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X Men 2X-Men 2: United

Starring: Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Alan Cumming, Anna Paqui, Patrick Stewart etc…etc.
Directed By: Bryan Singer
Rated: PG13



X-Men 2: United is everything a super hero movie should be! Director Bryan Singer and his crew have created not so much the feared and dreaded "sequel" but an evolution of the first film. All the usual suspects are here; Wolverine, Magneto, Cyclops, Storm, Rogue etc. But we are introduced to a few more colorful mutants from the infamous Marvel™©® comic, like Nightcrawler and Deathstrike and one helluva big blue meany human scum pod from the comic named Styker. There's so much going on if you're not familiar with the series you may need Cliff© notes or a comic-speak friend to translate.

Story goes…a mutant named Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) has attacked the president of the United States. This causes the government to panic and immediately set forth the Mutant Registration Act. The act is to be enforced by a military chap named Stryker (Brian Cox).

Stryker is known in the mutant community as a man who delights in terrible hush-hush experiments and is none too keen on mutant survival. It becomes immediately clear he doesn't just want these folks registered, but destroyed —permanently! He's figured out he can make Xavier (Patrick Stewart), the world's strongest telepath, use his own devise to simultaneously assassinate every mutant on Earth! (<- Insert dramatic music here for effect).

Since the sinister Stryker knows only Xavier himself can control the devise for this sinister plan, he attacks Xavier's School for the Gifted (X-Mansion), which we all know is a haven for young mutants, grabs Xavier (chair-n-all) and using an evil serum he's created, he shall make Xavier, himself, do the horrible deed! (<- Again a crescendoing bit of dramatic music here for effect)

The X-Men barely escape the attack and realize this nutcase is hell bent on putting the X in X-Men in a whole new way! It's looking pretty bad for their kind.

So bad is the situation in fact, they must join forces with Magneto (Sir Ian McKellen- looking quite sexy), the villainous mutant, if they have any hopes of defeating Stryker.

That's it. That's the story. But believe me within all the comic book thin plot excitement is umpteen special effects, fantastic fight sequences, lovely insights into the mutant world and of course studly Wolverine snarling in his skin-tight leather gear — what's not toAlan Rules! X Men 2 love?

Thespian extraordinaire Alan Cumming joins the cast in the role of Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler, and it is he who steals the film. He plays a soulful ex-Carny mutant that isn't what he appears to be. It's a wonderful performance.

Um YUM! X Men 2Then there's that sexy werewolfy manly man Wolverine, er, Hugh Jackman. Jackman is simply delish, like a heaping helping of Hungarian gypsy manstew! Again he's gorgeous as the moody brooding mutant with an exceptionally formed figure a gal would glady get X- communicated for! But in X2 he's thrown into a silly love triangle (that follows the Marvel©®™ comic) with Cyclops (James Marsden) and Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) which just wastes his screen time - it just takes two to skidoo - and three's a crowd - see. Though fear not fans of Marvel ©®™, Wolvie does come close to discovering his dark past - thanks to Stryker…

Rogue (Anna Paquin) and the Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) cometh to terms with their Rated PG13? X Men 2complicated relationship. Halle Berry's Storm is kind of ripped off. She gets very little to do except one or two notes of "Stormy Weather." Rebecca Romijn-Stamos aka Mystique is practically naked this time around - breathe feline lovers....breathe.

Bluntly Speaking: X-Men2:United is just a big old action packed movie that doesn't live up to the first - how could it - but certainly stands respectfully beside it.

Snack recommendation: Nightcrawlers© and a diet coke

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