Monday, 12 May 2014

X-Men: The Last Stand Review (Updated)

X-Men: The Last Stand

Release Date: 25th May 2006 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Marvel Entertainment
The Donners' Company

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 110 minutes

Budget: $210,000,000

Box Office Gross: $459,359,555

Plot Summary
It has been several months 
since The X-Men stopped 
William Stryker, but that 
victory came at a price, 
they have lost Jean Grey 
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 Grey 
sacrificed herself. Then, 
Jean Grey appeared right 
in front of him. Though, 
it seemed that after that, 
Scott had disappeared. 

Meanwhile, 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 
organise an army of mutants 
and wage his war against 
the humans. Then, it became 
clear that Jean Grey evolved 
into the Phoenix, her new 
mutant powers are so strong 
that she can not control 
her own body.

Hugh Jackman - Logan/
Patrick Stewart - Charles 
Xavier/Professor X
James Marsden - Scott 
Famke Janssen - Dr. Jean 
Halle Berry - Ororo Munroe/
Ian McKellen - Erik Lehnsherr/
Anna Paquin - Marie/Rogue
Rebecca Romjin-Stamos - 
Shawn Ashmore - Bobby
Ellen Page - Kitty Pryde/
Kelsey Grammer - Dr. Hank
Vinnie Jones - Juggernaut
Ben Foster - Warren 
Worthington III/Angel
Aaron Stanford - John

Michael Murphy - Warren Worthington II
Dania Ramirez - Callisto
Shohreh Aghdashloo - Dr. Kavita Rao
Josef Summer - President of the United States
Bill Duk - Secretary Trask
Cayden Boyd - Young Warren Worthington III
Haley Ramm - Young Jean Grey
Daniel Cudmore - Peter 
Eric Dane - James Madrox/
Multiple Man
Melling Melancon - Psylocke
Omahyra Mota - Arclight
Ken Leung - Kid Omega
Cameron Bright - Jimmy/Leech
Via Saleaumua - Phat
Richard Yee - Little Phat
Kea Wong - Jubilee
Shauna Kain - Siryn
Lance Gibson - Spike
Bryce Hodgson - Artie (Uncredited)
Olivia Williams - Moira MacTaggert (Uncredited)

Director - Brett Ratner
Executive Producer/Based on "X Men" Comics - Stan Lee Based on "X-Men" Comics -
Jack Kirby
Screenplay - Simon Kinberg
and Zak Penn
Producers - Lauren Shuler
Donner and Ralph Winter
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager - Ross Fanger
Co-Producer - Kurt Williams
Co-Producers/First Assistant Directors - Lee Clearly and James M. Freitag
Production Designer - Ed Verreaux
Costume Designer - Judianna
Co-Costume Designer - Lisa Tomczeszyn
Director of Photography - Dante Spinoti
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator -
Simon Crane
Stunt Coordinators - Wade Eastwood and
Mike Mitchell
Special Effects Coordinator/Director/Supervisor -
Mike Vezina
Visual Effects Supervisor - John Bruno
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital -
Joe Letteri
Film Editors - Mark Goldblatt, Mark Helfrich
and Julia Wong
Music - John Powell

The man Bryan Singer bravely proven in his grand design of the first two X-MEN movies can hangs up his hat in THE LAST STAND to an unworthy change of direction by Brett Ratner. Now in a way, THE LAST STAND is not so good and he didn't follow Bryan's character-building and style. It wasn't the best of the series; it leaves viewers disappointed when this movie is unfavourably compared to the first two hits. The plot is deliberately rushed which reflects badly on merging few of the story concepts. Some of the new mutants are not getting enough attention, due to the reliance on the fighting action and a slice of comedy. Also a few characters were reduced to a minor and their fates sealed too early like Cyclops and Mystique. 

This explained its actors were too busy in other countless movie roles outside of the X-MEN saga. Most notable in fact, James Marsden who went to star in a supporting role on SUPERMAN RETURNS (click here). A movie outside of Marvel adapted from the DC comics and directed by the old boy-wonder of X-MEN. All hope to my liking of the third is gone, but being such a fan I remained optimistic about the next instalment. Kelsey Grammer respectfully plays Beast and therefore he's identical to this character. Another one of the new choices, Ellen Page receives the part of the ghosting mutant Shadowcat. 

Personally, I blame the deficits of this movie to Ratner's poor direction, this film would have been better if it has a richer and cohesive plot. There is also more character depth and sub-plots that need to be aligned with the plot. The team of FOX studios can't do it without Bryan Singer as the head in charge of the trilogy. 

I propose to all of you hardcore fans to ignore the third movie as you not watch it and still wait for DAYS OF FUTURE PAST to end its countdown. Just keep waiting for the prequel X-MEN: FIRST CLASS which I planned to review. 

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

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