X2:X-Men United

Logan/Wolverine: Hugh Jackman
Eric/Magneto: Ian McKellen
Storm: Halle Berry
Dr. Jean Grey: Famke Janssen
Scott/Cyclops: James Marsden
Mystique: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
Charles Xavier: Patrick Stewart
Kurt /Nightcrawler: Alan Cumming
Bobby/Iceman: Shawn Ashmore
John /Pyro: Aaron Stanford
Rogue: Anna Paquin
Gen. William Stryker: Brian Cox
Deathstrike: Kelly Hu

Twentieth Century Fox presents a film directed by Bryan Singer. Written by Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Based on a story by David Hayter, Zak Penn and Singer, and comic book characters created by Stan Lee. Running time: 124 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for sci-fi action/violence, some sexuality and brief language).

Central Theme
We fear those who are different, but we would be better off to learn to get along with each other by understanding and accepting our differences.

They are the next link in the evolutionary chain. Each was born with a unique genetic mutation, which manifested itself in extraordinary powers. In a world increasingly filled with hatred and prejudice, they are outcasts who are feared and loathed by those who cannot accept their differences. Yet despite society’s pervasive ignorance, the X-Men and thousands of mutants across the globe survive.

Under the tutelage of Professor Charles Xavier, the world’s most powerful telepath, these “gifted” students have learned to control and direct their respective powers for the greater good of mankind. They fight to protect a world that fears them.

In X2, the next adventure in the X-Men saga, the X-Men face their most dangerous mission ever, and must stand united with their enemies to combat a menace that threatens mankind ¢€œ and mutant kind .

X2 continues to deal with the themes of tolerance and fear of the unknown, which have been part of the X-Men universe since Stan Lee created the comics 40 years ago. “It’s still about misfits, prejudice, about being an outsider and not being understood,” notes Lauren Shuler Donner. Adds Bryan Singer, “The ¢â‚¬ËœX-Men’ films pose the questions that we all have: Am I alone in the world? Why am I so different, and how am I going to fit in? These questions are universal and timeless, particularly among adolescents. We’ve all felt at times like mutants.”

A new theme in X2 is “unity,” as the X-Men join forces with a most unlikely ally to combat a new and very human menace. As the story opens, mutants are continuing their struggle with a society that fears and distrusts them. Their cause becomes even more desperate following a shocking attack by an unknown assailant possessing extraordinary abilities. All signs point to the work of a mutant.

The assault renews the political and public outcry for a Mutant Registration Act. Leading the anti-mutant movement now is William Stryker, a wealthy former Army commander and scientist who is rumored to have experimented on mutants.

Stryker’s mutant “work” is somehow tied to Wolverine’s mysterious and forgotten past. As Wolverine searches for clues to his origin, Stryker puts into motion his anti-mutant program beginning with a full-scale military offensive on Xavier’s mansion and School for the Gifted. Magneto, newly escaped from the plastic prison he was incarcerated in at the end of “X-Men,” proposes a partnership with the X-Men to combat their common and formidable enemy, Stryker.

Re-“uniting” from “X-Men” are Patrick Stewart (Professor Xavier, the world’s most powerful telepath), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine, a solitary fighting machine who possesses amazing healing powers, retractable adamantium claws and an animal-like fury), Ian McKellen (Magneto, a powerful mutant who can control and manipulate metal), Halle Berry (Storm, who can manipulate weather), Famke Janssen (the telepathic and telekinetic Jean Grey), James Marsden (Cyclops, whose eyes release an energy beam that can rip holes through mountains), Anna Paquin (Rogue, possessing the ability to absorb the powers and memories of anyone she touches), Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Mystique, a metamorph who can shape shift into anyone) and Bruce Davison (Senator Kelly, the former leader of the anti-mutant movement).

X2 takes the central conflict in “X-Men,” Xavier’s belief in the possibility of peaceful co-existence between humans and mutants, versus Magneto’s doctrine of mutant supremacy, to the next level. In the new film, the threat comes not from a powerful mutant, but from a human. “One of the things I wanted to introduce into the story was a human element as the villain,” Singer explains. “That menace is a danger to all mutants and, subsequently, to mankind. The conflict is a bold reminder of the prevailing themes in the comic book lore; in this movie, one man’s fear of the unknown could lead to a level of intolerance of catastrophic proportions.”

The one man posing such a formidable threat to the X-Men is William Stryker, a character that ups the ante and makes the stakes higher than they ever were in the original “X-Men.” (20th Century Fox Production Notes).

This version of X-Men features a religious mutant, Nightcrawler, who finds comfort in a church and who bears markings on his body, one for each sin. He prays the Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm. Though the other mutants may not share his religious fervor, they are respectful, becuase after all, if there is one thing mutante have come to appreciate…it is tolerance for differences!

Beliefs num
–Our differences breed mistrust and fear.
–Eradication of or supremacy over the different seems appealing, but the best solution is understanding and coexistence.
–Most Human conflict grows out of fear.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–How prepared are humans to accept our differences: racially? Ethnically? Religiously? Economically? Gender?
–Why do we fear these differences?
–Have you ever overcome a fear of someone or somet5hing different?

Provocative Quotes byline
–You see Logan; we’re not as alone as we think.
==Professor X to Wolverine.
–Sometimes anger can help you survive.
–Have you tried…. not being a mutant?
==Bobby’s Mom.
–The next time you feel like showing off- Don’t.
==Professor X to Pyro.
–I can’t.
==Wolverine to cop who demands he put down his knives and out his hands in the air.
— Some people will never know anything beyond what they see.
–I used to think you were one of a kind Wolverine; I was wrong.
–You are a god among insects.
==Magneto to Pyro.
–Logan, my tolerance of you smoking within the mansion notwithstanding; continue smoking that in here, and you will spend the rest of your life believing you are a six-year-old girl.
==Professor X to Wolverine.
–Our Father, who art in heaven¢â‚¬¦.
== Nightcrawler prays.
–The Lord is my Shepard.
== Nightcrawler prays at death of Dr. Jean Grey.

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