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Overall Rating
2.88

Awesome: 5.53%
Worth A Look30.41%
Average: 27.65%
Pretty Bad: 19.35%
Total Crap: 17.05%

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X-Men: The Last Stand
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by William Goss

"Generic Mutation"
3 stars

I suppose it could have been worse.

Iím still not quite sure how, but then again, I was under the impression that it was Brett Ratnerís job to find out. After taking over Bryan Singerís directorial reins for the X-Men series, Ratner (Rush Hour 1 & 2, After the Sunset) actually manages to crank out a middling contribution to the franchise with X-Men: The Last Stand, the watchable result of a genre film made by checklist that bothers to resemble its predecessors without daring to match their quality in terms of storytelling, a la Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Itís not a complete waste, yet while itís unreasonable to expect a product of likewise caliber to 2003ís X2: X-Men United, it is still very much a product in the end.

The main plot this time around concerns the development of a mutant cure, a prospect which both the benevolent Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and the belligerent Magneto (Ian McKellen) find to be disconcerting. Magneto takes the news as an opportunity to rally up mutants, including the recently resurrected and turbulently powerful Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), and encourage a preemptive strike on the pharmaceutical headquarters located on Alcatraz. Thatís the nutshell version, and although there isnít much more to it, save for a subplot between Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Rogue (Anna Paquin), there always seems to be a lot going on. Replacing Alan Cummingís teleporting Nightcrawler as the token blue guy is Kelsey Grammerís diplomatic Secretary of Mutant Affairs, Dr. Hank McCoy a.k.a. Beast, while Rebecca Romijn still sports the blue scales as shape-shifting Mystique. Cyclops (James Marsden) falls by the wayside, leaving Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Storm (Halle Berry) to primarily oppose Magneto and friends.

Ratner seems overwhelmed with compressing even more characters into an entry that runs a good half-hour shorter than its forerunner, and he doesnít direct the film so much as run a for-profit organization of characters and effects. The long-awaited Danger Room sequence feels underwhelming, as is the decision of Ratner and writers Simon Kinberg (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and Zak Penn (X2) to either kill off or incapacitate roughly one principal character each reel with rather diluted resonance. The occasional skirmishes are more compulsory than anything, hectic brawls to keep the narrative progressing until the climactic battle at Alcatraz. If you thought the prior allegories for discrimination and persecution were just a bit too subtle, thereís nothing quite like Magnetoís monologues and a mutant pride parade with a San Francisco backdrop to make it apparent. (Oh, and if someone can explain to me how darkness falls within the few minutes it takes for Magneto to manipulate the Golden Gate Bridge outside of sheer dramatic convenience, have at it.)

Fortunately, all of Magnetoís minions happen to be decked out in tattoos, piercings, and skimpy leather, so we know theyíre outright villains, while the good guys need no such designation. Magneto is primarily flanked by Jean, Callisto (Dania Ramirez), Pyro (Aaron Stanford), something that looks like Princeís stunt double, and Juggernaut (Vinnie Jones), a plowing behemoth whose fundamental lineage is dismissed entirely and whose dialogue first concerns urination and is capped off by, ahem, ďIím the Juggernaut, bitch!Ē That line is an example of the occasional populist touch that infiltrates the film and sticks out like a Hollywood touch that would plague a lesser film. However, that is all Ratner sets out to make, a typical summer superhero blockbuster, and although it is ultimately tolerable, considering that someone had demonstrated twice before how to make a greater film out of the material and the next step is about as painstakingly average as last yearís Fantastic Four only proves that X3 is the rushed production it was rumored to be and the lesser product it was resigned to become.

Stewart and McKellen remain the most consistent with their performances, going through the paces as only veterans such as themselves could. (By the way, whatever process was applied to make each actor appear twenty years younger in the prologue is remarkably effective.) Jackman appears to have grown slightly weary of his role, although he is more of a generic lead here than Wolverine himself. On the other end, Berry seems strived for attention after her apparent off-camera fits finally landed her an expanded role, and Marsden spoils his supporting status by going emo in his few scenes over the loss of Jean Grey. Speaking of which, Janssen contributes a solid effort with her Phoenix arc, even if it appeared to be undercut in its cinematic adaptation.

Grammer does relatively well by making his Beast a sympathetic and respectable character, even if not quite as much as Nightcrawler, and while Grammer is one of few members in the ensemble to properly acknowledge the nature of his role, Ellen Page (Hard Candy) seems to be the sole person who tries to surpass the mutant melodrama. As Kitty Pryde, who can walk through walls, she completes the disposable love triangle between herself, Ashmore, and Paquin, but still suggests a greater performing potential than perhaps this movie deserves. Romijn doesnít do any more posing than needed, and Jones makes the Juggernaut into more of a blockhead than a serious foe. Cameron Bright once again plays Ďthat creepy kidí as Leech, the source of the cure, and Ben Foster gets seriously shafted as the winged Angel, whose father created the cure to begin with. Several acclaimed actors fill out the bit parts, including Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog), Anthony Heald (The Silence of the Lambs, Ratnerís Red Dragon), Olivia Williams (Rushmore, The Sixth Sense), plus a voice cameo by R. Lee Ermey and the requisite appearance of Stan Lee.

The last scene, paired with a post-credits epilogue, further demonstrates how eager one studio can be to leave the door open if wallets follow suit. New characters are primed for sequels, while the surviving elders are prepared for spin-offs, but maybe it would be best to quit while theyíre merely adequate. Unless Singer makes an unlikely and merciful return, thereís no need to risk the bar being lowered for the sake of a buck, and although I wonít be the least bit surprised if it does happen, I can still hope for the good of mankind. A certain professor would have wanted it that way.

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User Comments

3/25/18 morris campbell good imho 4 stars
3/18/16 Charles Tatum Compelling characters make up for wavering film making 4 stars
9/02/14 Dude where x-men went downhill 2 stars
1/18/12 Marc DC I liked it better than the 1st two 4 stars
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5/21/09 Aaron Smith Just okay final chapter to X Trilogy. Good to see more Magneto, Colossus, Shadowcat 4 stars
4/30/09 matt criminally underrated 4 stars
3/21/09 visit tips 1 stars
3/09/09 JL Hunt Total disappointment. Destroyed the excellent work from X2 2 stars
1/05/09 living4christ OK, but < than 1st 2. Wish more chars were around for sequals 4 stars
12/01/08 the dork knight Too many goddamn characters. Still, not too terrible. 3 stars
11/24/08 Jason Get over it nerds. All I have to say is $459,256,008. Not bad for a horrible movie. 4 stars
11/23/08 MC And apparently Angel can fly from NY to Frisco just as fast as the X-Jet. 1 stars
11/23/08 Jin This is whaty happens when Jim Lee is not consulted: the story ruins the comic 2 stars
11/23/08 Remy Ramone David and the fanboys can get over that Dark Phoenix Saga took years and X3 2 hours. 4 stars
10/18/08 Pandapeep Awful, awful movie. No excuse. I am still upser I've ever wasted time watching this thing. 1 stars
8/18/08 jonathantstorm terrible film, just awfulll 1 stars
5/29/08 PAUL SHORTT DISPOSABLE ENTERTAINMENT THAT PASSES THE TIME 1 stars
9/25/07 Bitchflaps Worse than the first two, and I didn't even like the first two. Embarrassing. 2 stars
7/26/07 MaDmAN I agree with David Cornelius' review 100%. What a terrible way to end an great seriesli 2 stars
6/01/07 Likk Another pretty bad comic book film, will they ever stop making them? 2 stars
5/15/07 967 Poorly done. Where was Nightcrawler? 2 stars
4/28/07 s the reason that's why i have to watch x3 bec of shawn ashmore and ellen page.that's all... 3 stars
4/05/07 DL Poor 1 stars
3/23/07 David A bit dissapointing, but it is decent. 3 stars
3/21/07 man great movie 4 stars
2/14/07 The chode What a piece of smelly shit. 1 stars
2/13/07 johnnyfog ............What the fuck was that? 1 stars
12/23/06 Benjamin Butchered story, the horror of Hollywood. 2 stars
12/09/06 Indrid Cold As with the previous two, I was left vaguely disappointed. Many plot threads, but no depth. 3 stars
12/08/06 jill b absolutly my favorite movie of all times!!! loved it!!! 5 stars
11/18/06 Quigley just a special-effects showcase. bad sci-fi, bad plot, bad script...I missed Bryan Singer 2 stars
11/07/06 julian this movie was monkey balls no gambit,rogue,real sentinal fighting,bishop crap all the way 1 stars
10/29/06 Riley it was ok but i wish nightcrawler was in it 4 stars
10/21/06 comic book guy worst movie ever 1 stars
10/19/06 Henry X-Men 3 apesta, sin duda, la mejor de todas es X2 2 stars
10/17/06 David Worse than the other 2. 3 stars
10/12/06 Rich Pitoniak x-men 3 was very laughable i laughed the whole film, it sucked. 1 stars
10/11/06 jagnet I was very disappointed... good action but way off the real story behind x-men-1word Rogue 3 stars
10/04/06 Brett_Ratner_can_eat_a_bowl_of_d1cks Brett Ratner: the WORST DIRECTOR EVER! This guy made horse sh1t like Prison Break, Rush Hou 1 stars
10/02/06 Nick S. It got the job done, but the film feels rushed. Don't blame Ratner though. 4 stars
8/17/06 Pn. As with GOFATHER and Wacko Jacko nose jobs, should have stopped at two.. 3 stars
8/10/06 Dragon The Artist The "Phoenix" thing was a little dumb, but its good how they kept bringin' in mutants. 4 stars
8/06/06 Erik Van Sant Blasphemy on every level. All involved should be drawn and quartered. Sad end to series. 1 stars
7/30/06 Scotty It was ok as an action film, but I was very disappointed with how they treated the characte 3 stars
7/08/06 Necie This is a good film. X-Men means action for me!!! 5 stars
7/04/06 matt Some weak plot elements and less involving, otherwise great 4 stars
7/01/06 Gerry Irons Better than I expected- Lacks Brian Singers Polish- but delivers with action story-surprise 4 stars
6/25/06 P3NIS_CLEAVER its a comic book movie, lighten up! 4 stars
6/22/06 Mitch! Hey Doug, AC/DC and Aerosmith suck...and so does this movie. 2 stars
6/20/06 rob nero Phoenix was an entity that copied her, not a disorder! 3 stars
6/20/06 Jason Hyde It'd be better if they dropped the Phoenix stuff and focused on the cure stuff. 3 stars
6/18/06 alice Entertaining,for me the best one. 4 stars
6/18/06 MP Bartley Efficient closing chapter - but it does feel like a collection of deleted scenes from #2 3 stars
6/16/06 donald so sad to see the series turn to crap after such a promising second entry. 1 stars
6/14/06 burton miller good, but not as good as the first two 4 stars
6/13/06 raul valdez Jr good action, went by to fast none the less entertaining 4 stars
6/12/06 Diana it was okay, the action was good... 3 stars
6/11/06 Mase Still one of the best super hero franchises around, if obviously lacking in direction. 5 stars
6/10/06 ALDO if you enjoyed 1&2 its well worth viewing. Unexpected scenes made it enjoyable 4 stars
6/09/06 junaid well i think the biggest mistake is the killing of the main three characters 1 stars
6/08/06 Tyrone since when can you vaporize someone with telekenisis 1 stars
6/08/06 Lisa Jean Gray is definitely more exciting in this one!!! 4 stars
6/05/06 tim Cheap, corny, ridiculous, unemotional, anitclimatic. 1 stars
6/05/06 Illimantia A decent set-up, a superior sequel, and now a pile of dung! Sad... 1 stars
6/05/06 Alejandro Luna Even if you know nothing about this comic, you can identify it as a huge dissapointment 1 stars
6/04/06 ChumpyTheGreat Easily the worst of the three..a total mess. 1 stars
6/03/06 Con O'Brien Really enjoyed it - having seen the previous two. Particularly enjoyed sfx. 4 stars
6/03/06 Rowsdower A lot more flawed than the previous two, but it's still X-Men. Halle Berry, go home! 3 stars
6/03/06 Ricardo The best X-men film 5 stars
6/02/06 George Jung About as choppy as the first two - at least something happened in this one. 4 stars
6/02/06 Rocky Well...it was ALMOST a great trilogy... 1 stars
6/01/06 The Talking Elbow Seemed more concerned about making a buck, what a difference a director can make. 2 stars
6/01/06 Thoughtmachine Couln't have been worse if Van Damme played Wolverine. Sloppy and poorly constructed. 1 stars
6/01/06 MARVEL MADNESS This movie was absolutely without a doubt the worst movie i have ever seen in my life. 1 stars
6/01/06 Michelle & Ethan Absolutely disappointing and crappy! 1 stars
6/01/06 Koitus I actually thought that this was a good movie. Surprised at many of others' comments... 4 stars
6/01/06 panagiotis sucks and has no relation to the comic books, just a disappointment , THE DIRECTOR SUCKS 1 stars
5/31/06 malcolm about time they let Storm kick some ass, 1st X-movie is still the best of the series 3 stars
5/31/06 Obi Wan Jackman shines!! Easily best of 3, where was NightCrawler? 5 stars
5/31/06 sweetgrrl1972 *sigh* Why won't they pay for decent writers? Why?!! I'm so disappointed. 2 stars
5/31/06 Sean Brett Ratner ruined my Memorial Day Weekend. 1 stars
5/31/06 J-rd Iíve heard better dialogue between my three month old daughter and her stuffed bear. 3 stars
5/30/06 too-much-coffee mistress How does Halle Berry keep getting work? Oh yeah. Thanks, Oscar! 4 stars
5/30/06 Jeff The best of the three - most comic book like but still no Spiderman or Batman Begins! 4 stars
5/30/06 San Lamar coulda been better, but also coulda been worse 4 stars
5/30/06 sarrik76 As an action movie-good/As a comic book continuation- awful 3 stars
5/30/06 kandace I was okay 4 stars
5/29/06 Intelligent One Famke Janssen is hot but the rest of the movie sucks. 2 stars
5/29/06 Lord Jiggy Deeply, numbingly average. Worth a matinee, at best. Not worth a DVD. 2 stars
5/29/06 Cindy too many inacurate details for long time fans/readers 3 stars
5/29/06 Troy M. Grzych Not as good as 2 but really entertaining. It seems like they were trying to clean house. 4 stars
5/29/06 Elizabeth It was an absolute disaster. Ratner has no taste and no talent. 1 stars
5/29/06 bullit16 Not as good as the first two, but still a helluva ride 4 stars
5/29/06 Mr Bojangles The X-MEN series gets its RETURN OF THE JEDI... 2 stars
5/29/06 Ole Man Bourbon I just don't get this whole X-Men craze. All 3 sucked IMO. 2 stars
5/29/06 Adam Smith I was extremely let down. Mr. Ratner ruined the experience & a potentially great ending. 2 stars
5/28/06 Jim Why, Bryan, why did you leave us?! 3 stars
5/28/06 Anthony G IM THE JUGGERNAUT BITCH!!!!!!!!!! OWNED 5 stars
5/28/06 KB Oh what a letdown 2 stars
5/28/06 Nichole Great movie! 5 stars
5/28/06 Becky Berry annoying as always, most memorable moments were *not* emotional- meh at best. 3 stars
5/28/06 ad at least the actors are good 2 stars
5/27/06 Agent Sands Entertaining as a comic book adaptation typically gets. 4 stars
5/27/06 Stacy Too many "walking down hall and talking" scenes. It was all right. 3 stars
5/27/06 KingNeutron STAY FOR THE END CREDITS. Great summer movie, deals w/ some heavy issues. 4 stars
5/27/06 Dan Too short, too "punny" at the beginning, but otherwise a good movie. 4 stars
5/27/06 Pokejedservo Not as good as the first two... at first, though the finale more than made up for it. 5 stars
5/27/06 dredphul meh, wait for it on dvd unless you are a fan 3 stars
5/27/06 Eden Flawed, and not as good as the first 2. It all feels a little pointless 3 stars
5/27/06 BrianWilly Has several flaws, but generally awesome 5 stars
5/26/06 Sarah Im so dissapointed, I'm about to cry 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  26-May-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 03-Oct-2006

UK
  26-May-2006

Australia
  25-May-2006


Directed by
  Brett Ratner

Written by
  Simon Kinberg
  Zak Penn

Cast
  Hugh Jackman
  Halle Berry
  Ian McKellen
  Famke Janssen
  Anna Paquin
  Patrick Stewart



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