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X-Men: The Last Stand

X-Men: The Last Stand
Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Halie Berry,
Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, Ellen Page and Ben Foster

Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: May 26, 2006 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

A new director (Brett Ratner - Rush Hour) and a larger contingency of mutants, make for an entertaining, but not outstanding, third installment.

The comic book film series which began in 2000, has the X-Men returning to fight a large corporation that has come up with a serum that promises to cure mutants and make them "normal."

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Ian McKellan as Magneto, Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier, Halle Berry as Storm and Anna Paquin as Rogue, are all back in this, the final chapter of the X-Men saga.

Xavier still runs his School For Gifted Youngsters and takes a peaceful stance, however Magneto rallies like-minded mutants who believe there is nothing wrong with being a mutant and they refuse to be "cured."

Magneto gathers his forces and marches on the corporation to destroy it and all of the serum.

There's a new bunch of mutants that are introduced, including Henry McCoy (The Beast) played by Kelsey Grammer, who wears a heavy blue fur costume which makes him hard to recognize even when his deep rich voice gives him away. Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) and Ben Foster ( "Six Feet Under") as the winged Angel are a few others. And, that seems to be the problem; there are just too many characters.

Some of the effects are cool, especially a Golden Gate Bridge that shakes apart and transports Magneto and his comrades to Alcatraz Island, but the weather changes caused by Storm are under-whelming.

The biggest problem is that with so many characters, there's not enough time spent with any of the characters we know best. Wolverine and Storm are hardly on-screen, and it would have been fun to have Beast interacting a bit more.

  Frank Chris Tony Jim Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
X-Men: The Last Stand C+ B- B C+ C+ B   B-

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