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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Patrick Stewart
Hugh Jackman
Halle Berry
Alan Cumming
Ian McKellen
Directors
Bryan Singer
Screenwriters
Michael Dougherty
Dan Harris
Running Time
130 minutes

X-Men 2
Bryan Singer's The Empire Strikes Back.


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Plot
Following a mutant assassination attempt on the President, Colonel William Stryker initiates a war on mutants, specificially the superhero group, the X-Men. Now, they must join with their sworn enemy, Magneto, to survive; while Wolverine discovers that Stryker holds the key to his murky past...


Verdict
During shooting, Singer constantly referred to The Empire Strikes Back as his template - and, by jove, he's made a movie that's worthy of the comparison. On its own terms, though, it's a truly great genre sequel.


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