Movie Reviews: X-Men: Last Stand




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     20th Century Fox (1 hr. 48 mins.)
     A "cure" for mutancy threatens to alter the course of mutant history.
     Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Famke Janssen, Rebecca Romijn, Kelsey Grammer
Bottom Line:

Laurence Washington

Fans of the X-Men series can rest assure that "Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner hasn’t ruined the series after taking over the helm from director Brian Singer ("X-Men 1 & 2"). You might recall Singer bailed out of the series to direct the upcoming "Superman Returns."

That being said, "X-Men: The Last Stand" is a terrific film. Not to give too much away, but there are a lot of surprises twists and turns and a powerful storyline. And many of our favorite X-Men don’t come through "The Last Stand’s" battles unscathed. Halle Berry who hinted about leaving the series if her role wasn’t given more substance, garners a lot more screen time this time around. Berry’s character Storm placed in change of the school for mutants during the absence of Professor Xavier. Berry has received so much face time in fact, she probably could have argued for the film’s top billing.

The plot line hinges on the fact that government has found a permanent cure for mutation. Once injected, the serum will instantly turn any mutant normal. Many of the world’s mutants welcome the news and report to government sponsored indoctrination centers to receive the cure which is given like a flu shot, while others led by super baddie Magneto, band together to destroy the cure and those who would administer the shot. Joining Magneto’s quest in government defiance is resurrected Jean Grey, whose powers now reach biblical proportions.

Singer left the X-Men series in goods hands as Ratner ratchets up the visual effects, action and the drama of the pervious films and poses an ethical question on whether the government should administer a permanent cure for mutations or not. Admittedly I did like "X-Men 2" better. However, like "Star Wars" we all have our favorites episodes. However, "X-Men: The Last Stand" deals with many moral issues and human subplots. Which makes this film Xceptional.



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