Tuesday, May 31, 2011

X-Men week: 'X2: X-Men United'

First off, I've always hated the title to this film. It makes no sense. The X-Men are a team, why wouldn't they be united?

Anywho, back to business. This is our look back at the cinematic "X-Men" universe. As of this post "X-Men: First Class" is holding steady at 97 percent at Rotten Tomatoes with 35 fresh reviews and one, lone rotten review.

"X2" picked up right where "X-Men" left off with Wolverine searching for answers to his past and who he is. Unfortunately his past is also looking for him in the form of William Stryker, a government official with deep connections. The film uses Stryker and other pieces from the graphic novel "God Loves, Man Kills" where Rev. William Stryker goes on a mutant witch hunt.

The movie version stages a mutant terrorist attack against the president in order to go after Xavier and the crew. To these ends he uses Nightcrawler (played by the fantastic Alan Cumming). Other new mutants included Lady Deathstrike, Pyro (bigger part and new actor from the first film), Colossus and Siren.

This film is also well-known for the film where Wolverine straight out murders people. In an almost shocking amount of killing, Wolverine dispatches many soldiers who are invading the mansion.

Soon the X-Men must team up with Magneto to stop Stryker from killing every mutant on Earth.

Bryan Singer returned as the film's director and did a fantastic job. Many people consider this the best "X-Men" film. A lot of critics would agree; the film has an 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The end is the best part as Jean Grey "sacrifices" herself to save everyone, but unlocks a fiery power inside of herself that everyone knows is the Phoenix force.

I remember sitting in the theater geeking out like crazy at the sight of the Phoenix force.

It's just too bad the good times didn't stick around for the third film...

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