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Friday, April 18 12:00 AM EST

Trailer Review: X-Men 2

By Brian Briggs


Starring Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Director Bryan Singer
Official Site Link
US Opening May 2, 2003
Rated PG-13
Genre Sci-Fi, Adventure
Trailer Clichés Quick-cut title-splash.
Explosions 4
Weapons Prejudice, knuckle-knives, helicopters, firebeam, lightning, magnetic control, icebeam, feet, finger-knives, tornados,Blue Boobs of Mystery, fighter jets, assault rifles
Voiceover No
"In a world where..." "I would never let anything happen to you."
Spoilage Factor 20%
Geek Factor 95% (comic book characters, ostracism, science vs. fear, Mystique)
See Trailer? Yes
See Movie? Yes

X-Men, the first installment of this series, pitted two factions of mutants against each other. One group wanted to find peace between human and mutants. The second group thought that war between humans and mutants was inevitable, and decided to strike first. In the X-Men 2 trailer we learn that the second group was correct.

In a twist from most action movies, we're actually rooting against humanity. This, of course, is the crux of their appeal to geeks. They are superheroes that are shunned by society, not embraced like Superman. These mutants could do a lot for the society, if only the world could understand them. I understand the sentiment, but I'm not sure I'd send my kid to a school with Wolverine.

Flashback to Wolverine in elementary school.

Teacher: "Logan it's time to wake up from your nap."

Wolverine: "AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!"

Wolverine decapitates teacher.

Teacher: *gurgle*

Many new characters appear in this trailer. This trailer spends a lot of time introducing many of the new characters, so those not well-versed in X-Men lore can get a bit of a headstart before they get to the movie.

In addition to providing a good introduction to the characters, the trailer also gives a good outline of the plot. Some shadowy government agency gets authorization from the President to go after the mutant's school, and the war between human and mutant begins.

Wolverine shows the humans that there's really nothing to fear from the mutants.

There's a funny scene at the beginning where Anna Paquin (looking eerily like Holly Hunter) and her boyfriend, Iceman, visit his parents. His mother asks, "Have you tried not being a mutant." I hope the next scene has Iceman shooting a blast of frost at her head and it explodes. See, rooting against humans is easy.

The rest of the trailer is just lots of action sequence with the mutants using their various talents to blow stuff up.

Supposedly, the two rival groups of mutants are united against a common foe, but Wolverine (who's much more powerful than Buckeye) has to fight another mutant, Deathstrike, who'd be as dangerous to give a manicure to as Wolvie. This makes the whole "Mutated We Stand" issue a little more ambiguous.

Conclusion on Trailer: Good job introducing the myriad characters that inhabit the mutant universe. Good sense of what it will be about without giving too much away.

Conclusion on Movie: Halle Berry, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Patrick Stewart and Wolverine. How could you not see this movie?

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