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|Leading Role:||Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry|
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As the third installment of the X-Men series opens, the world has entered a relatively peaceful period for mutants. There's a mutant-tolerant president of the United States, a blue furry mutant named Beast (Kelsey Grammer) heading up the Department of Mutant Affairs, and Magneto's shape-shifting femme fatale, Mystique, has been captured. The tranquility is shattered by two events. Worthington Laboratories, using a powerful mutant boy, develops a serum that eliminates the "mutant X gene" permanently. This so-called "cure" quickly divides the mutant community; Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his school are willing to give the government the benefit of the doubt, but Magneto (Ian McKellen) and his mutant Brotherhood see the serum as a vile threat to their way of life. They form an army of mutants and march on the fortified Worthington Laboratory located on Alcatraz Island. A much more dire threat appears in the form of the resurrected super-mutant Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), who has succumbed to her cataclysmic Id identity known as The Phoenix. To face these menaces Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Storm (Halle Berry) and the younger members of the X-Men must leap into action, but they must do so without the guidance of Professor Xavier--in a showdown with the powers of The Phoenix, his mind-control powers proved insufficient. To his credit, new X-Men director Brett Ratner emulates the style and tone struck by Bryan Singer (director of the two previous films) by combining outrageous special effects and hyperkinetic action sequences with earnest soul-searching and mutant "issues" that are clearly meant to parallel the political hot-button topics of tolerance, prejudice, power, and responsibility.
Director Brett Ratner steps into the role Bryan Singer played directing the 2 prior "X Men" films with an important notable achievement: mutant issues more boldly compare to primary cultural issues in the US: the abuse of power, personal responsibility and most impressively, supremacism.
As usual, this 3rd "X Men" film is accomplished in the special effects area & takes the previous action levels up to the heights.
The plot is fascinating since there is a mutant-friendly US President & a mutant cabinet member! The evil Magneto's (Sir Ian McKellen) most valuable camelion who can change into anyone, Mystique, is imprisoned, so the world is more peaceful.
Unfortunately, Worthington Laboratories makes a serum that permanently destroyed the mutant X gene. Mutants are outraged & view this development as a form of genocide. Not all mutants agree since some want to remain mutants & some don't.
Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his school for mutants trust the government with some doubt. Magneto (McKellen) and his power-seeking mutants strongly oppose both Worhtington Labs & the US government. So they become an group of militants who plan to take over Worthington at Alcatraz Island.
Worse yet, Dr. Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), appears to have reincarnated herself into the most dangerous mutant named The Phoenix. Reliably, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Storm (Halle Berry), along with the student X-Men predicatably take on both evil forces.
This is the most action packed & super high tech special effects version of the X-Men series. It's sensational~
Comic book fans- more specifically, super hero buffs- owe a lot to the X-Men Franchise. The first X-Men movie was THE film that put super heroes on Hollywood’s radar and jumpstarted the current comic-book-to-film trend. And "X2: X-Men United" kept the momentum going with a sequel that actually surpassed the original- A trick that very few sequels have accomplished (“Hello 'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Spiderman 2'!”).
That being said, "X-Men: The Last Stand" had a lot to live up to…
Fortunately, even with an ensemble cast of characters that has grown too large to properly manage within two-hours, Director Brett Ratner (replacing Bryan Singer, who left the franchise to direct "Superman Returns") delivers an excellent action movie that doesn’t skimp on story.
The action is non-stop and every character has an opportunity to show-off their awesome powers. And the good mutants vs. evil mutants “last stand” on Alcatraz Island is extremely satisfying!
My only issue with the movie- considering this is supposed to be the last installment of the series- is that the Jean Grey (Phoenix)/Scott Summers (Cyclops) reunion isn’t properly resolved.
DVD is truly the best format for this film. It actually gets better with repeat viewings. It’s fun to go back and catch all the special effects that sped past the screen during previous viewings. And without giving away a significant spoiler, upon second viewing, the relevance of a seemingly throw-away line by Prof. Xavier to his class became glaringly clear in the final scene following the credits (For further clarification, check out my blog, "Comic Book Ramblings" by copying the following address into your address bar: http://blogs.ebay.com/bmbcomics/entry/X-Men-The-Last-Stand-DVD-Ah-ha-Now-it-makes-se/_W0QQidZ26007018).
With the X-Family grown out-of-control, it’s no wonder the film’s producers have decided to shelve the X-Men story while focusing on Wolverine and Magneto solo spin-off films. Still, "X-Men: The Last Stand" was fun enough that I hope the producers haven’t truly taken the film’s title literally.
For a package consisting of a single disc, there are plenty of DVD extras. Don’t be fooled by the “Join The Brotherhood” or “Take A Stand” choices when the menu first loads. Each choice (with different background graphics) takes you through the same menu options. The extended, deleted and alternate scenes are interesting, but it’s the commentaries that are always the selling point for me when buying a DVD. Along with two commentaries for the feature, there is also a commentary track to go along with the scenes not used in the theatrical release.
*The only Easter Egg I found can be accessed in the “Deleted Scenes” section.
1. From the Main Menu, click on “Features”
2. From the Features Menu, click on “Deleted Scenes”
3. From the “Deleted Scenes" Menu, click on “More” three times
4. Click the up arrow of your DVD player until either the Brotherhood or X symbol is highlighted in the upper left corner.
5. Click on the symbol, then click on “Play” to view a neat visual effects clip of the X-Plane.
X-Men: The Last Stand’ may have been regarded as the final offering in the Marvel Comics based mutant saga, but past successes (ca-ching!) have given cause for a change of heart.
Why kill a good franchise when it’s as lucrative as this one?
Previous efforts netted mega millions in box office receipts with a combined cost of around $200-million.
So, no trilogy. The final moments literally shout out ‘there’s more, there’s more!’ and a four second tease at the end of the credit role is proof positive.
Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) are the hero/ giants of this sci-fi world, the yin and yang, dark vs. light, good vs. evil. Their wonderfully ripe performances, which overcome the absolute inanity of the whole thing, are admirable.
They fire every frame with their presence or the sense memory of it, transforming a garden variety, CGI genre piece into the engaging and amusingly faux-intellectual series it is.
What pretenders could ever come close to their standard? The lads from London own the franchise.
Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Storm (Halle Berry) are muscle and window dressing, in fact, each super powered mutant offers something distinctly physical, maybe kinetic, but decidedly not genius or arcane, like the lads.
The story begins twenty years ago, innocuously enough, in a suburban US tract home, wherein their latest recruit resides. Her parents believe she has a disease, but Magneto and Prof. Xavier, who’ve come to fetch her, know the truth, Kitty Pryde or Shadowcat is a mutant, like them, with formidable powers.
This is back when Magneto and Xavier were allies and friends united in their ambitions, before they fell out and became mortal enemies... but that’s another story.
Then ten years ago, we meet a young mutant angel boy, who is mortified by his wings and tries to chop them off. His father, a powerful medical researcher, in trying to help him, develops a ‘cure’ for mutants, which releases them from their genetic ‘defect’.
In other words, take the super out of superhuman and make us all the same, an abhorrent notion these days. Like Nazism, American imperialism – the power plays to erase individuality excused by the erroneous idea of ‘the greater good’.
This discovery divides the mutants into two factions, under peace loving Xavier or warlike Magneto.
Mutants protest other mutants voluntarily seeking a cure for their condition; humans want them all to be cured.
It’s a war that could lead to the destruction of the civilized world.
Alcatraz is transformed into a kind of prison centre for mutants undergoing treatment. Captured and under armed guard inside is a young boy named Jimmy (Cameron Bright), who is the source of the cure.
In the mutant civil war, Jimmy is the ultimate prize. Removing him removes the human’s ability to neuter mutants.
In the battle to save the mutants to find an acceptable peace, members of Professor Xavier’s team are killed and eventually, the good professor himself.
Eye popping visual effects like the levitation of the Golden Gate Bridge and what happens afterwards are exhilarating and Dr. Jean Grey / Phoenix (Famke Janssen) who is back from the dead literally sucks the world into her vortex.
Now that’s an eyeful!
The battle scenes are unusually long and impossible to see properly. It takes a lot of patience and care to lay out a battle scene that answers all our questions.
Too often, directors focus on
I Went To An X-Men Movie.....
...and the Storm/Wolverine show burst onto the scene. Yeah, yeah, I know that Wolverine is quite possibly the most famous X-man out there, but this is supposed to be the "X-Men." Rumor has it that Halle Berry was throwing fits over having such a small role in the other films and refused to do this installment unless her character was given a bigger piece of the pie. Unfortunately, director Brett Ratner gave in to her request, leaving us with an another uninspired performance by Berry.
The story goes like this: Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) returns as Phoenix, dispatches some major characters and, guess what, Magneto (Sir Ian McKellan) is still trying to raise that blasted army of mutants. Oh, and the feds seem to have created a "cure" for mutants by way of Leech, played by that freaky little boy that always plays the freaky little boy (Cameron Bright). The plan is that mutants can "voluntarily" take the antidote and be "cured" of their mutation. Naturally, Magneto takes this as a threat and rounds up Pyro, Mystique, Callisto, Multiple Man, Juggernaut, and others to recruit a mutant army to storm the island where the cure is being manufactured (that island being Alcatraz).
The special effects are wonderful for the most part, but Ratner seems to have depended too heavily on these effects to move the story along. Where the first two films actually tried to deal with the discrimination of mutants, this flick tosses all intelligence aside and goes into full-yet somehow boring-action mode.
As stated before, Storm is given a huge amount of screen time. She becomes the unofficial leader of the X-men and has somehow lost that weird accent she had in the first two flicks. She is very annoying to watch as the film develops. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is also given a large amount of time onscreen, but haven't we seen plenty of him in the first two flicks? Colossus showed up, but he was nothing more than a hood ornament. Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) does develop a little better than he did in X-2, but he doesn't get much screen time. Rogue (Anna Paquin) is almost non-existent in this film. Her little love triangle with Iceman and Kitty Pryde never really develops.
Mentioning Pryde, there are a couple of new additions to the X-men in this flick. Kelsey Grammar does a wonderful job with the minute role he has as Dr. Hank McCoy, better known as Beast. Ben Foster flaps on and off the screen in a brief role (it could almost qualify as a cameo) as Angel. The villains include the aforementioned Multiple Man, Shadowkat, a number of needless little thugs and Vinnie Jones who almost single-handedly saved this flick as Juggernaut.
The language in this film was senseless. I have no problem with fowl language in films where necessary, but it seems as if most of the cursing in this film was thrown in just to give the characters a little more of an edge. The "B" word was tossed around non-chalantly, even used for humor's sake. I just believe that the language could have been patched up a little more.
Okay, I've covered the flick fairly well, now let me get to a couple of really bad gripes I had with this flick.
First of all, two major characters are killed off very quickly: Professor X and Cyclops. Professor X is given a little bit of respect and his death was pretty decent, but it was as if poor Cyclops never even existed once he was offed. Rumors are that James Marsden wa