Wednesday, October 22, 2014

X2: X-Men United

2003 American/Canadian Feature
Alternate Titles: X2 / X-Men 2

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, Aaron Stanford and Shawn Ashmore
Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: David Hayter, Zak Penn and Bryan Singer (story); Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and David Hayter (screenplay)

Professor Charles Xavier and his team of genetically gifted superheroes, facing a rising tide of anti-mutant sentiment, must join forces with their nemesis Magneto to stop a rogue military plot to exterminate all mutants.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 87% / Audience: 85%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 68% / Audience: 8.3%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available


  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film.

  • Based on the Marvel Comics series The X-Men, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first published in 1963. The plot of X2 was inspired by the 1982 graphic novel X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson.
  • The second film of the popular X-Men film series, following the 2000 original and followed by X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.
  • Long present in the comics series, the metaphoric similarities between the struggles of mutants and the GLBT community is most strongly apparent in the film series here when young mutant Bobby Drake (a.k.a. Iceman) "comes out" to his family and his mother asks him, "Have you ever tried not being a mutant?".
  • Neil Patrick Harris was considered for the role of Nightcrawler, played in the film by Alan Cumming. Both actors had previously played another German character, the Master of Ceremonies, in the 1998 Broadway revival of the musical Cabaret.
  • Director Bryan Singer has a cameo as a security guard, while screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris appear as surgeons.
  • Cited in the Guinness Book of World Records as "The Widest Film Release", having opened on 3,741 screens on the same day, May 2, 2003.

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