X2: X-Men United (2003) mini review

based on a comic book

It's not often that a sequel meets the expectations created by the first, but I'd have to say that X2: X-Men United does. The introduction of Nightcrawler is amazing. Fight sequences are gripping, story and dialogue are excellent - the film is great, just like the first.

In the second X-men movie, we are introduced to William Stryker (Brian Cox). As is evidenced by the title of the movie, the X-Men team up with the Brotherhood of Mutants to stop Stryker from his insidious plot. Central characters returning from the original include Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Storm (Halle Berry), Cyclops (James Marsden), Rogue (Anna Paquin), Iceman, Magneto (Ian McKellan), and Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos). New (central) characters include Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming - Son of the Mask, Josie and the Pussycats), Lady Deathstrike, and Pyro. There are also several other cameos in this film.

According to Wikipedia*, X2 is based loosely on the X-Men graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills.

See it if you want to see the continued X-ploits (sorry) of the X-Men brought to the big screen.

Don't see it (yet) if you haven't seen the first X-Men.

*see Wikipedia article on X2.

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