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X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 26 May 2006 (USA)
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An all-out war looms when the discovery of a cure for mutations draws a line between the followers of Charles Xavier and those of Magneto.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Logan / Wolverine
... Ororo Munroe / Storm
... Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
... Charles Xavier / Professor X
... Jean Grey / Phoenix
... Marie / Rogue
... Dr. Henry 'Hank' McCoy / Beast
... Scott Summers / Cyclops
... Raven Darkholme / Mystique
... Bobby Drake / Iceman
... John Allerdyce / Pyro
... Cain Marko / Juggernaut
... Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat
... Peter Rasputin / Colossus
... Warren Worthington III / Angel
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Storyline

When a cure is created, which apparently can turn any mutant into a normal human being, there is outrage amongst the mutant community. Whilst some mutants do like the idea of a cure, including Rogue, many mutants find that there shouldn't be a cure. Magneto, who still believes a war is coming, recruits a large team of mutants to take down Warren Worthington II and his cure. Might seem easy for the X-Men to stop, but Magneto has a big advantage, which Wolverine doesn't have. Jean Grey has returned, and joined with Magneto. The Phoenix has woken within her, which has the ability to destroy anything in her way, even if that 'anything' is a X-Men. Written by rsanchez

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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X III: The Last Stand  »

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Budget:

$210,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£7,091,820 (United Kingdom), 26 May 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$122,861,157, 28 May 2006

Gross USA:

$234,362,462

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$459,359,555
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Trivia

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, and Vinnie Jones also appeared in Swordfish (2001). See more »

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(at around 35 mins) When Magneto hijacks the prison transport, Pyro reads Multiple Man's cell number as "41205" but the number is visible as 41209. See more »

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[first lines]
Eric Lensherr: 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.
Eric Lensherr: 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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The Marvel logo features comic-book images of the X-Men in its pages. Notable characters/events seen are the Phoenix, Angel, Juggernaut, and a moving bridge. See more »

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Spin-off X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) See more »

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Enjoyable, Satisfying Conclusion
30 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

I must be one of the few, it seems, who enjoyed X-Men: The Last Stand. I have been an X-fan for many years and my expectations were still met by this film. Do I think that it could have been a bit better? Certainly. The script seemed to pack too many elements into a short running time. With those issues solved I believe that it would have been fantastic. Still, I felt that X-3 was almost on the level with X-2's greatness. It has taken another viewing and some time to reach this point. At first, I felt betrayed at the many liberties taken with story elements. But after I left the theatre, I could not shake the feeling that I needed to view it again. After the second time, I came to grips with the film and now like it quite a bit.

Contrary to some critics' reviews, I do not believe that X-3 became overshadowed by action. There really is quite little of it until the finale, which feels quite epic. There are excellent character moments sprinkled throughout. The acting is generally superb across the board. More Ian McKellen is always nice, and Hugh Jackman impresses again with Wolverine. Kelsey Grammar actually does a respectable job with Beast. The other characters all do well with what they are given. There are a few poorly written one-liners that reminded me of the ones in X-Men 1, but the script is mostly intelligent with powerful themes such as the Cure. Another difficulty is that the film cannot pay the proper amount of attention to the many characters, including the new ones. But they still all seem to contribute something to the larger plot movement in the film. Ratner's only obvious difference from Singer is his frenetic pacing and energy. X-3 really moves quickly, and this does not have to be a negative. I also enjoyed the emotion that was hinted at in X-2, and came into full force during X-3. I do not think that it reached sentimentality or was melodramatic; it really felt powerful. The stakes really do seem to be high for the final chapter of this trilogy. The viewer finds this out quickly concerning Cyclops and Mystique, later with Jean and Xavier (in a particularly awe-inspiring scene), and during the finale in a nice moment with Jean and Wolverine. I think that many of the problems people are seeing in the film resulted from the pressure the entire production team was placed under in order to develop and finish the entire film in less than a year.

But all in all, I have really come to enjoy it as a satisfying film that met my high expectations. Look at it this way if you must. Try to see X-3 as not a stand-alone film but more as the third portion of one large story. The first X-Men had the difficult job of introducing a large ensemble cast of mutants and establishing a story and tone (other superhero films with one primary character have it much easier). X-2 had the most enviable position as most of the characters had already been partly developed and it did not have to conclude the entire story. It could work mostly on its own, just having to leave threads open for the next one. X-3 had the extremely difficult task of closing out the entire trilogy for good. I see it more as the third portion of one expansive tale, thus in the larger scheme it must move quickly toward a complete conclusion. In my opinion, the many actors under the abrupt switch in direction did an x-cellent job.


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