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X-Men (2000)

  Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Patrick Stewart
Links: X-Men on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Sci-Fi

This movie gets: 7.00 (2 ratings)
nofreelist.com Ranking: Ranked equal 104th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

X-Men (2000) is also mentioned in em_fiction's review of The Incredibles (2004) and pearly's review of X2 (2003).

"Classic good versus evil stuff" - a review by pearly

X-Men is a film adaptation of a comic book. It focuses around a new breed of humans that have mutated in some way, and have become known, amongst the regular humans, as, surprisingly, mutants. Anna Paquin is Marie, a teenager who discovers that her mutation is that she has a strange effect on anyone she touches. She leaves home and finds herself hitching a ride with Logan (Hugh Jackman), who has metal encasings around his bones, and can become Wolverine - complete with metal claws.

After being attacked by some evil mutants, these good mutants are rescued by some other good mutants, led by Professor X (Patrick Stewart). What follows is a battle of the good, human loving mutants, versus the evil, human hating ones.

What happens next is pretty much a no-brainer. But the plot of a comic book story isn't really the point. It's all the action you can fit in, and, for a movie version, the special effects. What's cool about X-Men is that the sets are all really slick. The dank places look really, overly dank, and the classy places look expensive and futuristic. The fight sequences are also well put together, and there's a character who can mimic other characters, which is always fun.

Far from groundbreaking stuff, X-Men is, however, good because it has a great ensemble cast (I never realised how similar Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen looked!), and doesn't try too hard to be something it's not. Most of the characters are there to fit some sort of stereotype (e.g. Cyclops (James Marsden) is a good guy, but he's treated as a bit of a comic relief character), but that's okay, because that's what comic books are all about.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 6 Nov 2002

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Number of reviews: 1
Number of ratings: 2
Average rating: 7.00
Lowest rating: 6 (by pearly)
Highest rating: 8 (by em_fiction)
 
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