Stewart's Dr Xavier - from the Marvel comic strip - runs his boarding school as a refuge for mutants with special powers, and as an undercover operation against Magneto (McKellen), whose mutant forces are plotting warfare on humans in response to proposed legislation against the growing percentage of 'freaks' in the population. Aiming to stop such damaging conflict are Xavier's X-Men. His latest recruit Wolverine (Jackman) produces metal spikes from his knuckles; Rogue (Paquin) can cause death with a touch; Storm (Berry) has the weather at her command; while Cyclops (Marsden) delivers withering looks from ray-gun eyes. The conflict between Xavier and Magneto couches a dilemma familiar from ethnic and gay politics: assimilation or direct action. It's good to find an action movie which has at least one idea in its head, but apart from the brushed metal production design and pin-sharp camerawork, this offers only moderate excitement.

By: TJ

Release details

Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Bryan Singer
Screenwriter: David Hayter
Cast: Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Ian McKellen
Famke Janssen
James Marsden
Halle Berry
Anna Paquin
Tyler Mane
Ray Park
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
Bruce Davison

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The great thing about having children is you get to relive/rerun a whole load of stuff.

My 12 year old has decided she wants to watch the entire X men collection. so we made a start last night with the first one. Strangely though I know i have seen it - I had next to no recollection of any of the story! Anyway it was good fun but does show its age as effects and stories these days are so much more sophisticated, but I love Ian Mckellan and Patrick Stewart so did overall thoroughly enjoy it! I'm looking forward to reliving the others and catching some I have never seen!