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X2: X-Men United

Director Bryan Singer's 2003 sequel to the original "X-Men" film.

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X2 is X-cellent

  • May 16, 2003
Pros: If you're into action and awesome effects, this one is for you!

Cons: Sometimes you wish you'd read the comics.

The Bottom Line: X2...let's just say it's too bad special effects weren't available a long time ago.

What can I say? This is a great movie with some of the best special effects I have ever seen - even better than the first one.

The movie starts up where the first left off, progressing into a fully fledged new story afterward. There are many things to take into account early on, such as Jean Gray's (Famke Janssen, House on Haunted Hill, Goldeneye) mind issues, Mystic's (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Rollerball, Femme Fatale) ever present shifting, and pondering just why Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming, Spy Kids, Goldeneye) tried to - well, I won't give it away. The war against mutants is coming again, only this time, if it isn't Magneto (Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings), who is it? Eventually you'll find out, along with a lot of other intriguing bits and pieces. Even if you don't have any X-Men knowledge, the movie is still pretty easy to understand (heck, my mom thought it was good) and if you do know your X-Men then this is pretty true to the pages.

The characters are etched out well, such as Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman, Swordfish, Kate and Leopold) powerful draw to Jean (as well as Scott's love for her), Pryo's darker side, and if you look and listen even closer you can pick out some of the future X-Men such as Gambit, Beast, and Jubilee. They're all there - they just have yet to join the team.

The special effects and action scenes were done exceptionally well; a perfect example being Mystic's shape shifting capabilities, going very smoothly from one form to another showing almost each individual scale moving and changing. For action, well, Magneto's little prison break was quite interesting.

After a while you might wonder if they'll ever save Professor X and you might be sitting there thinking "Get on with it!" but fear not, the show goes on and you'll get to the end...and quite an end it is. Things are not always what they seem. Just remember that.

As for the rest, I suggest you look for yourself. This is one movie I definitely plan on having in my grasp the second it's in the store!



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review by . May 02, 2011
Like I said in my review of Spiderman 2, comic book movies often have no problems when it comes to their sequels. In fact, the majority of comic-book movie sequels surpass the qualiy of their predecessors, this one included. This film took upon the huge task of surpassing the first film and it did just that, taking everything that made the first film great and capitalizing on it, giving the viewers more of what they like. It also takes on the herculean task (like the first film did) of being thoughtful …
review by . December 12, 2010
Stephanie's Favourite Films: X2: X-Men United      I love comic book movies (well, most of them), and I thought i would show my love for them by reviewing my favourite installation of my favourite film series, X2: X-Men United. This is a great comic book film that benefits from many things, including it's great special effects, well-told story, and great ensemble cast. As much as I like the first one, this is definitely a step up, and in following, X-Men 3 was a big …
Quick Tip by . August 05, 2010
Takes a little too long to get where it's going and could use an edit as well as more screen time for some of it's characters but the story isn't bad and what is here is good.
review by . May 17, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
From the opening sequence, I knew this was going to be even better than the original X-Men. I loved the combination of Nightcrawler's attack on the White House with classical music. With Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan, this film has all of the great acting and special effects of the first, plus new characters such as Inferno and Brian Cox as the mad scientist. Highly recommended.
review by . February 02, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
"X-2" picks up solidly where the original flick ended. Unlike most reviewers, I didn't think this film was any better than the first. I do believe that it is a good film in its own right. The first sequence, the attack on the White House, is by far the best sequence of the movie. Nightcrawler was one of my favorite X-men growing up. I also enjoyed the fact that they included his deep Catholic faith. The comic actually toyed with this character becoming a priest.   Overall, the action sequences …
review by . May 19, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Halle Berry, Rebecca Romaijn-Stamos and Kelly Hu are all in it     Cons: They don't get to do a whole lot     The Bottom Line: X-men. Still protecting us from evil mutants.     Whenever I think about a comic which got everything right, X-men immediately pops to mind. X-men is one of the better creations to come from the mind of comic legend Stan Lee, and there is no comic I could relate to better. X-men perfectly captures society’s …
review by . May 03, 2003
Pros: acting, characters, political, deep, special effects     Cons: Night Crawler, a bit confusing, maybe tried to do too much     The Bottom Line: I want to be the Bottom Line. It can morph into any form and even imitate the voice. The Bottom Line is hot.     I rarely go to see the same movie twice in the cinema. But, X2 was so phenomenal that I would see it again. In fact, I would have stayed in the theater and watched it again immediately. …
review by . May 03, 2003
Pros: Some Great FX and Some funny moments     Cons: Plot holes, supporting characters and Patrick Stewart are not given enough to do.     The Bottom Line: A good summer diversion that with a little more attention could have been a classic.     The 2003 summer movie season is upon us with the release of X2 the highly anticipated follow up the 150 Million plus grossing “X-Men”. The film continues the story of a band of genetic mutants …
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X2: X-MEN UNITED, the remarkable sequel to X-MEN, picks up shortly after the first film's finale. At the White House, a would-be assassin--the acrobatic, teleporting blue mutant Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming)--menaces the president. Meanwhile, in the Canadian Rockies, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) searches for answers to his mysterious past at the top-secret facility where he received his metallic skeleton and claws. Back at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Storm (Halle Berry) instruct students Rogue (Anna Paquin), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), and Pyro (Aaron Stanford), while Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Cyclops (James Marsden) pay a visit to the imprisoned Magneto (Ian McKellen). However, Magneto has a secret weapon in the shape-shifting Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos). Soon allies and enemies alike will unite to defeat the hate-filled military scientist William Stryker (Brian Cox), who wants to rid the world of mutants. When Stryker launches a ruthless two-pronged atta...
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