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X2 (X-Men 2: X-Men United) [2003] (2 discs)

Director:Bryan Singer
Writer:Dan Harris
David Hayter
Michael Dougherty
Composer:John Ottman
Length:133 minutes
(2 hours 13 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
Sorting Tub:Bravo
IMDB Rating:7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:87%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: An attempt on the president's life by a mutant gives Striker the support he needs to make a decisive strike against mutants everywhere.

Reaction: This one improves on the previous movie with a very well constructed story and plenty of action.

Personal Rating: 10/10

Bryan Singer => Director / Security Officer in Magneto's Prison (uncredited)
Dan Harris => Writer
David Hayter => Writer
Michael Dougherty => Writer
John Ottman => Composer
Lauren Shuler Donner => Producer
Aaron Stanford => Pyro / John Allerdyce
Alan Cumming => Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Alf Humphreys => William Drake (as Alfred E. Humphreys)
Alfonso Quijada => Federal Bldg. Cleaning Twin #1
Anna Paquin => Rogue / Marie D'Ancanto
Brian Cox => William Stryker
Bruce Davison => Senator Kelly
Cotter Smith => President McKenna
Daniel Cudmore => Colossus
Famke Janssen => Jean Grey
Halle Berry => Storm / Ororo Munroe
Hugh Jackman => Wolverine / Logan
Ian McKellen => Eric Lensherr / Magneto
James Kirk => Ronny Drake
James Marsden => Scott Summers / Cyclops
Jill Teed => Madeline Drake
Katie Stuart => Shadowcat
Kea Wong => Jubilee
Kelly Hu => Deathstrike / Yuriko Oyama
Michael Reid MacKay => Jason 143
Michasha Armstrong => Plastic Prison Guard
Nolan Gerard Funk => Captured X-Kid (as Nolan Funk)
Patrick Stewart => Professor Charles Xavier
Peter Wingfield => Stryker Soldier Lyman
Rebecca Romijn => Grace (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) / Mystique
Rene Quijada => Federal Bldg. Cleaning Twin #2
Roger R. Cross => Oval Office Agent Cartwright
Shawn Ashmore => Bobby Drake / Iceman
Steve Bacic => Dr. Hank McCoy
Ty Olsson => Mitchell Laurio

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Rebecca Romijn' make-up took five hours to apply.
  • The "Lady Deathstrike" claws were glued to the bottom of Kelly Hu's own fingernails. She had to grow them out a bit so that the claws would fit securely.
  • The red scar on the back of Cyclops' neck to signify his being controlled by Stryker was added digitally afterwards.
  • Originally the idea was that Jean Grey was temporarily rendered blind after her violent reunion with Cyclops. This was initially filmed as such, but ditched during production, but in the scene where Wolverine shuts a dam door, saving the X-Men from a wall of water, Jean Grey is the only character not looking at him.
  • Unlike the first film where Rebecca Romijn wore contact lenses, this time Mystique's eyes are rendered digitally.
  • Bruce Davison (Senator Kelly) and Brian Cox (William Stryker) were born only 27 days apart, but Cox's charcter indicates that Senator Kelly is at least 20 years his junior.
  • Frozen tea was put on the end of Wolverine's claws for the cat at Iceman's home to lick off.
  • When Jean and Storm are in the church looking for Nightcrawler, Jean is wearing a jacket with a phoenix on the back. This is a nod to the fans of the comic book where Jean becomes Phoenix.
  • Magneto's line "When will these people learn how to fly?" is a reference to the fact that some of the characters (Jean Grey and Rogue) have the ability to fly in the comics but haven't yet in the films. The only characters with the power of flight in the comics that have shown this ability in the movies are Magneto and Storm.
  • Kelly Hu has only one line of dialogue in the entire film.
  • Ian McKellen (Magneto) worked with screenwriters to make the scene in which Bobby Drake (Ice Man) tells his parents he is a mutant to look more like a common gay "coming-out" scene.