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X-Men: The Last Stand (12a) US 104 mins – Review

WHO MADE IT?

Director Brett Ratner
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Sir Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart and
Famke Janssen

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

A cure for mutancy has been uncovered and mutants have a choice for the
first time – remain as they are or give up their unique powers and
become human.
Magneto (McKellan) believes the cure is a weapon for the authorities to
eradicate the mutant population, a move to be resisted at all costs
while Charles Xavier (Stewart) advocates tolerance. Meanwhile Magneto
and Xavier’s opposing views triggers a war to end all wars.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

This is the climactic final chapter in the X-Men trilogy and carries on
where the last one left off. Directed by Brett Ratner (Silence of the
Lambs) instead of Bryan Singer (who went off to direct Superman) it is
the darkest and most sinister of the three but lacks the humour that the
others had. Gone are the snappy funnny one liners replaced by Vinny
Jones as the Juggernaut who’s like a bull in a china shop in his comic
timing and delivery. Instead this is more earnest and very sentimental
at times. The special effects are as spectacular as we have come to
expect. The removal of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is one to
behold. The apocalyptic showdown ending is also guaranteed to be a
crowd pleaser.
Our favourite X-Men are back Wolverine (Jackman), Storm (Berry) and a
more complex and malevolent Jean Grey (Janssen) as the reincarnated
Phoenix who has serious anger issues. However there are far too many
secondary mutants with second rate powers (i.e. Angel, who has great big
white wings and Callisto who can tell how powerful other mutants are.
Reach for the cure girl) who get far too much screen time instead of the
main X-Men (Rogue).
It’s a wonderful premise which they should have spent more time
exploring.
As a huge X-Men fan I was left slightly disappointed but it was a great
watch.
They’ve also left it open for X-Men the next generation (make sure you stay until the end of the credits) so fret not.

Opens nationwide on 25 May 2006

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