This was a really good movie, with
a great plot, some good acting, and awesome special effects.
While the first X-Men movie had to introduce the characters, as well
as the motivations and secrets of various characters, this one was able
to delve right into its own plot. What was really interesting, however,
was the way the first movie was a setup for the second one. There were
many background characters in the first X-Men, who we didn't get to
meet, yet who appeared in this movie as full-fledged characters.
The plot begins with a bang, with probably the most awesome character
in the whole movie, Nightcrawler. Along with the cool effects when he
does his stuff, I love the concept of a teleporting mutant. I also think
it's funny that Jean Grey and Storm aren't amazed by the fact that he
can do this. She says, simply, that he can move from one spot to the
next in an instant, as if it's something that a lot of people can do!
Nightcrawler is being mind-controlled, but we don't know that at this
point. He attacks the US President, nearly killing the man. The awesome
fight sequence between Nightcrawler and the secret service men was quite
exciting (and reminiscent of The Matrix), but I wonder why the mutant didn't finish the job when he was
shot in the arm.
I figured right from the start that Stryker was a bad guy, and that
he was trying to start the war with mutants prematurely. I wonder why he
was also made to be the creator of Wolverine's metallic skeleton. His
hatred of mutants was enough to compensate for this, but now that he is
dead, who will be the bad guy for Wolverine in the eventual next movie?
I liked the fact that Wolverine was able to find out about his past,
and about the experiments that were done to him. I just thought it
required a little more emotional punch. On one hand, I like the fact
that the source of his information was taken away from him just as he
learned a bit of the truth. But how will he find out anything more? I
suppose Stryker had colleagues... and all because his son couldn't be
"cured" of his mutant ability to project life-like illusions into other
So the plot has Professor Xavier kidnapped (wasn't he out of the
action for the last movie, as well... is he too powerful to centre a
movie around?). Stryker then uses his son's illusion powers to control
Xavier's mind. The one part of the movie that I don't really like was
the use of Cerebro. The device was fine in the last movie, because it was barely
used. It is too powerful for a movie like this. Xavier has the ability
to kill anybody and everybody from inside that machine! He can focus on
mutants, and kill them all, which is what Stryker wanted, and then he
was altered to strike out at non-mutants. Even though I don't like the
use of the machine, if anything he should have killed small groups at a time.
I don't like the fact that he is so powerful that he could contact every
mind on the planet at once.
Regardless, this movie is really about the group of mutants who try
to rescue Xavier. The professor was captured when he went to visit his
old friend, Magneto, in prison. Magneto was also mind-controlled into
giving specifications for Cerebro and for infiltrating Xavier's school.
Once Mystique figured out where Magneto was, she used a really cool
trick to rescue him. Instead of impersonating the guard, which would
have simply stranded both of them within the cell, she injected the
guard with an iron solution, giving Magneto something to grab hold of
when he was fed. It's amazing to watch him glide across the empty
expanse on an iron plate made from the concentrated iron in the guard's
On the side of the good guys, the main action sequence for the first
half of the movie takes place in the infiltration of the school, where
the mutants show how dangerous they could be if there ever was a war. An
armored man helps get the children out. Wolverine defeats most of the
invading troopers by himself, with a little help from Iceman and and the
firestarter. My main complaint was the lack of action for Rogue. I also loved
the way that young girl could send herself through matter (like through
the bed when the dart was fired).
Rogue and Iceman are now dating, though she still feels romantically
tied to Wolverine, which is nice potential setup for another movie. I
liked her kiss with Iceman, leaving her with cool (minty?) breath! I
liked her outfits (okay, her nightgown, with the director focusing on
plenty of cleavage!), especially the way that she gets an official X-Men
uniform by the end! I really hope she gets the focus of the next movie
-I'd love to see so much more of her.
The fight through the dam was typical action, but well presented, and
logically paced. It was inevitable that the fire guy would end up with
Magneto -we could see that coming from his temper and attitude,
especially when he deals with the police outside Iceman's home. Xavier's
rescue in the nick of time was also expected. Totally unexpected was Jean
Grey's sacrifice to prevent the wall of water from submerging the jet
after Rogue half-crash-landed it (lack of pilot experience, which is a
great change from heroes who know how to do anything in a moment). That
love triangle between Jean, Wolverine and Cyclops came to an unexpected
Why couldn't Iceman freeze the huge wave? I suppose it took him long
make a wall of ice at the school. How long would it have taken him to
freeze all that water? Too long, I'd say. At least Nightcrawler got to
do some teleporting at the end, though that little girl would have been able to
walk right through the wall to rescue Xavier, if she had been there.
Rogue would have been useful dealing with the illusion guy: she
could have used his mind control to better ends!
The last fight comes in the form of Stryker's aide. It was amazing to
watch her fight Wolverine, since she was subjected to the exact same
procedure as he was, but with fine, sharp needle fingers, instead of a
few knives. She was also mind-controlled. It's too bad that he had to
kill her, because they could have been lovers -both with the same mutant
trait of self-healing. I think I saw that on Wolverine's face, as well.
He once again came so close to having somebody who could understand him,
but had to kill her. Amazing.
There were a lot of really good character moments, a lot of good
action sequences, and some cool special effects (yet another scene that
comes to mind is the battle of the jets, with Jean and Storm taking out
the fighter aircraft and missiles, and Nightcrawler rescuing Rogue in
I can see lots of potential setup for another film. I just hope it is
as good as this one. I'll definitely see this one again.