I have not seen the first two films but I own this one. I thought it was easy to follow and gather the story although I know nothing of the first two films. Although I thought I wouldn"t, I really enjoyed this film but and now I"m very interested in buying the first two. This is a great film to watch over and over, it is also a great price... a lot less than what I paid of course.
These films are a story unlike any another and will appeal to people of all ages.
'X3' was always going to be a hard sell: with original director Bryan Singer bounced out of a job and away helming 'Superman Returns', scribe David Hayter long gone and international release dates bought forward by almost a year, few people expected 'X-Men 3: The Last Stand' to live up to its spectacular predecessor 'X2: X-Men United' or even match up to the ropey, but well liked, 'X-Men 1.5 X-Treme Edition' DVD. It"s a credit to all involved then, that not only is 'X3' an awesome action movie, but also an exciting, commendably sombre, conclusion to 'Marvel"s' flagship superhero franchise.
'X3' sees all mutants offered a "cure" by the powers that be; needless to say, this cynical ploy only serves to exacerbate the mutant-human conflict and effectively blurs the line between hero and villain. New director Bret 'Rush Hour' Ratner does well (though he lacks Singer"s subtlety & occasionally sacrifices story for spectacle), Patrick Stewart is typically cerebral as Professor X, Famke Janssen delights as the resurrected Phoenix / Jean Grey (Janssen even manages to pay homage to her breakthrough role as "Goldeneye" Bond girl Xenia Onatop), Kelsey Grammer is surprisingly good as The Beast whilst Hugh Jackman brushes up on his berserker attack one more time as the feral Wolverine. Ian McKellen is also at his most charismatic playing WWII concentration camp survivor turned militant mutant leader; Eric Lensherr a.k.a. Magneto, who, in spite of his past villainy, makes a number of valid points in a spine tingling speech about extermination and prejudice which is more 'RSC' than 'Marvel Comics'. As with all the 'X-Men' movies; they"re just so many interesting characters and not nearly enough screen time to do them all justice, and here; Angel in particular is built up no end, but doesn"t really get to make as big an impact as he could have And though 'X-Men' purists will consider most of what Ratner"s done as sacrilegious meddling, this is an X-citing (see what I did there?), satisfying motion picture that"ll stand up to numerous viewings in the years to come, and makes for an enjoyable final chapter in the "X-Men" saga. X-cellent.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Take a stand... When a pharmaceutical company publicises a 'cure' to suppress mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier (Stewart), and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto (McKellen)... The third film in the big-screen X-Men film franchise, which plays host to the addition of fan-favourite characters (including Beast, Juggernaut and Angel), further explorers the mutant human divide and also provides a glimpse into the fate of Jean Grey reborn as Phoenix... Actors Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, Rebecca Romijn, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Ben Foster, James Marsden, Olivia Williams, Daniel Cudmore, Vinnie Jones, Bill Duke & Kea Wong Director Brett Ratner Certificate 12 years and over Year 2006 Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) ; DTS Subtitles English for the hearing impaired
The third film in the popular 'X-Men' film franchise. When a private laboratory supported by the government finds the cure for the mutants, using the DNA of a powerful boy, the mutants have the option of giving up their powers and becoming human. However, Magneto (Ian McKellen) opposes and decides to join a force to fight against the government and kill the mutant boy. Meanwhile, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) resurrects uncontrolled by Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and with the personality of the powerful Dark Phoenix. She destroys Cyclops (James Marsden) and Xavier, and allies to the evil forces of Magneto, making them almost invincible.