Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his team of genetically gifted superheroes face a rising tide of anti-mutant sentiment led by Col. William Stryker (Brian Cox) in this sequel to the Marvel Comics-based blockbuster X-Men. Storm (Halle Berry), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) must join their usual nemeses Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) to unhinge Stryker's scheme to exterminate all mutants.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

I'm a fan just like the filmmakers, and so I feel the same desire to include as many characters and subplots as possible. But even at 150 minutes, the film feels like it's rushing to get to every scene, and most of the main characters have only five or six lines each. The film does provide great entertainment, though, especially in Nightcrawler and Wolverine's big fight scenes, and the visual effects and makeup are top-notch. I'm bothered by one character's heroism at the end, however. It's plot contrivance. X3 needs no such excuse to exist.

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