X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class

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Director: Matthew Vaughn, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon

Cast: Matthew Vaughn, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon

     
 

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Set in the era before Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr became mortal enemies as Professor X and Magneto, respectively, director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class follows the two former allies as they lead a powerful team of mutants on a mission to save the planet from nuclear annihilation. Charles (

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Set in the era before Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr became mortal enemies as Professor X and Magneto, respectively, director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class follows the two former allies as they lead a powerful team of mutants on a mission to save the planet from nuclear annihilation. Charles (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender) were just young men when it began to appear as if the world was careening toward destruction. As the Doomsday Clock ticks faster toward midnight, the time comes to take action. Realizing they could use their unique powers to avert a global thermonuclear war during the Bay of Pigs crisis, the two powerful mutants launch an intense recruitment campaign with the support of Dr. Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) and the CIA. Before long, Charles and Erik have assembled a crack team that includes Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Angel (Zoe Kravitz), Havok (Lucas Till), and Darwin (Edi Gathegi). Meanwhile, the malevolent Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) plots to plunge the world into war with the help of villainous mutants Riptide (Alex Gonzalez), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), and Emma Frost (January Jones). In the process of saving humanity, however, Charles and Erik clash, setting the stage for Professor X to lead the X-Men in the fight for good as Magneto and the Brotherhood spread chaos and destruction on a global scale.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Comic-book lovers, fans of alternate history, and fantasy-prone moviegoers in general are all sure to find something to love about X-Men: First Class. That rare, elusive fourth chapter that actually manages to pull a failing film series out of a full-on nosedive, X-Men: First Class folds an involving origins story into a dynamic fantasy adventure, and succeeds in delivering both thanks to a strong cast, a tight script, and solid direction. Set in the era before Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr became mortal enemies as Professor X and Magneto, respectively, director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class follows the two former allies as they lead a powerful team of mutants on a mission to save the planet from nuclear annihilation. Charles (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender) were just young men when it began to appear as if the world was careening toward destruction. As the Doomsday Clock ticks faster toward midnight, the time comes to take action. Realizing they could use their unique powers to avert a global thermonuclear war during the Bay of Pigs crisis, the two powerful mutants launch an intense recruitment campaign with the support of Dr. Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) and the CIA. Before long, Charles and Erik have assembled a crack team that includes Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Angel (Zoe Kravitz), Havok (Lucas Till), and Darwin (Edi Gathegi). Meanwhile, the malevolent Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) plots to plunge the world into war with the help of villainous mutants Riptide (Alex Gonzalez), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), and Emma Frost (January Jones). In the process of saving humanity, however, Charles and Erik clash, setting the stage for Professor X to lead the X-Men in the fight for good as Magneto and the Brotherhood spread chaos and destruction on a global scale. It's no secret that comic-book fans can be a fickle bunch. But who can blame them? It seems like every year some Hollywood hotshot makes a misguided attempt at producing a comic-sourced summer tent pole, yet botches the job by thinking they know better than the folks responsible for the source material. In the past decade, even Comic-Con, the massive annual San Diego convention that draws comic geeks from every corner of the globe, has essentially become little more than a free showcase for the latest Hollywood superhero epics. Considering the fact that director Bryan Singer's enthusiastically received X-Men and X2 were followed by a pair of sequels that practically had loyal fans of the comic foaming at the mouth (X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine), it had started to look like the once-successful series had abruptly run out of steam. By looking to the past for inspiration, though, writer/director Matthew Vaughn and co-screenwriters Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, and Jane Goldman managed not only to find a grand-scale origins story that's actually worth telling, but the character dynamics to give the drama genuine impact, as well. The rivalry between Professor X and Magneto has long been a staple of the X-Men series, both on the pages of comic books and in motion pictures. Recognizing that, the creative team behind X-Men: First Class made the wise choice to explore the events that pushed the two former allies to opposite extremes: one devoted to bettering humanity, the other sworn to destroy it. And by filling those roles with talented actors McAvoy and Fassbender, Vaughn and his team ensured that the character drama would pack as big a punch as the action sequences. If the complex relationship between Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr failed to resonate in X-Men: First Class, the film would have been dead in the water. Fortunately, it does, and the energy of that conflict seems to send positive shockwaves through the rest of the production. On the heels of her breakthrough performance in the critically acclaimed Appalachian film noir Winter's Bone, Lawrence brings a deep soulfulness to the character of Mystique as she struggles with the stigma of being "different," and coming off his deliciously sleazy performance in James Gunn's Super, Bacon literally takes power-mad villainy to nuclear extremes. Try as they may, no filmmaker is likely to produce a faithful comic-book adaptation capable of coaxing die-hard fans and casual moviegoers into a human pyramid of mutual adoration, but X-Men: First Class might just come close. Not only because the writers display a certain amount of reverence toward their iconic subjects, but also because the performers are well up to the task, and the action holds consequences that are at once deeply intimate yet potentially devastating for all of humanity.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2014
UPC:
0024543957331
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Sales rank:
17,411

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James McAvoy Charles Xavier/Professor X
Michael Fassbender Erik Lensherr/Magneto
Kevin Bacon Sebastian Shaw
Rose Byrne Dr. Moira MacTaggert
Jennifer Lawrence Raven Darkholme/Mystique
Oliver Platt Man in Black
Caleb Landry Jones Sean Cassidy/Banshee
Alex Gonzalez Janos Quested/Riptide
Nicholas Hoult Hank McCoy/Beast
January Jones Emma Frost
Edi Gathegi Armando Munoz/Darwin
Jason Flemyng Azazel
Zoe Kravitz Angel Salvadore
Laurence Belcher Charles Xavier (12 Years)
Bill Milner Young Erik
Morgan Lily Young Raven (10 Years)
Beth Goddard Mrs. Xavier
Corey Johnson Chief Warden
Lucas Till Alex Summers/Havok
Demitri Goritsas Levene
Glenn Morshower Colonel Hendry
Don Creech William Stryker
Matt Craven CIA Director McCone
James Remar US General
Ludger Pistor 1st German,Pig Farmer
Wilifried Hochholdinger 2nd German,Tailor
Greg Kolpakchi Russian Soldier No. 1
Andrei Zayats Russian Soldier No. 2
Rade Sherbedgia Russian General
Ray Wise Secretary of State
Michael Medeiros Political Officer
Olek Krupa Soviet Captain
Yuri Naumkin Soviet Fire Control
Gene Farber Soviet Radioman
David Agranov Soviet NCO
Katrine De Candole Swiss Receptionist
James Faulkner Swiss Bank Manager
Éva Magyar Edie Lensherr
Annabelle Wallis Co-Ed
Juan Herrera Airport Worker
Greg Savage Coastguard
Jarid Faubel US Fire Control Officer
Gregory Cox Dr. Leigh
Josh Cohen Junior Aget No. 1
David Crow Weasley Agent
Kieran Patrick Campbell Little Boy
Sasha Pieterse Teenage Girl
Brendan Fehr Communications Officer
Michael Ironside Captain
Jason Beghe XO
Veniamin Manzyuk Lt. Commander
Tony Curran Man in Black Suit Agent
Randall Batinkoff Man in Black Suit Agent
Peter Stark Storm Trooper No. 1
Leonard Redlich Storm Trooper No. 2
Carlos Peres German Bartender
Sean Brown Russian Chopper Pilot
Neil Fingleton Russian General's Bodyguard 1
Marios Russian General's Bodyguard 2
Georg Nikoloff Mr. Lensherr (Erik's Dad)
Arthur Darbinyan Aral Sea Captain

Technical Credits
Matthew Vaughn Director,Screenwriter
Lauren Shuler Donner Producer
Jane Goldman Screenwriter
Gregory Goodman Producer
Eddie Hamilton Editor
Henry Jackman Score Composer
Simon Kinberg Producer
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Mindy Marin Casting
John Mathieson Cinematographer
Josh McLaglen Executive Producer
Ashley Miller Screenwriter
Roger Mussenden Casting
Tarquin Pack Executive Producer
Jeremy Rich Casting
Chris Seagers Production Designer
Sammy Sheldon Costumes/Costume Designer
Bryan Singer Original Story,Producer
Lee Smith Editor
Zack Stentz Screenwriter
Lucinda Syson Casting
Sheldon Turner Original Story

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X-Men: First Class 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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VinodPalSingh More than 1 year ago
Was disappointed with the movies that were released concurrently, but, XMen First Class turne out to be a really good movie. The storyline, script, performances, special effects are all excellent in this movie.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Really really good movie. The acting is great especially the performances by the two leads. The cameos were a nice surprise. Recommend this. Definitely a movie worth seeing again.
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The DVD was never recieved and when emailed to find out the status, I never heard back from the seller. Eventually, I had to go back to Barnes and Nobles who reissued the gift card that I used to purchase this item. It was a pain in the butt and will make sure when ordering that this is not the seller.
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Since this was my first encounter with X-Men I was expecting a better conclusion. The conclusion to this DVD seemed too abrupt, yet the storyline, special effects, and the characters were highly engaging the wrap-up was not that great. It was an o.k. DVD to me.
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Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was very well done and the casting was excellent! One of my biggest loves in movies is all of the comic book and graphic novel titles, and I usually see the lot of them in the theatres and wind up liking the general majority of them. I think the only 2 comic book/graphic novel movie adaptions I really didn't care much for were Elektra and Catwoman...and perhaps maybe Batman & Robin to a degree as well. They were either a bit too corny and/or not all that exciting. Most of the rest of these type of movies I've seen I really like, and this one is no exception. I picked up my Blu-Ray copy of this on day one! If you're into these types of movies and are also looking for a good storyline and some realitively good acting, I highly recommend looking into this movie if you have not yet checked it out.
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