|The Time Has Come for Those Who Are Different to Stand United.
"It's a relief to see a sequel that measures up to the original. Kevin Carr, Film Threat
|Following a shocking attack on the President, the X-Men must stand united with their deadliest enemies to combat a menace that threatens every mutant on the planet -- and possibly all of mankind.|
Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry lead an all-star cast in this dazzling, action-packed spectacle that is "arguably the greatest superhero movie ever!" (Entertainment Weekly)
"...X2 has everything you'd want in a comic book adaptation... Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"...it may be the best super-hero movie yet made. Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"A follow-up with as much artistic integrity, complexity, humor and well-designed action as the original. Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"The fantastic and at times deliciously nihilistic world of X2 is fully, believably three-dimensional. Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post
"...has everything you'd want in a comic book adaptation... Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper and the Movies
X2: X-MEN UNITED, the remarkable sequel to X-MEN, picks up shortly after the first film's finale. At the White House, a would-be assassin--the acrobatic, teleporting blue mutant Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming)--menaces the president. Meanwhile, in the Canadian Rockies, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) searches for answers to his mysterious past at the top-secret facility where he received his metallic skeleton and claws. Back at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Storm (Halle Berry) instruct students Rogue (Anna Paquin), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), and Pyro (Aaron Stanford), while Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Cyclops (James Marsden) pay a visit to the imprisoned Magneto (Ian McKellen). However, Magneto has a secret weapon in the shape-shifting Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos). Soon allies and enemies alike will unite to defeat the hate-filled military scientist William Stryker (Brian Cox), who wants to rid the world of mutants. When Stryker launches a ruthless two-pronged attack that leaves the school under siege and Xavier and Cyclops captured, Wolverine and the remaining X-Men must spring to action to save their friends and prevent all-out genocide.Even better than its excellent precursor, X2 delves deeper into the X-Men mythology, introducing new characters and touching on essential storylines from the decades-long run of the Marvel comic book series. Providing larger action-packed set pieces and more advanced special effects, director Bryan Singer further develops the characters of Jean Grey, Storm, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Iceman, Pyro, and Mystique. Each member of the cast breathes vitality into their mutant characters with Wolverine, perfectly portrayed by Jackman, once again the wild heart at the center. A love letter to longtime fans of the comic and an amazingly entertaining movie for everyone else, X2: X-MEN UNITED is that rare breed of sequel that manages to improve on the original in every way.
X2: X-Men United - DVD Review
By: Christopher Null
filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 4/10/2009 5:36 PM
The mutants are back in town in the first big sequel of 2003 -- a year that promises at least a half-dozen Brand Name Sequels (nearly all of which, surprisingly, I'm anxious to see). X2 probably won't be the best of the bunch, but it certainly isn't the worst. Like the original X-Men, the sequel is a lot of good, clean fun, full of vibrancy and memorable comic book antics, but ultimately it's a bit of a letdown due to too many squandered opportunities and an exhausting running time. X2 picks up an indeterminate amount of time after the original ended. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman, looking strangely clean cut) is still trying to figure out his past. Magneto (Ian McKellan) is trapped in his plastic prison....read the full review
Cast & Crew
MTV Award (2004)
||X2: X-Men United, Nominee, Best Movie
||Hugh Jackman, Kelly Hu, Nominee, Best Fight
||Shawn Ashmore, Winner, Breakthrough Male Performance
||Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Nominee, Best Kiss
New York Times
"...A symphony of crescendos and pauses, orchestrated toward a big seat-rattling climax, during which an enormous dam breaks, veins bulge on both villainous and heroic brows, and a lot of computer-generated images pop, wiggle and shimmy to the throb and roar of John Ottman's music..."
"...The cast is full of actors who are fun to watch..."
"...It lives in the present, providing one amazing spectacle after another..."
"...Hugh Jackman is again in fierce, lupine form as Wolverine..."
Sight and Sound
...No other film-maker has better dramatised superpowers in action and yet remembered the human cost of all the trickery. X2 is full of double-edged power fantasies that manage a frisson of awe amid the excitement..."
Los Angeles Times
"...X2 is 2 good to be 4-gotten. Brisk and involving with a streamlined forward propulsion....One of the unexpected aspects of X2 is the way its concerns seem to be uncannily relevant today..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...It's shiny pop art with an arch, cultured heart underneath..."
"...It's in the quieter, more dramatic moments that the sequel really gets under the skin..."
"Full of incident..."
James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
The appeal of X2 is probably less broad-based than that of a Spider-Man or Superman. Although it's possible to enjoy this movie without boasting any familiarity with the comic book (or, for that matter, having seen the first movie), director Bryan Singer has developed this project with the fans in mind. This is a Valentine to them, and they are likely to be the most enthusiastic respondents to the film. Yet, as big as Singer's canvas may be, he has yet to acquire the knack of how to metamorphose his ensemble from a group of comic book icons defined by their powers to multi-dimensional cinematic individuals...
- James Berardinelli
San Francisco Examiner 8 of 10
Perhaps the most amazing thing about the new sequel X2, subtitled X-Men United, is that it's made strictly for comic book fans; the rest of the world is not invited. For that reason -- because it hasn't been stretched thin to accommodate first-timers -- it may be the best super-hero movie yet made.
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
"X2: X-Men United" is the kind of movie you enjoy for its moments, even though they never add up. Made for (and possibly by) those with short attention spans, it lives in the present, providing one amazing spectacle after another, and not even trying to develop a story arc. Having trained on the original "X-Men" (2000), i tried to experience the film entirely in the present, and the fact is, i had a good time...Like the comic books that inspired it, "X2" begins with the premise that mutant heroes with specialized superpowers exist among us. Name the heroes, assign the powers, and you're ready for perfunctory dialogue leading up to a big two-page spread in which sleek and muscular beings hurtle through dramatic showdowns...Since the earliest days of "Spider-Man," Marvel heroes have had personal problems to deal with, and there's a classic Stan Lee moment here in the scene where Iceman breaks the news to his parents that he is a mutant. The movie treats the dialogue as a coming out scene, half-seriously, as if providing inspiration for real-life parents and their children with secrets...There's a romance in the movie between Rogue and Iceman, but it doesn't exploit the possibilities of love between mutants with incompatible powers. How inconvenient if during sex your partner was accidentally teleported, frozen, slashed, etc. Does Cyclops wear his dark glasses to bed? "X2: X-Men United" lacks a beginning, a middle and an end, and exists more as a self-renewing loop. In that it is faithful to comic books themselves, which month after month and year after year seem frozen in the same fictional universe. Yes, there are comics in which the characters age and their worlds change, but the X-Men seem likely to continue forever, demonstrating their superpowers in one showcase scene after another. Perhaps in the next generation a mutant will appear named Scribbler, who can write a better screenplay for them.
- Roger Ebert
The Onion A.V. Club 8 of 10
Like the first Tim Burton-directed Batman movie, the original X-Men was the rare comic-book adaptation that satisfied the needs of both summer-movie audiences and all but the most Mylar-addled comic-book fans. Directed with depth, efficiency, and wit by Bryan Singer, the film suffered only from a tendency to seem like a setup for an even bigger movie. And here it is. Significantly longer and stuffed with new mutants, unresolved old business, new subplots, and many more fights, X2: X-Men United suggests that Singer's gaggle of screenwriters received script notes reading "More, more, more."...With their expansive casts, tangled plotlines, and overheated passions, the X-Men comic books have always been as much about soap operatics as laser beams. So far, the film series has not just understood that notion, but run with it. Singer sandwiches melodrama within eye-catching, comics-inspired compositions, allows time for characters to interact with (and often annoy) one another, and, whenever the situation gets too grim, lets Hugh Jackman's anti-heroic Wolverine or some other witty business deflate any pretensions. Aside from a couple of duds in the ensemble, the film also benefits from its gifted cast, with Ian McKellen once again standing out as Magneto, the pitiless, radical mutant whose escape from prison leads to the uneasy alliance suggested by the film's subtitle. With all the talk of government crackdowns in the name of national security--the president even shares George W. Bush's habit of wearing an American-flag pin, lest anyone question his patriotism--the story also boasts a muted contemporary resonance. Only in the finale do the special effects start to overwhelm the plot and characters, but by that point, the film has long since begun to coast on its own momentum toward the inevitable, and welcome, setup for the presumably even bigger X3.
- Keith Phipps