X-Men United - X2 (2003) Movie Review

X-Men United - X2 (2003)

2003 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
134 minutes /

User Score: 70/100


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X-Men United - X2 Review

Synopsis:

The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces.

X-Men 2 (2003) is a 2h 14-min PG-13 American fantasy-superhero action-adventure film that is the sequel to X-Men (2000) and is the second installment in the X-Men film series. X-Men 2 was based on the X-Men superhero team in Marvel Comics and grossed over $407 million at the box office with an estimated budget of $110 million. Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects (1995), House (2004-2012), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)) nailed directing this visually worthy movie that I hope a lot of X-Men fans got to see in the movie theaters because it was the best place to see it. X-Men 2 was a great addition to the X-men franchise, and if fans dare, you can have an entertaining couple of hours watching the three films back to back, marathon anyone? The best scenes were the one with the Nightcrawler as his appearance was superior to anyone else and it just did it for me, spectacular.

X-Men 2 revolves around humankind vs. mutants where the two opposing mutant forces come together for the first time to fight William Stryker who is within the government umbrella. Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner (Alan Cumming - The Good Wife (2010-2016), GoldenEye (1995), Spy Kids (2001)) who can teleport was brainwashed into assassinating the president. Nightcrawler attempt to kill the president failed, but his attack caused the threat of mutant danger to be pushed to the forefront.

William Stryker (Brian Cox - Troy (2004), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Bourne Identity (2002), Braveheart (1995)) is determined to rebuild a duplicate version of Cerebro. He is trying to persuade the government into intruding/bombarding the X-men’s school for gifted youngsters. We learn that William wants to rebuild Cerebro so that he can use it to destroy the mutant race with the device. Our dear friend Magneto/Eric Lensherr (Ian McKellen - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)) was being held in a plastic prison. Mystique/Raven Darkholme (
Rebecca Romijn - X-Men (2000), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Femme Fatale (2002)) tries with the best of her abilities to penetrate the security system and break him out. Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman - The Prestige (2006), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men (2000), Prisoners (2013)) did not stop from trying to prod Jean into leaving Scott.

X-Men 2 was a fantastic treat that showed us several exhilarating battles as the mutant tries to exterminate William and his deadly sidekick. The movie ended, and I was not ready for it to end as I wanted more - I was helplessly waiting for the next sequel as I became hooked to being an X-Men fan.


About X-Men United - X2 (2003)

Title: X-Men United - X2
Original Title: X-2, X-Men 2, X-Men 2: X-Men United, X-Men II, X2: X-Men United, X²
AKA: X2
Year: 2003
Runtime: 134 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Reviewer:
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.5/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Ian McKellen, Ty Olsson, Mike Dopud, Hugh Jackman, Brian Cox, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Patrick Stewart, Brian Peck, Daniel Cudmore, Kurt Max Runte, Colin Lawrence, Aaron Douglas, Michael Reid MacKay, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Nolan Gerard Funk, David Kaye, Mike Mitchell, Halle Berry, Aaron Pearl, Bruce Davison, Roger R. Cross, Jill Teed, Marrett Green, Michasha Armstrong, Ted Friend, Rebecca Romijn, Kendall Cross, Lori Stewart
Writers: Zak Penn, David Hayter, Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris
Director: Bryan Singer

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