X2 - X-Men United

X2 - X-Men United

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Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: Bryan Singer, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen

     
 

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When a failed assassination attempt occurs on the President's (Cotter Smith) life by the teleporting mutant Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming), it's Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his School for Gifted Youngsters who are targeted for the crime. While Jean Grey (See more details below

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Overview

When a failed assassination attempt occurs on the President's (Cotter Smith) life by the teleporting mutant Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming), it's Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his School for Gifted Youngsters who are targeted for the crime. While Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Storm (Halle Berry) try and locate the assassin, Cyclops (James Marsden) and Xavier (also known as 'Professor X') seek answers from their old foe Magneto (Ian McKellan) in his glass cell...Little do they know they're walking into a trap set by the villainous William Stryker (Brian Cox), a mysterious governmental figure that figures into Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) secretive past, along with information about the X-Men's operation, supplied by Magneto through a mind-controlling agent. Meanwhile Wolverine, just home from a failed mission to regain his memory, is in charge of the students when a crack-commando team led by Stryker infiltrates the school by order of the President. With a mansion full of young, powerful mutants and the ferocious Wolverine in babysitter mode, can he defend the school against the one man who can answer his questions? What roles do the sinister Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) and Lady Deathstrike (Kelly Hu) have in all of this? Why does Stryker want Professor X and his Cerebro machine? With the war between humanity and mutants escalating to extremes, can the rest of the X-Men trust their old foes to help them? Director Bryan Singer returns and raises the stakes in this sequel to the highly lauded 2000 adaptation of Marvel Comics' X-Men.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This spectacular sequel to X-Men outdoes its predecessor in virtually every way, presenting viewers with a dizzying array of thrills while further developing previously established characters, introducing new ones, and setting the stage for an explosive conflict to come. Threatened in the first film with genocide, the mutants and their advocates -- unofficially led by Dr. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) -- find their right to privacy threatened by the newly proposed Mutant Registration Act, which enemies like General William Stryker (Brian Cox) hope to use as a means of tracking and eventually eliminating them. The noble Xavier and his team of X-Men still labor against evil, while the sinister Magneto (Ian McKellen) -- although imprisoned -- remains bent on subjecting humanity to mutant control. It wouldn't be easy for any director to do justice to this film's multiplicity of characters, relationships, and subplots, but director Bryan Singer is growing into the challenge: He hurls the viewer headlong into the narrative, which zips along at breakneck speed and pauses only to introduce such new characters as Pyro (Aaron Stanford) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), who falls for the beautiful but deadly Rogue (Anna Paquin). Halle Berry, returning as the weather-controlling Storm, doesn't get as much footage as she probably deserves; nor does James Marsden as Cyclops or Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as Mystique. But Famke Janssen's Jean Grey is showcased and plays a pivotal role in the proceedings, while Alan Cumming has a showy supporting part as the Scripture-quoting Nightcrawler. Judged on the basis of eye-popping special effects and spectacular action sequences, X2 would be an eminently worthwhile sequel, but the emphasis on characterization and underlying plea for tolerance make it more than a typical popcorn movie. As comic-book movies go, this one is, well, X-cellent in every way.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
X2 is one of those sequels that moviegoers dream of -- it's bigger, badder, and ten times more explosive than Bryan Singer's classy but hindered original. Aided by a much larger budget, and the comfort of the mythology already introduced, X2 goes for broke from the get-go and doesn't let up until the fantastic finale that'll leave die-hard fans sweating in their seats. That's not to say non-comic-book readers are left in the dust with this one -- essentially, that's the genius of this sequel...While building their own film universe with these beloved mutants, the filmmakers obviously have love and respect for the original 30-plus years of printed history -- in this flick alone, they tackle three key stories of the comic and somehow still make it all work for the non-readers out there. Thinking back, it's fitting that X-Men was so much of a setup because this is where the juice really gets cookin' and the payoff begins. First off, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) fans beware, because this is what you've been waiting for -- the berserker is officially unleashed, and audiences everywhere now have a new iconic movie hero because of it. Of course, it's not all Wolvie's story in this darker tale...Old faces are fresh again when plots blossom and characters are fleshed out in fantastic fashion as everyone, at some point, gets their time in the sun (besides Cyclops [James Marsden], who sadly disappears for one full hour during the film). Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan continue to be fabulous in their roles, giving instant credibility and creating flawless characterizations to these two tragic old friends. New to the scene is Alan Cumming in a surprising turn as the mysterious teleporter Nightcrawler. His makeup and teleporting effects are exceptional, while the accent he chose is flawless (unlike Academy Award-winner Halle Berry's in the original, which is gladly absent here). Of course, with a new sequel come new villains, and this one has them in spades. First off, there's Brian Cox -- one mammoth actor that gives birth to one of the nastiest bad guys in history, William Stryker, a scientist who holds the key to Wolverine's past. Also on hand is the gorgeous Kelly Hu as Lady Deathstrike, a siren who isn't on the screen long, but does take part in one of the most grueling knock-down, drag-out fights in X-Men history, automatically making her a classic villain that'll be remembered long after the credits roll. Speaking of action, if the theater had seat belts, you'd want to strap yourself in, because Singer and company have crafted a film that makes the first one pale in comparison. It's the tasty treat that fans and newcomers alike have been waiting for -- a meaty, action-packed, story-driven superhero film that delivers on the grandness and scale that the characters and this sequel deserved.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
X2 sparkles with a lightness of spirit that was missing from X-Men.
Washington Post - Michael O'Sullivan
The fantastic and at times deliciously nihilistic world of X2 is fully, believably three-dimensional.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2006
UPC:
0024543904854
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:14:00
Sales rank:
34,415

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary (director Bryan Singer and cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC); Full-length audio commentary (writers and producers)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Stewart Prof. Charles Xavier, AKA 'Professor X'
Hugh Jackman Wolverine
Ian McKellen Magneto
Halle Berry Storm
Brian Cox William Stryker
Famke Janssen Dr. Jean Grey
Alan Cumming Kurt Wagner, AKA Nightcrawler
Rebecca Romijn Mystique
James Marsden Cyclops
Bruce Davison Senator Kelly
Shawn Ashmore Bobby Drake/Iceman
Aaron Stanford John/Pyro
Kelly Hu Anne Reynolds, AKA Yuriko Oyama, AKA Lady Deathstrike
Anna Paquin Rogue
Katie Stuart Kitty Pryde
Kea Wong Jubilee
Peter Wingfield Lyman
Sideah Alladice X-Kid
Steve Bacic Hank McCoy, AKA Beast
Daniel Cudmore Piotr Rasputin, AKA Colossus
Devin Douglas Drewitz X-Kid
Nolan Funk X-Kid
Bryce Hodgson Arthur "Artie" Maddicks
Alfred E. Humphreys Steven Drake
James N. Kirk Ronny Drake
Dylan Kussman Wilkins
Jermaine Lopez X-Kid
Michael Reid Mackay Jason 143
Ty Olsson Mitchell Laurio
Keely Purvis Little Girl 143
Charles Siegel Dr. Shaw
Cotter Smith President McKenna
Stephen Spender Smith
Jill Teed Madeline Drake
Connor Widdows Jones

Technical Credits
Bryan Singer Director
Avi Arad Executive Producer
Nancy Brown Set Decoration/Design
J. Andre Chaintrevil Set Decoration/Design
Lee Cleary Asst. Director
Thomas DeSanto Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- X2: X-Men United
1. Main Titles
2. Security Breach
3. Alkali Lake
4. The Field Trip
5. Stryker's War
6. Logan's Return
7. One Final Talk
8. The Mutant Connection
9. Mutant Intruder
10. Nightcrawler
11. Sleepless
12. Magneto's Visitor
13. The War Has Begun
14. The Invaders
15. Out of the Past
16. Grace
17. Stryker's Prisoner
18. The Drake Home
19. Too Much Iron
20. This Mutant Problem
21. Faith & Anger
22. Dangerous Mutants
23. Air Attack
24. Stryker's Plan
25. What Do You Want?
26. The Mutant Inside
27. Time to Find Our Friends
28. Lovers' Quarrel
29. Point of Origin
30. Two of a Kind
31. Change of Plans
32. An Animal
33. To Stop Cerebro
34. The Big Chill
35. Escape
36. The Only Way
37. The President's Opportunity
38. Left Behind
39. Evolution Leaps Forward
40. End Titles

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