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Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, James Marsden, Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park

Synopsis: Based on the long-running Marvel comic book series, X-MEN takes place in the near future, as certain humans are evolving into mutants with special powers. In the Canadian wilderness, a young runaway mutant named Rogue (Anna Paquin) and a bad-tempered, quick-healing mutant with retractable metal claws called Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) are suddenly attacked by Sabertooth, one of Magneto's (Ian McKellen) powerful lackeys. Fortunately, Cyclops (James Marsden) and Storm (Halle Berry), students of the compassionate Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), interfere and bring them back to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Here Wolverine and Rogue learn more about the conflict between Xavier and the militant Magneto, who wants to power a device that will genetically alter humans, with possibly deadly results. Followed by the sequel X-Men 2.

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X-Men Review

Review: There have been a slew of comic book movies, and there is bound to be more with the inevitable success of The X-Men. But let's be truthful here, between you and I, this is not the be all end all of comic book movies. Now stop wringing your hands around that marvel comic wishing it was my neck. I completely agree with you that it is heads and claws above the last Bat-man outing. (What was with the whole nipples on the costume thing…Is Joel Schumacher insane?)

The X-Men though is an odd project. At one point, before the world of CGI, it was a project that seemed like it would never happen. Hell, then there were the casting rumours...Robert De Niro as Wolverine...which I would love to see as a parody but never in action.

So sitting down in the air conditioned theatre, sun shining bright outside, it is odd to watch such a dour, moody, almost-anti-action comic book flick like this one. The characters and the story are all in place, but it is missing the bang-up thrills that would make this a crowd pleaser of all sorts (at least for summer audiences). Unlike last year's Matrix which revelled in it's over-the-top action sequences Bryan Singer has concentrated more on the character before getting down to the real nitty gritty fight scenes.

Director Bryan Singer has a lot to work with here. Human beings are evolving, just like you are doing while reading this. However, some have gone a little further down the evolution scale. These little blips in the human scale are called Mutants. Some can blast optic beams from their pupils like Cyclops (James Marsden) while others are blue with yellow eyes but can shape shift to look like anyone they please (Mystique - Rebecca Romijn Stamos).

Somewhere in the not too distant future the world is coming to grips with these mutants and a war is brewing. Some want to rid the world of mutants, and some of the mutants like the villain Magneto (Ian McKellen) are not ready to comply. In fact, they are looking to be a little less compliant and want to take over the world themselves.

This is all paralleled nicely with an opening scene during the Jewish internment camps where Magneto is separated from his parents and truly exhibits his powers for the first time.

That is part of the problem with this film though, it spends a lot of time on set-up without a lot of delivery. We have Magneto, Rogue, Wolverine all being built but the end result is never as explosive as one expects. Now, in Singer's defence, this appears to be the first in a series (most likely a trilogy - makes for good commercial branding) and if so we, the audience, now have the background for whatever Singer may throw at us next.

Aside from my grudge over the slow pacing in parts, which if there are to be more films this statement should be ignored, I have cast/character problems. First, Sabretooth. Yawn.

Second, I know Halle Berry can act, I've seen it in films like Introducing Dorothy Dandridge but this character of Storm reads like bland oatmeal. She shows up, she creates a lot of sparks and bores the hell out of me. Next mutant please...

Cyclops...you know I read the comics a lot and never got the sense that he was a whiney, prissy character. Now either Singer directed Marsden to play him this way or Marsden chose to...either way...fix it. If he has been the leader of the X-Men before Wolverine showed up then he should bloody well act like it.

Major kudos go out to Hugh Jackman though, perfectly cast and without him this flick would be a one star outing. He is the heart and soul of this film. I can just see the studio exec's trying all sorts of Wolverine spin-offs...how about a sitcom with Wolverine and three orphaned kids all trying to make it on their own...with a lot of heart?

In the end, better than most comic book flicks, but the sequel better be something else out of this world to keep me truly interested. 3.5 stars out of 5.

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DVD Information:

Interviews with Bryan Singer
Hugh Jackman Screen Test
Still Gallery
THX Certified
Trailers And More!
Video: Widescreen 2.35:1 (Anamorphic)
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

The X-Men 1.5 Edition contains the following:
Commentary by Bryan Singer, Patrick Stuart, Ian McKellan, and Hugh Jackman
Disc 1:
24 deleted scenes, Bryan singer intro, director's commentary
Disc 2:
Disc intro by Bryan Singer
The Making of X-Men: Part 1 (Origin of the X-Men)
Part 2 (The Uncanny Suspects) - 11 character designs
Part 3 (X-Factor) - Pre-viz animatics, 4 make-up tests, 2 set constructions
Part 4 (Shooting X-Men) - 2 scenes, behind the scenes photo album
Part 5 (Remembering the X-Men) - branch to Ellis Island premiere
3 trailers
13 TV spots
11 internet interstitials
Spider Man easter egg
X-Men 2: teaser trailer(TBD)
behind the scenes of X-Men 2

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