X-Men: The Last Stand

May 26th, 2006

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X-Men: The Last Stand

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When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.8/10 (157,426 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: Brett Ratner

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry

It has been several months since The X-Men stopped William Stryker, but that victory came at a price, they have lost Jean Gray when she tried to save them from the collapsed reservoir. Scott Summers (Cyclops) is still grieving about her loss. One day, he came out to the place which is where Jean Gray sacrificed herself. Then, Jean Gray appeared right in front of him. Though, it seemed that after that, Scott had disappeared. Meanwhille, the rift between humans and mutants had finally reached the boiling point. When humans discovered what causes humans to mutate, they have found a cure for the mutation. The X-Men were appalled at this idea. It was not long at all until the news about the cure came to Magneto. He decides to organize an army of mutants and wage his war against the humans. Then, it became clear that Jean Gray evolved into the Pheonix, her new mutant powers are so strong that she can not control her own body...

Writers: Simon Kinberg, Zak Penn

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

Taglines: L'Ultime chapitre de la trilogie (The final chapter of the trilogy) [France]

Release Date: 26 May 2006

Filming Locations: British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $210,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $122,861,157 (USA) (28 May 2006)

Gross: $234,360,014 (USA) (24 September 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

CAMEO: R. Lee Ermey appears as the sergeant directing defensive preparations before the Brotherhood assaults Alcatraz. Ermey is noted for playing army officials to perfection.

Continuity: Rogue's streaks change from white to blond and back and forth in the 3 movies.

[first lines]
Eric Lensherr: I still don't know why *I'm* here. Couldn't you just make them say yes?
Prof. Charles Xavier: Yes, I could, but it's not my way. And I would expect you, of all people would understand my feelings about the misuse of power.
Eric Lensherr: Ah, "power corrupts" and all that. Yes, I know, Charles. When are you going to stop lecturing me?
Prof. Charles Xavier: When you start listening. And you're here because I need you.

User Review

How to ruin a trilogy.

Rating: 1/10


Last night I went to watch the German premiere of what I hoped would be the triumphant finale in the X-Men trilogy. I had purposefully ignored all early reviews and news about the film, I didn't even know that Bryan Singer had left the project - believe me, after ten minutes of the movie, I knew he had.

I won't bother to go into the story here, as in fact, there are almost five or six story lines from the comics collapsed into this movie, none of them working at all. It almost seems as if three different movies had been made and then just cut together. Jean Grey as Phoenix is so badly developed that it amounts to an insult to any fan of the comic book. During the final battle she just stands around in the background for -literally- twenty minutes until she decides to annihilate San Francisco, obviously for the sole purpose of creating a "cool" FX sequence. To see just how much the production team obviously disrespects the intelligence of the audience, watch how day turns to night from one shot to another after Magneto moves the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz. My jaw dropped at witnessing such a massive continuity error.

Brett Ratner obviously has no love or respect whatsoever for the comics or even the previous films, as is displayed by the following creative disasters that riddle this movie:

- Nightcrawler, who was a visually entrancing and emotionally interesting character in the last installment has mysteriously disappeared from the X-Men...

- Rattner introduces new Mutants left right and center without developing their character or even their motivation one bit - something Singer paid great attention to. The best example is the prison breakout, where Magneto frees Multiple Man and the Juggernaut, both of whom agree to join his cause without even knowing who he is or what his cause is.

- The costume design of the Juggernaut is indescribably ridiculous and makes every scene featuring him unintentionally funny. Think Hercules meets the Flintstones.

- Gone is the subtle, inventive dialog from parts 1 and 2. It is replaced by clichéd phrases that are delivered by a visibly unmotivated cast, Hugh Jackman being the best example, a mere shadow of himself. For every funny one-liner in this movie, there are at least ten that will make you wince.

- Cyclops is killed off like a character from a bad soap opera in the first ten minutes of the movie. It is inexcusable to remove such a vital character in such a disrespectful manner and I feel sorry for James Marsden for having to go out on a whimper like he did.

The list goes on and on.

This movie is the sudden demise of what Brian Singer turned into one of the great franchises and I can only imagine how he must feel at seeing what the producers are willing to do for a quick buck.

Anybody who liked the first two movies, likes the comic book, or has any respect for decent film-making - I ask you to save your ten bucks and not hand it to the makers of what is a failure of character and creativity in every respect.

Thanks for reading.

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