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X2: X-Men United

X2: X-Men United

For those who love the X-Men comics, be prepared to LOVE this film.  For those of us who know nothing of X-Men or only were introduced to them in the original film, be prepared to LOVE this film.

While the pace of X2 is quick and very few of the characters dominate the screen time, be assured that you will see both old and new mutants as well as new villains.

The story picks up basically where the original left off with humans fearing mutants, Magneto still in his plastic prison and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) attempting to trace his roots.  Now is when all hell breaks loose as a new comer to the screen, Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming), finds his way to the White House and during what are the best special effects of the film kicks the asses of all of the secret service while delivering a rather "pointed” message to the President.  Enter our new villain General William Stryker (Brian Cox) who has a rather personal score to settle with Professor X (Patrick Stewart) as well as mutants in general.

The President is quick to allow Stryker to pursue a newly discovered mutant threat: Xavier's School for Gifted Children.  The ultimate goal of Stryker is to capture Professor X and use him against all mutant kind.  Stryker, while hating all mutants, has discovered a way to control those he can administer a regular potion to via injection.  This potion has allowed him to interrogate Magneto (Ian McKellan) and get the plans not only to the school but also to all of the powers of Professor X.

Soon the war feared and expected by both human and mutant has begun.  As casualties grow on both sides Magneto makes a rather inventive escape from his barren cell.  With a truce briefly called between Magneto and the rest of the X-Men the hunt for the captured school students and Professor X begins.

It is during this rescue mission we see Wolverine discover more about his past, get to know more of the new characters, see new love blossom and old love and lives sacrificed for the greater good.  Know that you will adore Nightcrawler, Pyro (Aaron Stanford), and be amazed by Deathstrike (Kelly Hu) who's nails rival Wolverines claws, while the old favorites of Storm (Halle Berry), Rogue (Anna Paquin), Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Mystique (Rebecca Romjin-Stamos) and Cyclops (James Marsden) deliver the basis for a solid story.

Watch this film closely and make no judgments until the end and I'm sure you will feel that you got more than your money's worth.  While this is not a great film, it has great characters, great moments and allows all of us to escape the pressures of the world we live in if only for a couple of hours.

I can hardly wait for X3 and you know it's coming.

 
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