Director: Brett Ratner
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian
McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Rebecca
Romijn, James Marsden, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Daniel
Cudmore, Kelsey Grammer, Vinnie Jones, Ben Foster
RunTime: 1 hr 44 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Day: 25 May 2006
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, the final chapter in the “X-Men”
motion picture trilogy, a “cure” for mutancy threatens
to alter the course of history. For the first time, mutants
have a choice: retain their uniqueness, though it isolates
and alienates them, or give up their powers and become human.
The opposing viewpoints of mutant leaders Charles Xavier,
who preaches tolerance, and Magneto, who believes in the survival
of the fittest, are put to the ultimate test – triggering
the war to end all wars.
the framework of an epic, action-packed story, X-MEN: THE
LAST STAND raises issues with strong contemporary relevance:
Is conformity an antidote to prejudice? Is it cowardice to
give up individuality to fit in and avoid persecution? Do
ends justify means? Is great power a blessing or a curse?
This being the third and probably, final installment to the
X-Men trilogy, it is time for the brotherhood of mutants to
stand up and be counted for. The Last Stand faces a dilemma
in satisfying the legions of fans that have spanned generations
since the inception of the comic series. Much more is at stake
this outing compared to its predecessors.
best thing about the X-Men films have always been the different
characters who get the golden opportunity to make celluloid
history. The Last Stand boasts the biggest line-up of mutants
to date, a list which includes new inceptions like Beast,
Angel and Juggernaut alongside returning characters like Wolverine,
Magneto, Iceman and the returning Jean Grey.
up from where the previous film left off, the Dark Phoenix
saga is placed at the forefront of this film. The resurrection
of Jean Grey poses a major threat to the mutants. This happens
amidst an America that has discovered a “cure”
that could make the mutants more human. As a result, when
issues like morality, humanity and isolation come into play,
each mutant is forced to take a stand, to combat the cure
or to forever remain mutant.
film opens twenty years in the past and we see a younger Professor
X and Magneto, when they were still friends, visiting a young
Jean Grey’s home. The witty repartee between both men
as they face Jean Grey quickly reminds one how the two shared
the strongest of friendships and yet despite their current
differences, were still able to maintain much respect for
each other. And as we are introduced to the young Jean Grey,
we will realize the potential the child possesses.
setting is then forwarded to ten years in the past and we
are introduced to a young boy attempting to peel and slice
something from his back. We soon learn that the young boy
is attempting to rid of new found wings which had just sprouted
from his back. Both scenes start off the film aptly, hinting
to us the sign of things to come in the film.
while the film starts off on the right note, the same cannot
be said for its later parts. As the film progresses and the
rest of the characters introduced, the film has moments which
are marred by particularly bad acting, extremely amateurish
wireworks and a lack of characterization. The bad acting comes
from the extras like the President, his cabinet and soldiers
and the wireworks appear more like an ode to old period films.
However, for such an epic scale for an X-Men film, the characters
are two-dimensional. Most of what you see of Angel is already
shown in the trailers and the likes of Juggernaut and Colossus
are unfortunately, underused.
the film has a number of jaw-dropping scenes, one of which
involves the Golden Gate Bridge. However, it is the one scene
when Jean Grey is revisited at her home that will justify
the price of your ticket and also the best scene you can’t
find in the other summer blockbusters, with its guaranteed
serving of suspense, action, disbelief and tragedy that is
bound to draw your tears.
pharmaceutical company declares that it has discovered a “cure”
that is able to rid mutants of their “illness”
provides the crux of the film. This leads them to drawing
mutants to come forth voluntarily to cure themselves and in
turn, angering Magneto and the Brotherhood. When Magneto discovers
that the Government has allowed the sanction of the “cure”
to be used in guns, he rounds up an army of mutants and sets
forth to destroy the makers of the cure.
this happens, Professor X’s students and leaders are
forced to make a choice in following Magneto in his quest
or to tolerate and practice diplomacy instead. The result
is a finale that is not only packed with tons of action but
also one that is driven by issues of betrayal and solidarity.
the entire furor surrounding Brett Ratner’s appointment
as Bryan Singer’s eventual replacement, the former has
done a commendable job with The Last Stand. Sure, there are
anti-climatic scenes which may frustrate fans around the world
but the end result is one that is satisfactory. However, as
The Last Stand is a culmination of a trilogy, it therefore,
aspires to be epic. While the physicality of the film may
feel epic, emotionally, it lacks the punch that would make
it larger than life, which sadly is its ultimate flaw.
(Despite its shortcomings, X-Men The Last Stand is the only
film you should catch this summer if you can only afford ONE
by Mohamad Shaifulbahri
fans of the series, there are countless Easter Eggs to pick
out from the creator of the comics, Stan Lee to the different
unnamed characters and even hints of a character’s evolution.
And oh, there is a scene after the credits have rolled, that
hints at a probable sequel, enough to tingle and stir your