X2: X-Men United (2003)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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When anti-mutant Colonel William Stryker kidnaps Professor X and attacks his school, the X-Men must ally with their archenemy Magneto to stop him.


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5 May 2003 | george.schmidt
Most "X"-Cellent!!
X2: X-MEN UNITED (2003) ***1/2 Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, Anna Paquin, Kelly Hu, Aaron Stanford, Shawn Ashmore, Cotter Smith. Superlative sequel and a boost of hyperactive energy in the franchise's arm in the second chapter of the Marvel Comics' cult classic this time with good mutants teaming with bad to stop a bent human military advisor (hissable Cox) out to wipe out both types at any cost. Far-out special effects, new characters (particularly winning is Cumming as the blue-skinned Night Crawler) and non-stop action packaged with kinetic infectious giddiness. Jackman continues to amaze as the tormented Wolverine, Berry is given more to do as the tempestuous Storm, Janssen's Jane Grey is perhaps the most nuanced in her suddenly advance telekinetic skills and McKellen is well…magnetic as Magneto. Fun tongue-in-cheek screenplay by Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris (w/ David Hayter, Zak Penn and director Bryan Singer getting story credits) keeps up with the multi-layered storyline encompassing class welfare, social strata and in general to accept one for who they are and not what they are. Well done!

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Trivia

(at around 42 mins) When Mystique reviews the information on the security guards at the facility housing Magneto, the following names are displayed, referencing crew members of the movie: DeSanto, T. (Tom DeSanto, executive producer); Dougherty, M. (Michael Dougherty, screenwriter); Donner, L. (Lauren Shuler Donner, producer); Young, R.D. (possibly Rob Young, production sound mixer); Harris, D. (Dan Harris, screenwriter) C.L.G. - Classified; R.G.M. - Classified, and; Singer, B. (Bryan Singer, director). Bryan is the only one who gets his own photo. The others, including Mrs. Donner, are given stock male guard photos.


Quotes

Professor X: Mutants. Since the discovery of their existence they have been regarded with fear, suspicion, often hatred. Across the planet, debate rages. Are mutants the next link in the evolutionary chain or simply a new species of humanity fighting for their ...


Goofs

(at around 1h 45 mins) When she goes inside Cerebro with Nightcrawler's help, Storm's make up changes between the shots.


Crazy Credits

This is the first X-Film in the series to use the Marvel comic-book logo.


Alternate Versions

In the American version of the movie, Wolverine asks for "something other than chocolate milk" and receives the reply "There should be some Dr Pepper..." In international versions, the replay is "There should be some soda...". In both versions, the bottle is still a Dr Pepper bottle, only the audio is altered.


Soundtracks

Bye Bye Bye
Written by
Andreas Carlsson, Kristian Lundin and Jacob Schulze (as Jacob Schulze)
Performed by *NSYNC (as N'Sync)
Courtesy of Jive Records

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Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

2 May 2003

Language

English, German, Italian, Spanish


Country of Origin

USA, Canada

Filming Locations

17240 26A Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,558,731 4 May 2003

Gross USA:

$214,949,694

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$407,711,549

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