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X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Preceeded by: X2 (2003)

Director:
Brett Ratner
COUNTRY
USA/UK
GENRE
Action/Adventure/
Sci-FI
NORWEGIAN TITLE
X3: The Last Stand
RUNNING TIME
104 minutes
Producer:
Avi Arad
Lauren Shuler Donner
Ralph Winter
Screenwriter:
Simon Kinberg
Zak Penn


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Logan/Wolverine Hugh Jackman
Ororo Munroe / Storm Halle Berry
Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto Ian McKellen
Professor Charles Xavier Patrick Stewart
Jean Grey / Phoenix Famke Janssen
Marie / Rogue Anna Paquin
Dr. Hank McCoy / Beast Kelsey Grammer
Scott Summers / Cyclops James Marsden
Raven Darkholme / Mystique Rebecca Romijn
Bobby Drake / Iceman Shawn Ashmore
John Allerdyce / Pyro Aaron Stanford
Cain Marko / Juggernaut Vinny Jones
Kitty Pryde Ellen Page
Peter Rasputin / Colossus Daniel Cudmore
Warren Worthington III / Angel Ben Foster
Warren Worthington Michael Murphy
Callisto Dania Ramirez

 

Review

Bryan Singer is gone and Brett Ratner has replaced him, but the tone and spirit of Singer's X2 is kept, if not enhanced in this third X-Men entry . Arguably the best no. 3 of any film series, The Last Stand thrives on the complexity and diversity of the characters, special effects that are not only technically brilliant, but also highly imaginative, and, last but not least, brilliant writing from the team of Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn. Although the film does belong to the new series-trend which have affected the fantasy genre in particular, The Last Stand works both as a continuance and as a standalone feature, because its starting point is to logically justify every move and to treat every character with respect and depth - despite the fact that there is abundances of them. Based on the quality of the second and this third film, there is little doubt in my mind, that X-Men is the one Hollywood fantasy/sci-fi series you should choose from the first decade of the 2000s.

 

Copyright 16.1.2009 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(Previously unpublished review written in 31.7.2006)

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