X-Men: The Last Stand

A 'cure' is discovered that will change mutants into ordinary human beings. There are debates on both sides about the cure and whether it is beneficial or not. Magneto (Ian McKellen – The Da Vinci Code, Gods and Monsters) sees this as the last straw and decides to gather up a band of rogue mutants to destroy the cure. Along with Juggernaut (Vinnie Jones – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch), Pyro (Aaron Stanford – 25th Hour, Hollywood Ending), Mystique (Rebecca Romijn – X-Men, Rollerball), and Multiple Man (Eric Dane – from television's Grey's Anatomy), Magneto's group begins to wage war on humans. Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart – from television's Star Trek: The Next Generation), who believes in acceptance, wants things to go on as they always have been. The two leaders clash and at the same time, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen -from television's Nip/Tuck), who was thought to be dead, returns possessed by the evil Dark Pheonix. She becomes a mutant more powerful than even Professor Xavier. Her reappearance also causes problems for Wolverine (Hugh Jackman – X2, Kate and Leopold) and Cyclops (James Marsden – Superman Returns, The Notebook). As the tension mounts it appears as if the ultimate war between mutants is about to begin.

As far as finales for movie trilogies go this one was rather disappointing. The ending instead of leaving me sad that it was over made me sad that it had to end on such a low note. Part of the problem could be that a new director was brought in. Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, After the Sunset) does not seem to have any familiarity with the story nor the characters. For instance, the Jean Grey/Pheonix character is quite ridiculous. She just returns from the dead and has all these powers that we are not given any explanation about. When making a film based on Marvel comic book characters you have to be extra careful to be true to the nature of the characters due to the legions of rabid fans that have pored over each issue. If you stray you will get a ton of backlash and I think this was the case with this film.

The story never flows and even seems like Ratner felt rushed in certain parts. There are many characters and some of them are only given the once over. They are just introduced briefly and never make an appearance again. Oddly and unlike the first two films the story almost seems like an afterthought as action seems to be the raison d'etre. There are tons of action scenes in the film and they involve some cool FX sequences. Every instance of dialogue almost seems like it is merely a set up for the next action sequence. I, for reasons, different than most, hope this is not the last X-Men film and I hope they bring Brian Singer back to direct a fitting send off.

Special Features:
-Commentaries
-Deleted scenes
-Trailers
-The World of Marvel
-A first glimpse at The Simpson's movie
-Trailer for A Night At The Museum

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