X-Men 2 details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Brian Cox, Famke Janssen, Alan Cumming, James Marsden|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||2 hours 8 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Apr 2009|
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Not much of an evolutionBy Philip Concannon from London , 23 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Bryan Singer's 'X-Men' was a fair attempt at making an intelligent take on the comic-book genre, accessible to both newcomers and hardcore fans. The film presented a world where mutants walk among us causing prejudice and hostility.
'X-Men 2' or 'X2'(as it insists on calling itself) picks up shortly after the first film's finale. Magneto(Ian McKellan) is incarcerated in his plastic cell, Wolverine(Hugh Jackman) is taking some time off to investigate his past, and the mutants are generally getting back to whatever it is mutants do. But when an unknown mutant attacks the president, it's the perfect opportunity for military advisor William Stryker(Brian Cox) to launch an offensive against them. He's given the go-ahead to attack the X-Men's school, but he has darker motives behind his actions.
All this is neatly summed up in a pacy, exciting opening half-hour, confidently handled by Singer. It seems to promise a thrilling ride, but the film instantly grinds to a halt.
The main problem with this overplotted movie is the fact that there's too many characters doing too many things in too many different directions. Singer seems determined to focus equally on each of the disparate strands of the plot, lending the film a bloated feel.
Singer has again assembled an impressive cast. Hugh Jackman is again on form as Wolverine, Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart are excellent(especially in their scenes together) and Alan Cumming is a fine addition to the team. Halle Berry and James Marsden fail to bring much to the party while Brian Cox is a disappointing villain.
There's still much to enjoy here. Ian Mckellan's prison break is a stand-out scene and the attacks on the school and the white house are both brilliantly handled. But the messy climax manages to feel both rushed and overlong, and there's the nagging feeling that a good 20 minutes here could be easily lost.
The X-Men series is all about evolution, but this entry in the franchise is a case of arrested development.
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Well worth watching, but....By Peabody (58 reviews) from by Lairg, , 25 Sep 2008You really have to have watched X-men first or you'll be completely lost, and constantly saying, Why is he doing this, or that?? Lots of exciting action scenes, but also some surprisingly thoughtful ones, and athough there is violence, we never felt it was gratuitous, or thought our 12-year-old shouldn't be watching it.
Only three stars.By JohnnyX (100 reviews) from Bristol , 19 Aug 2008This film should be fantastic; it has all of the right ingredients for a great superhero fantasy film, but something is definitely wrong - it tastes over-cooked, and one just keeps nodding off, and then realisisng that you've just missed acres of the plot. How could so much be packed into a film which seems to crawl along at an almost unnoticeable pace ? It is an enigma. I've watched it over and over again, each time resolving to stay with the plot, but every time I drift off and miss large chunks of it. I've seen it at least six times, but I still couldn't explain the story in any detail or coherence. Am I alone in this condition ?...I don't think so.
As well as being overdone, I think that the problem might be that there are too many significant plotlines all going on at the same time, in parallel, so one is continually being distracted from one plotline by another, and this produces information overload; the result of this is that one cannot, without great difficuly, follow any of it. There are too many heroes and too many villains, and so this film is like 12 films packed into one. This might work with opera, but it doesn't work well on film.
There are about 12 main heros and 12 main villains, and each hero has a relationship with each villain, and vice versa; that gives a total of 144 relationships. Excellent films have been made based on one single relationship, other excellent films have coped with up to a dozen, but 144 is just gross ! It's too many to be easily digestible. If it had rather concentrated upon up to the most of three main heroes and three main villains, it would have been a much better film, in my humble opinion.
x-men 2By a customer from Nottingham , 12 Jun 2008a very good sconed film in this set of three.
OKBy Bubu (75 reviews) from Guernsey , 28 Mar 2008I only watched this film as people told me how good the x-men films are. I didnt really enjoy it as it wasnt my kind of film
X-Men2By a customer from Your Location , 26 Feb 2008The best X-Men film ! a MUST see ! X-Men1 is great, X-Men3 is disappointing, but X-Men2 is FANTASIC ! Loved it ! :-)
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