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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

X-Men: The Last Stand

Ian McKellen as Magneto in X-Men 3Plot Outline (stolen from IMDB again cos' I really hate coming up with plot outlines): In X-Men: The Last Stand, the final chapter in the X-Men motion picture trilogy, a "cure" for mutancy threatens to alter the course of history. For the first time, mutants have a choice: retain their uniqueness, though it isolates and alienates them, or give up their powers and become human. The opposing viewpoints of mutant leaders Charles Xavier (Stewart), who preaches tolerance, and Magneto (McKellen), who believes in the survival of the fittest, are put to the ultimate test -- triggering the war to end all wars.

Mutants are on the verge of X-tinction, it seems, when US business Worthington Industries discovers a cure for mutation. This scientific breakthrough complicates and intensifies the battle - both physical and ideological - between Professor X's (Stewart) integration-friendly X-Men and the human-hating muties let by Magneto (McKellen)...

My Thoughts:
I'm lazy, so I'll do these in point form.

- It does not suck as much as I've feared. Low expectations.

- Brett Ratner knows he does not do dramatic scenes well, thus he focused more on what he's better at, action scenes.

- The action's pretty good. The last battle is kinda fun to watch.

- Some major characters died. One of them had one hell of a death scene (it involves floating houses and cool slow-mo).

- Of course, the above point is nullified if you've stayed back to watch the scene after the credits.

- No Gambit in the film. :(

- Thing between Logan and Jean Grey became kinda mushy. It's okay, Wolverine is still the coolest X-man in the film.

- I can't stand Halle Berry's Storm.

- Yes, Sir Ian McKellen is the best thing about the film. With him, any kinds of film can be rescued. He is THAT good.

- Rogue really sucked in this film. Wasn't she the protagonist in the first film?

- Shadowcat's kinda likable for a character who was tossed into the film suddenly and had only less than 15 -20 minutes of screentime. Ellen Page is a good actress.

- Angel was pretty unnecessary in the film, even though his presence was meant only to make the film world seem bigger.

- It's an okay film with some entertaining action scenes. The film is only made emotional because of what was established in the last two films.

- I won't mind another sequel as long as the flaws here can be ironed out.

- While X2 is much better than this, I can't really say that X1 is that much better than X3.

- Don't go in with high expectations and you'll end up enjoying the film.