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X-Men: The Last Stand Film Review

X-Men: The Last Stand Film Review

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X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 American superhero film, based on the X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics. The third installment in the X-Men film series, the film was directed by Brett Ratner and stars an ensemble cast including Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry. The film's script is loosely based on two X-Men comic book story arcs, "The Dark Phoenix Saga" by writer Chris Claremont and artist John Byrne, and "Gifted" by writer Joss Whedon and artist John Cassaday, with a plot that revolves around a "mutant cure" that causes serious repercussions among mutants and humans, and on the mysterious resurrection of Jean Grey.

Filming started in August 2005, budgeted at $210 million, the most expensive film at the time of its release, and had extensive visual effects done by eleven different companies. X-Men: The Last Stand received mixed reviews, but grossed approximately $459 million worldwide, the seventh-highest grossing film of 2006 and the most financially successful of the series.

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Plot (X-Men: The Last Stand)


Twenty years before the movie's current events, Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr meet a young Jean Grey at her parents' house. Ten years later, a young Warren Worthington III tries to cut off his wings, before his father discovers he is a mutant.

The next scene opens with the X-Men in battle against a giant robot in the Danger Room. Kitty Pryde and Colossus have joined the team, although Cyclops is absent. Storm insists on working as a team, but Wolverine has Colossus throw him as he cuts the giant robot's head off. Storm is upset with Logan for not working as part of a team.

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Sometime afterward, the pharmaceutical company Worthington Labs announces it has developed an inoculation to suppress the X-gene that gives mutants their abilities and makes them different from other humans, offering the "cure" to any mutant who wants it. While some mutants are interested in the cure, including the X-Men's Rogue, many others are horrified by the announcement. In response to the news, the X-Men's adversary, Lensherr, now known as Magneto, raises an army, warning his followers that the "cure" will be forcefully used to exterminate the mutant race. (More about X-Men: The Land Stand Film Review...Keep Reading)

Cyclops, still depressed about the loss of Jean, returns to Alkali Lake. Jean appears to Cyclops, but as the two romantically kiss, Jean takes on a fearsome appearance. Psychically sensing trouble, Professor X sends Wolverine and Storm to investigate. When they arrive, the two X-Men encounter telekinetically floating rocks, Cyclops' glasses, and an unconscious Jean. Cyclops himself is nowhere to be found. Xavier explains that when Jean sacrificed herself, she unleashed the powerful alternate personality she calls "Phoenix". Wolverine is disgusted to learn that Xavier has kept Jean in check telepathically, but when Jean awakens, he realizes she is not the Jean Grey he knew. Jean pleads with Wolverine to kill her, but when he refuses, the Phoenix surfaces and knocks out Wolverine, before escaping to her childhood home.

Magneto, alerted by Callisto to the presence of an immeasurably strong and powerful mutant, realizes that it must be Jean Grey. Magneto and his allies are already at Jean's childhood home when Xavier and his X-Men arrive. The two men vie for Jean's loyalty until the Phoenix resurfaces. She destroys her family's house, disintegrates Xavier, and leaves with Magneto. The X-Men regroup to confront Magneto's army, despite being significantly outnumbered. 

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Magneto has diverted the Golden Gate Bridge to provide access to Alcatraz Island, the location of Worthington Labs facility. The military troops defending the facility are armed with plastic "cure weapons" able to neutralize the attacking mutants, and non-metallic to counter Magneto's powers. Magneto lets the lesser-powered mutants charge ahead, with heavy initial losses, but then they rapidly begin to overwhelm the troops. The X-Men Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Colossus and Kitty Pryde arrive to battle Magneto and his troops.

During the fight, Beast injects Magneto with the cure, nullifying his powers. Meanwhile, Kitty has entered the facility to find Jimmy, who is the source of the cure and saves him from the murderous Juggernaut. They escape as Army reinforcements arrive, only to be obliterated by Phoenix, lashing out with her power and destroying everything around her including the lab itself. Wolverine realizes that due to his self-healing power, he is the only one who can approach her. He tells Storm to evacuate everyone and faces Phoenix alone, his power barely neutralizing her disintegration attack. Jean, momentarily gaining control, begs Wolverine to save her. Telling Jean he loves her, Wolverine kills her and holds her dead body as he weeps.

The school continues without Xavier, with Storm now as headmistress and Logan as a teacher. The US president appoints Beast as ambassador to the United Nations, Rogue returns, telling Iceman she has taken the cure and the two hold hands skin-to-skin.

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In the epilogue, Magneto sits alone at a chessboard in a San Francisco park. He gestures forlornly towards the queen, causing it to tilt slightly.

In a post-credits scene, Dr. Moira MacTaggert checks on a comatose patient who greets her with Xavier's voice. Startled, she replies, "Charles?"

Cast


The X-Men are a special ops team from The Xavier Institute, charged with protecting both humans and mutants and trying to prevent a war between the two.

  • Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine
    A mutant with the power of regeneration, which allowed the painful implantation of an adamantium metal coating on his bones and claws that emerge from each hand.
  • Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe / Storm
    One of Xavier's original students, Storm can manipulate the weather around her with her mind.
  • Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier
    The founder of the Xavier Institute, who has uncharted telepathic powers and is an authority on genetic mutation as well as an advocate of peaceful relations between human and mutant kind.
  • Anna Paquin as Marie / Rogue
    A teenage runaway mutant with the power of absorbing life force, who found a home at Xavier's school, where she fell in love with Bobby Drake, but has a rocky relationship with him due to her life absorbing power.
  • Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy / Beast
    A former student of Xavier's School who is now the Secretary of Mutant Affairs in the U.S. government. A brilliant scientist, Beast's mutation leads him to be covered in blue fur and have heightened strength and agility.
  • James Marsden as Scott Summers / Cyclops
    The X-Men's field leader, capable of emitting powerful energy blasts from his eyes.
  • Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake / Iceman
    A young mutant who can create constructs of ice or blasts of cold.
  • Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde
    She can "phase" through matter and walk through solid objects.
  • Daniel Cudmore as Peter Rasputin / Colossus
    He can transform his skin into an organic steel, granting superhuman strength and a resistance to damage and temperature.
  • Ben Foster as Warren Worthington III / Angel
    He has feathered wings which allow him to fly. Cayden Boyd plays Warren as a child.

 The Brotherhood is Magneto's personal strike force, whose goal is to ensure mutant supremacy against the human race.

  • Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
    Leader and founder of The Brotherhood, Magneto is a Holocaust survivor who wages war against humanity in the name of mutant superiority. His power is that he can control any metal substance.
  • Famke Janssen as Jean Grey / Phoenix
    A former member of the X-Men who sacrificed herself to save her comrades, upon being resurrected Jean gives in to her alternate personality, the Phoenix, an aggressive Class 5 mutant who possesses potentially limitless telepathic and telekinetic powers, even stronger than Magneto's. Haley Ramm plays Jean as a child.
  • Rebecca Romijn as Raven Darkholme / Mystique
    Magneto's blue-skinned right-hand woman can shapeshift to match anyone's appearance as well as fight with incredible agility and strength. Shot with a cure gun, saving Magneto, she loses her own mutant abilities and form, and is disowned by Magneto.
  • Aaron Stanford as John Allerdyce / Pyro
    Former Xavier Institute student with a grudge against his best friend Iceman. Since he left with Magneto, he tutored him. He can only manipulate the fire, but adevice on his wrists gives him an initial spark to manipulate as fire.
  • Vinnie Jones as Cain Marko / Juggernaut
    A criminal recruited by the Brotherhood in a prison truck, Juggernaut is incredibly strong, fast, and once he gains momentum, he is almost unstoppable. Despite being the stepbrother of Xavier in the comics, there is no mention of his relation in the film and also in the comics, he is an enchanted human as opposed to a mutant.
  • Eric Dane as James Madrox / Multiple Man
    A mutant and a thief recruited by the Brotherhood in a prison truck, Madrox has the power to create an infinite number of copies of himself.

A group of mutant outcasts which exists as part of an underground network that stretches across the nation.

  • Dania Ramirez as Callisto
    The leader of The Omegas, who possesses enhanced superhumanly acute senses, managing to sense mutants and their powers, and superhuman speed.
  • Meiling Melançon as Psylocke
    Psylocke has the ability to teleport herself through areas of shadow. Her primary ability of creating psionic blades was left out in the film.
  • Omahyra Mota as Arclight
    Arclight can generate shock waves of concussive force, destroying powers.
  • Ken Leung as Kid Omega
    A mutant who can eject spikes from his body, most notably his face. This character resembles the comic books' character Quill; however, the official cast credits read "Kid Omega".

Other characters 

  • Michael Murphy as Warren Worthington II, The head of Worthington Labs, the corporation developing the "cure", who expects to rid his son of his mutant abilities.
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo as Dr. Kavita Rao
    A scientist working at Worthington Labs on the mutant cure, which was created with the DNA of Leech.
  • Josef Sommer as The President
    The mutant-tolerating President of the United States.
  • Bill Duke as Bolivar Trask
    The head of the Department of Homeland Security, he aids the President during the Mutant War. While a holographic Sentinel does appear in the film as part of a Danger Room session, Trask has no (presumed) connection to the Sentinels. It is also notable that in the comics, Trask is of a Caucasian ethnic background while Duke is African American.
  • Cameron Bright as Jimmy / Leech
    A mutant boy who, due to being able to neutralize the powers of nearby mutants, has his DNA used as basis for the "cure."
X-Men co-creator Stan Lee and writer Chris Claremont have cameos in the film's opening scene as neighbors in Jean Grey's old neighborhood. The sergeant directing defensive preparations before the Brotherhood assaults Alcatraz Island is played by R. Lee Ermey. In the scene where Magneto first meets the Omegas, there is a very large man who slims down in order to sit down between two people. The character, Phat, is played by two actors, Via Saleaumua and Richard Yee, as Phat in "large mode" and "small mode", respectively.

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The character Spike, portrayed by Lance Gibson, battles Wolverine in the forest, where he was depicted with the ability to extrude and hurl bony spikes from his flesh. In the Xavier Institute when Storm and Professor X are walking down the corridor talking about “why they are still hiding”, there are three identical girls (the Stepford Cuckoos). Shauna Kain and Kea Wong reprised their cameo roles as Siryn and Jubilee respectively.

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