon of the X-Men trilogy", citing the various approaches the comic had in over fifty years of publication. See more »
On the wall map in the conference room in Moscow there is an icon indicating the location of a nuclear power plant in the western Soviet Union. This location corresponds to the location of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Prypiat, U.S.S.R (now Ukraine). However, construction of Chernobyl did not begin until 1970, and Reactor 1 was not commissioned until 1977. When Erik is first seen as an adult the date is given as 1962, eight years before construction of Chernobyl began and fifteen years before its commissioning. See more »
Mother. What are you... I thought you were a burglar.
I didn't mean to scare you, darling. I was just getting a snack. Go back to bed. What's the matter? Go on, back to bed.I, I'll make you a hot chocolate.
Who are you? And what have you done with my mother?
[telepathically in her mind]
My mother has never set foot in this kitchen in her life. And she certainly never made me a hot chocolate, unless you count ordering the maid to do it.
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Part of the closing credits take place in a sequence of X-symbols, chromosomes and DNA strands (reminiscent of the opening credits to Dr. No). See more »
Superb! Rock-solid script, two amazing lead performances (the film is basically a bromance).
What you need to know about this movie before you go and see it.
1. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are superb. Each one, alone,
would have made the movie terrific, but together? Forgetaboutit! Every
step of the way, every scene, every emotion, these two men own the
movie and watching their bromance is a treat from start to finish. Make
no mistake about it, even when the world is on the brink of utter
destruction what really matters is how these two men relate to one
another. And when you watch the movie, you will care.
2. Everyone in the cast is good. Kevin Bacon has never been better, and
Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful. Rose Byrne and January Jones aren't
given much to do, Ray Wise and Michael Ironside only have a few short
lines, but - across the board - the entire cast are a delight.
3. The story is tight. You've got a bad guy with a plan, which he sets
about executing in A/B/C fashion. Against him, the good guys work
together. Their motivations are different, of course, but they pretty
much want him stopped so they unite. That's it.
4. Charles and Erik are fascinating characters. They debate. And
viewers can debate endless about them, and about who is right, etc. As
you watch you desperately wish they could stay friends, but you
understand why they ultimately can't. Even if they themselves, in these
early days, don't understand it yet. To have that so perfectly captured
in a Summer Blockbuster movie is part of what makes this a treat and a
future classic. But, aside from their relationship to each other, the
movie takes time to make each of them interesting in his own right. We
get to see Charles as a teacher, for instance, and come to understand
how he impacts upon the lives of those he tutors. Some of Erik's best
moments (away from Charles) are in his comments to Mystique about her
appearance, making it clear that this man has more to him than the
shadow of his past.
4. Most supporting characters have very little screen time. But that's
okay, since this isn't THEIR story, really. Of the bunch, it is
Mystique and Beast who are best served. Both have terrific character
arcs that - in a lesser X-Men movie - might have been the highlight of
the film. Here, their stories serve as quality background material to
the main event (Charles and Erik). Beyond that, we just learn enough
about everyone to know what they can do and like them a little bit,
mostly through their banter and most obvious character traits. Once
scene where most of the supporting characters are clearly terrified
will certainly go a long way towards making you care about them for the
rest of the movie. On the downside: Shaw's two henchmen don't get
ANYTHING to do except use their powers, and at the end of the story we
know as much about Emma Frost as we did at the beginning. But these are
the exception, not the rule.
5. Visually, this movie is a treat. The FX are good, no surprise, but -
much better - the actual sets/costumes are beautiful. Whether it's a
remote CIA lab or a lap-dance club, whether it's the Magneto helmet or
Mystique's everyday clothes, you are always admiring 'the look' of
what's on screen.
6. There are action scenes all during the movie, but - having said that
- the movie builds as it goes. The first half is more
story-heavy/character-heavy so that when the action REALLY starts we
care about everyone. And, again, it works. Even with the scant details
given their characters, when Banshee and Havok (for example) go into
battle you are invested in them to a certain degree.
7. There are surprises. Deaths, betrayals, cameos and name-dropping.
But, as well as being cool, all of this makes perfect sense for the
story/universe of the movies.
Superb! Rock-solid script, two amazing lead performances (the film is
basically a bromance). Haven't been this excited about the X-Men
franchise since X2: X-Men United.
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