As the X-Men try to find a mutant that has attempted to assassinate the President, the Academy is attacked by military forces. In the aftermath they join forces with Magneto and uncover a plot to murder all of the mutants on Earth.
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X-Men turned out to be a trial run. X2 (2003) is not just better, but has yet to be dethroned as modern superhero cinema’s high-water mark, and with the genre currently a howling bag of cats, its perch seems secure.
X2: in which Wolwerine dresses like Simon Cowell. Magneto’s escape from his plastic prison cell was very cool. The film has a nice pace and visuals, and it sure felt ‘bigger’ than the first installment. I like to think of the mutants as a metaphor for other minorities, this is what gives the saga some credibility.
I'll never forget the pure, teary-eyed fanboy joy my teenage self experienced at seeing Wolverine's berserker rage unleashed on the big screen for the first time. The Mansion Siege still ranks as one of the best sequences in any comic book movie. The third act suffers from some serious pacing issues (who wanted to see the X-Men fight a bursting dam?) but that can't take away from the rest of Singer's accomplishments.
A bit bigger and better than its predecessor. The X-Mansion raid was pretty wild even if Nightcrawler was underused. The Wrath of Khan ending was a decent set-up for what I remember to be a failed 3rd installment but I always wondered where Halle Berry's accent from the first movie went. The best of the original trilogy...
Considering the first was no classic it is unfortunate the second doesn't even come close to matching the interest of the first. Lazy storytelling, lazy filmmaking. Performances are mostly phoned in except an engaging Famke Janssen and a better utilized Rebecca Romjin. Camp and not in a good way, especially in the cheezy YA love triangle angle between the young mutants.Some fair effects but overall the lesser sequel.
With a even stronger script that give the ensemble more to do (with the exception of James Marsden) this is one of those sequels that is more satisfying than the original even if it is too much Hugh Jackman as in the comics the entire ensemble was important. Still it is better edited and faster and has a great climax that promises fantastic stuff in the future.