X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) – 7/10 superhero fantasy action movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Brett Ratner
Writer: Simon Kinberg
Writer: Zak Penn
Producer: Lauren Shuler-Donner
Producer: Ralph Winter
Producer: Avi Arad
Hugh Jackman: Logan / Wolverine
Halle Berry: Ororo Munroe / Storm
Ian McKellen: Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto
Famke Janssen: Jean Grey / Phoenix
Anna Paquin: Marie / Rogue
Kelsey Grammer: Dr. Henry “Hank” McCoy / Beast
James Marsden: Cyclops
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos: Raven Darkholme / Mystique
Shawn Ashmore: Bobby Drake / Iceman
Aaron Stanford: John Allerdyce / Pyro
Vinnie Jones: Cain Marko / Juggernaut
Patrick Stewart: Professor Charles Xavier

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

The mutant community is split when a company announces that it has developed a cure for the mutant gene. Some are shocked that their condition should be treated as a disease, some are relieved that a normal life may now be possible. Magneto, predictably, sees this as an attempt by humankind to eradicate mutants and, you know, he might be right.


As with Hannibal Lecter series entry Red Dragon, Brett Ratner delivers a surprisingly good movie against all expectation. It’s excellent for a long time and builds to very great scene about half-way through which generates enough goodwill and momentum to take us through the slightly messy second-half. There’s a lot here to like and while critics correctly sniffed that it wasn’t as good as Bryan Singer’s X-Men 2, not much is and it’s better than the first X-Men and Singer’s own 2006 superhero movie Superman Returns. Ratner’s reward was a huge opening weekend, a profit-making movie and snide remarks ever since.

This movie contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and strong fantasy violence, gory and unpleasant scenes and sexuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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