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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 Professor Charles Xavier and those of Magneto.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... Logan / Wolverine
Halle Berry ... Ororo Munroe / Storm
Ian McKellen ... Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Patrick Stewart ... Charles Xavier / Professor X
Famke Janssen ... Jean Grey / Phoenix
Anna Paquin ... Marie / Rogue
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Henry 'Hank' McCoy / Beast
James Marsden ... Scott Summers / Cyclops
Rebecca Romijn ... Raven Darkholme / Mystique
Shawn Ashmore ... Bobby Drake / Iceman
Aaron Stanford ... John Allerdyce / Pyro
Vinnie Jones ... Cain Marko / Juggernaut
Ellen Page ... Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat
Daniel Cudmore ... Peter Rasputin / Colossus
Ben Foster ... 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. While 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 Dark Phoenix has woken within her, which has the ability to destroy anything in her way, even if that "anything" is an X-Man. Written by rsanchez

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L'Ultime chapitre de la trilogie (The final chapter of the trilogy) [France] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Canada | USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

X III: The Last Stand See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

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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DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

For the opening de-aging effect, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen gave the Visual Effects Experts pictures of themselves as younger men, so that the computer program "Lola" could make them look younger. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 15 mins) The Golden Gate bridge is a suspension bridge, and its structural integrity is dependent on its principle suspension cables (in tension) being held apart, and its towers (in compression) being held up. The anchors in the banks usually keep the suspension cables in tension, which is what usually supports the main span deck's own weight and loading weight. Normally, a catastrophic structural failure would happen when any of the points of attachment are detached. But when Magneto moves the bridge to the island, severing the suspension cables from their anchors and the towers from their foundations, he is clearly carrying the bridge's weight, making its designed structure irrelevant. See more »

Quotes

[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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So you don't want to be a mutant...
26 May 2006 | by moviemanMASee all my reviews

Who wouldn't want the ability to walk through walls or fly away into the sky? Who wouldn't want to be able to lift cars hundreds of feet into the air or turn a cloudy day into a gorgeous sunny afternoon? For some this is a dream come true. For others than can't function without destroying their natural way of life, it is a curse. The premise for the latest installment of the X-Men saga is just that.

X-Men: The Last Stand goes deeper into the mutant versus human controversy. All of the favorites are back with the addition of some needed support. The main focus of this film is the introduction of a vaccine that can rid a mutant of its powers. It is called, "The Cure". Magneto, played once again by Ian McKellan, gathers his Brotherhood for a war on the mankind once more. His eyes are fixed on the one person who holds the answer, a small, innocent child with a gift so powerful, Magneto will risk everything for it.

Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) upon hearing gathers his group of X-Men to stop the menacing Magneto. He is short a few of his troops from the last film. Cyclops is still lamenting over the loss of his dear Dr. Jean Grey. When he can't take it anymore, he drives out to where he last saw her. Her voice has driven him to the edge until she appears. Who he meets isn't Jean, but her true self; Phoenix. She is Jean's alter ego, the most powerful mutant Charles or Magneto ever encountered.

Director Brett Ratner of Rush Hour fame delivers an action packed, special effects driven adventure. His style is unlike that of the previous X-Men films. His version is more along the lines of a regular action flick. A lot of explosions, stunts galore, and a so-so script. What made the other films enjoyable was the emphasis on the characters. This film has almost too many to include. Although some weren't present and some don't make it, there are too many side stories going on than are needed.

The mutants are always a blast to watch. Hugh Jackman returns to his old guns, relying on witty remarks and vicious attacks on unsuspecting victims. Somehow it doesn't get old. Kelsey Grammar is introduced as Dr. Hank McCoy, better known as Beast, a blue skinned, blue haired genius who wants nothing more than this war to cease. Also introduced is Angel, who sadly doesn't play too much of a role. On the other side of the battle is Juggernaut (Vinnie Jones). A one man wrecking crew whose momentum is unstoppable to the strongest of obstructions. Beside him is Callisto, a speedy little devil whose impact is virtually just filler. There is more emphasis on characters like Kitty, the girl who can walk through walls, and Collossus, a metal strongman, and less emphasis on Rogue and Mystique.

Without these characters in play, the film is special effects driven. Impressive CGI graphics and and intelligent use of the mutants powers go a long way in the making of this film. Characters like Storm (Halle Berry) rely solely on the effects provided by Ratner and his team or visual effects artists.

As far as summer blockbusters go, this film isn't one to be trifled with. It presents a lot of aspects that a blockbuster should have: a lot of big name actors, reliable story lines, stunning effects, and most importantly, an appeal to a large audience. The movie might be a little bit mature for children, but comic book fans and fans of the films will thoroughly enjoy this. The only remaining question left is; will there be another?


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