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X-Men (2000)

Succeeded by: X2 (2003)

Director:
Bryan Singer
COUNTRY
Canada/USA
GENRE
Action/Adventure/
Sci-FI
NORWEGIAN TITLE
X-Men
RUNNING TIME
104 minutes
Producer:
Lauren Shuler Donner
Ralph Winter
Screenwriter:
David Hayter


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Logan/Wolverine Hugh Jackman
Professor Charles Xavier Patrick Stewart
Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto Ian McKellen
Jean Grey / Phoenix Famke Janssen
Scott Summers / Cyclops James Marsden
Ororo Munroe / Storm Halle Berry
Marie / Rogue Anna Paquin
Sabretooth Tyler Mane
Toad Ray Park
Mystique Rebecca Romjin-Stamos
Senator Kelly Bruce Davison

 

Review

The first installment in the X-Men series isn't as exciting and sterling as the two follow-ups, even if the characters and atmosphere show great potential. The introduction of the realm, the school and the predicament is done in a very conventional manner for this genre, hence removing a lot of the potential for tension and surprise elements. Compared to his work in the brilliant X2, Bryan Singer's work here is disappointingly pale. And he gets only minimum help from a useful, but improvident screenplay from David Hayter. The secondary characters are a little bit all over the map, the action set-pieces somewhat overdone, and the narrative presentation a little too dichotomic. Despite all this, X-Men has enough promise, intelligence and interesting aspects to be well worth a view. Jackman/Paquin and Stewart/McKellen play well off of each other in the leads.

 

Copyright 19.10.2009 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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