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X: First Class (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 3 June 2011 (USA)
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In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.

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Matthew Vaughn

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Ashley Miller (screenplay by) (as Ashley Edward Miller), Zack Stentz (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Charles Xavier (24 Years)
Laurence Belcher ... Charles Xavier (12 Years)
Michael Fassbender ... Erik Lensherr
Bill Milner ... Young Erik
Kevin Bacon ... Sebastian Shaw
Rose Byrne ... Moira MacTaggert
Jennifer Lawrence ... Raven / Mystique
Beth Goddard ... Mrs. Xavier
Morgan Lily ... Young Raven (10 yrs)
Oliver Platt ... Man in Black Suit
Álex González ... Janos Quested / Riptide (as Alex González)
Jason Flemyng ... Azazel
Zoë Kravitz ... Angel Salvadore
January Jones ... Emma Frost
Nicholas Hoult ... Hank / Beast
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Storyline

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

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Their powers would make them different. But destiny would make them allies. See more »


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

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Release Date:

3 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

X-Men: First Class See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,101,604, 5 June 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$146,408,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$353,624,124
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Josh Schwartz wrote an early version of the screenplay, but once Bryan Singer became attached, Schwartz's script was ditched as Singer wanted to take the story in a different direction. Jamie Moss was subsequently hired to write a new draft. See more »

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The Film shows CIA headquarters at Langley In 1962. The construction for the Langley headquarters didn't even start until 1965. The first secretaries didn't move into the building until 1968. In 1962 the CIA operated out of several different buildings in D.C. See more »

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[first lines]
Charles Xavier: Mother. What are you... I thought you were a burglar.
Mrs. Xavier: 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.
Charles Xavier: Who are you? And what have you done with my mother?
Charles Xavier: [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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Action Film Indeed
2 June 2011 | by TourettesPersonalSee all my reviews

The biggest problem of these prequels is it's kind of messy to the original X-Men movies. Well, the filmmakers said this is a reboot but there are some references to the original X-Men series. Anyways, "X-Men: First Class" is fun and had a lot of great action. It's the biggest X-Men movie ever made and it's better than the last two X-Men movies.

The filmmakers stated that this movie is a reboot but things from the old X-Men movies had an appearance to this movie. The problem of giving reference from the old X-Men movies to this reboot is it doesn't make this movie stand alone. Maybe the references only made for the laughs but if this is a prequel then it'll be a total mess.

The best parts goes to the action(obviously). Matthew Vaughn knows how to make big and awesome action scenes. The best parts also goes to the scenes of Michael Fassbender. He really steals the show. He made Erik/Magneto more dangerous than ever. It's fun and intense to see him do something menacing. The rest of the cast is also pretty good. James McAvoy gave a lot of heart to his role. Him and Fassbender had good chemistry.

Overall, "X-Men First Class" is good especially if you are looking for large scale action. I guess large scale is one thing that's missing to the first four X-Men films. X3 had a large scale action that left us hanging in the end. This one has the action finale that is intense and really big. Maybe the reference of the old X-Men movies is only made for the laughs. By the way this is Matthew Vaughn's thing. There's action plus comedy.


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