X-Men 2 picks up almost directly where X-Men left off: misguided super-villain Magneto (Ian McKellen) is still a prisoner of the US government, heroic bad-boy Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is up in Canada investigating his mysterious origin, and the events at Liberty Island (which occurred at the conclusion of X-Men) have prompted a rethink in official policy towards mutants--the proposed Mutant Registration Act has been shelved by US Congress. Into this scenario pops wealthy former army commander William Stryker, a man with the President's ear and a personal vendetta against... all mutant-kind in general, and the X-Men's leader Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in particular. Once he sets his plans in motion, the X-Men must team-up with their former enemies Magneto and Mystique (Rebecca Romjin-Stamos), as well as some new allies (including Alan Cumming's gregarious, blue-skinned German mutant, Nightcrawler). The phenomenal global success of X-Men meant that director Bryan Singer had even more money to spend on its sequel, and it shows. Not only is the script better (there's significantly less cheesy dialogue than the original), but the action and effects are also even more stupendous--from Nightcrawler's teleportation sequence through the White House to a thrilling aerial dogfight featuring mutants-vs-missiles to a military assault on the X-Men's school/headquarters to the final showdown at Stryker's sub-Arctic headquarters. Yet at no point do the effects overtake the film or the characters. Moreso than the original, this is an ensemble piece, allowing each character in its even-bigger cast at least one moment in the spotlight (in fact, the cast credits don't even run until the end of the film). And that, perhaps, is part of its problem (though it's a slight one): with so much going on, and nary a recap of what's come before, it's a film that could prove baffling to anyone who missed the first instalment. But that's just a minor quibble--X-Men 2 is that rare thing, a sequel that's actually superior to its predecessor. --Robert Burrow [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play The X-Men led by Professor Xavier once again return to save the world from a group of mutant creatures In the White House a would-be assassin an acrobatic teleporting blue mutant Nightcrawler menaces the president Meanwhile in the Canadian Rockies Wolverine searches for answers to his mysterious past at the top-secret facility where he received his metallic skeleton and claws Back at Xavier&39;s School for Gifted Youngsters Jean Grey and Storm instruct students Rogue Iceman and Pyro while Professor Xavier (played by Patrick Stewart) and Cyclops pay a visit to the imprisoned Magneto (played by Ian McKellen) Soon these enemies will unite to defeat the hate-filled military scientist William Stryker (played by Brian Cox) who wants to rid the world of mutants
Bryan Singer returns to direct this big screen sequel. Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Wolverine (Hugh Jackson), and the Academy for Gifted Youngsters, aka the X-Men, find themselves in the firing line after a failed assassination attempt on the President points the finger at the school. It was in fact the mysterious teleporter Nightwalker (Alan Cumming) who ordered it, and, in an attempt to clear their names, the X-Men are led into a trap set by the evil William Stryker (Brian Cox) - a mysterious scientist apparently working for the government. As it soon becomes evident that Stryker's agenda is to destroy all mutants, the X-Men need to call in the help of many of their old friends and foes, including Magneto (Ian McKellen), if they are to stop him.