X2

Professor Charles Xavier and his team of genetically gifted superheroes face a rising tide of anti-mutant sentiment led by Col. William Stryker. Storm, Wolverine and Jean Grey must join their usual nemeses—Magneto and Mystique—to unhinge Stryker’s scheme to exterminate all mutants.
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Film Cast:

  • Charles Xavier / Professor X: Patrick Stewart
  • Logan / Wolverine: Hugh Jackman
  • Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto: Ian McKellen
  • Anna Marie / Rogue: Anna Paquin
  • Ororo Munroe / Storm: Halle Berry
  • Jean Grey / Pheonix: Famke Janssen
  • Scott Summers / Cyclops: James Marsden
  • Raven Darkholme / Mystique / Grace: Rebecca Romijn
  • William Stryker: Brian Cox
  • Senator Kelly: Bruce Davison
  • Bobby Drake / Ice Man: Shawn Ashmore
  • Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler: Alan Cumming
  • John Allerdyce / Pyro: Aaron Stanford
  • Yuriko Oyama / Lady Deathstrike: Kelly Hu
  • Katherine “Kitty” Pryde / Shadowcat: Katie Stuart
  • Mitchell Laurio: Ty Olsson
  • Piotr Rasputin / Colossus: Daniel Cudmore
  • Ronny Drake: James Kirk
  • Madeline Drake: Jill Teed
  • William Drake: Alf Humphreys
  • Jubilation Lee / Jubilee: Kea Wong
  • President McKenna: Cotter Smith
  • White House Tour Guide: Chiara Zanni
  • President’s Secretary: Jackie A. Greenbank
  • White House Checkpoint Agent: Michael Soltis
  • White House Agent (Lead Agent): Michael David Simms
  • Oval Office Agent Fabrizio: David Fabrizio
  • Oval Office Agent Cartwright: Roger Cross
  • Special Ops Agent: Richard Bradshaw
  • Artie: Bryce Hodgson
  • Museum Teenager #1: Glen Curtis
  • Museum Teenager #2: Greg Rikaart
  • Theresa Rourke / Siryn: Shauna Kain
  • Federal Bldg. Cleaning Twin #1: Alfonso Quijada
  • Federal Bldg. Cleaning Twin #2: Rene Quijada
  • Stryker at age 40: Brad Loree
  • Augmentation Room Doctor: Sheri G. Feldman
  • Jones: Connor Widdows
  • Stryker Soldier Lyman: Peter Wingfield
  • Dr. Shaw: Charles Siegel
  • Dr. Hank McCoy: Steve Bacic
  • Jason 143: Michael Reid MacKay
  • Plastic Prison Guard: Michasha Armstrong
  • Cop: Robert Hayley
  • Cop #1 (Lead Cop): Mark Lukyn
  • Cop #2: Kendall Cross
  • Little Girl 143: Keely Purvis
  • Stryker Soldier Wilkins: Dylan Kussman
  • Stryker Soldier Smith: Jason S. Whitmer
  • Stryker Soldier: Aaron Pearl
  • Stryker Soldier: Aaron Douglas
  • Stryker Soldier: Colin Lawrence
  • Stryker Soldier: Richard C. Burton
  • Stryker Soldier: Michael Joycelyn
  • X-Kid (captured): Nolan Gerard Funk
  • X-Kid (captured): Devin Douglas Drewitz
  • X-Kid (captured): Jermaine Lopez
  • X-Kid (captured): Sideah Alladice
  • Chief of Staff Abrahams: Kurt Max Runte
  • Cameraman: Benjamin Glenday
  • F-16 Fighter Pilot: Lori Stewart
  • News Reporter: Ted Friend
  • News Reporter: Mi-Jung Lee
  • News Reporter: Marrett Green
  • News Reporter: Jill Krop
  • News Reporter: Brian Peck
  • Douglas Ramsey / Cypher: Layke Anderson
  • Surgeon: Michael Dougherty
  • Surgeon: Dan Harris
  • Prison Security Officer (uncredited): Bryan Singer

Film Crew:

  • Producer: Ralph Winter
  • Casting: Roger Mussenden
  • Producer: Lauren Shuler Donner
  • Executive Producer: Stan Lee
  • Executive Producer: Avi Arad
  • Co-Producer: Kevin Feige
  • Story: Bryan Singer
  • Music: John Ottman
  • Director of Photography: Newton Thomas Sigel
  • Costume Design: Louise Mingenbach
  • Line Producer: Selwyn Roberts
  • First Assistant Editor: Dov Samuel
  • Color Timer: Jim Passon
  • Screenplay: Michael Dougherty
  • Story: Zak Penn
  • Executive Producer: Tom DeSanto
  • Art Direction: Helen Jarvis
  • Set Decoration: Elizabeth Wilcox
  • Supervising Art Director: Geoff Hubbard
  • Co-Editor: Elliot Graham
  • Boom Operator: Jon Lavender
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Paul Massey
  • Stunts: James Bamford
  • Story: David Hayter
  • Assistant Art Director: Brentan Harron
  • Screenplay: Dan Harris
  • Co-Producer: Ross T. Fanger
  • Choreographer: Terry Notary
  • Color Timer: Chris Regan
  • “B” Camera Operator: Tim Merkel
  • Stunts: J.J. Makaro
  • Production Supervisor: Jason McGatlin
  • Still Photographer: Kerry Hayes
  • Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Doug Hemphill
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Michael Herbick
  • Dialogue Editor: Susan Dawes
  • Music Editor: Amanda Goodpaster
  • Script Supervisor: Christine Wilson
  • Still Photographer: Doane Gregory
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Ray McIntyre Jr.
  • Supervising Sound Editor: John A. Larsen
  • Dialogue Editor: Jim Brookshire
  • First Assistant “B” Camera: Sean M. Harding
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Michael L. Fink
  • ADR Editor: Laura Graham
  • ADR Supervisor: Donald Sylvester
  • Animation: Angie Jones
  • Animation: Andy Asperin
  • First Assistant Director: Lee Cleary
  • Associate Producer: David Gorder
  • Art Department Coordinator: Aimee Rousey
  • Art Department Coordinator: Franziska Keller
  • Unit Production Manager: Stewart Bethune
  • Foley Supervisor: John Morris
  • First Assistant “A” Camera: Jimmy E. Jensen
  • Sound Mixer: Rob Young
  • Video Assist Operator: Jeffrey Cassidy
  • Armorer: Rob Fournier
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist: Gordon J. Smith
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Cathy Crandall
  • Key Grip: Steve Smith
  • Assistant Set Decoration: Ron Sowden
  • Art Department Assistant: Melanie Cassidy
  • Negative Cutter: Gary Burritt
  • Third Assistant Director: Silver Butler
  • Line Producer: John H. Radulovic
  • Storyboard Designer: Rick Newsome
  • Costume Coordinator: Janice Swayze
  • Cableman: Andy Bishop
  • Assistant Property Master: Jason B. Landels
  • Property Master: Jimmy Chow
  • Assistant Property Master: Catherine Leighton
  • Assistant Art Director: Barbara Wilson
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Gerrod Shully
  • Second Assistant Director: David Arnold
  • Assistant Set Decoration: Ignacio McBurney

Movie Reviews:

  • tmdb44006625: X2: X-Men United is an improvement over its predecessor in just about every way. Better story, better effects, better action, and more interesting mutants. It’s the best of the original X-Men films and a high point for early 2000s comic book moviemaking. Worth watching for the Wolverine vs Lady Deathstrike fight alone.
  • Kamurai: Good watch, might watch again, and can recommend.

    Again, horrible “comic book movie”, good stand alone movie.

    Wolverine was the most interesting thing about the last movie, and this is a surprising instance of a studio realizing audience feedback and basically just made the first Wolverine origin movie, because that’s what this is.

    Comic continuity aside, and Wolverine aside, the war of the Brotherhood of Mutants is fairly compelling angle to take, and it is refreshing they did it from the human’s side, but if you look at it closer, then we’re just looking at another race war. It sort of takes the fuel out of the fire when you realize how “real” your super power problem story is.

    While this has a slightly better premise, and good plot skeleton, there is a lot of “(mostly Wolverine does) something cool here” stuff, but there are at least 2 large exceptions with multiple mutants working together that end up being a “lot of cool stuff”, but also add some significance to the story and heavily progress the plot.

    I’d honestly recommend anyone watch this over the original.

  • r96sk: Strong sequel.

    I didn’t quite enjoy ‘X2’ as much as ‘X-Men’, though not by much in truth. This follow-up film is still something I’d class as entertaining. Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) again impresses, though those behind him are – though all good – a little meh in my opinion; especially newcomer Brian Cox (Stryker), who underwhelmed me.

    All in all, it’s a film that is totally worth watching and is a sequel that is worth its salt.

    /copied directly from my Letterboxd review

  • CinemaSerf: I think this is better than the first film though I still find Patrick Stewart’s “Picard”-in-a-chair character really irritating. Anyway, this time we have a good baddie in Scotsman Brian Cox (“Stryker”). He is a determined military man who manages to get the US President to give him carte blanche to take on and eliminate the mutants after a failed attempt to assassinate him in the White House. “Magneto” (Ian McKellen), meantime, is still locked up in his plastic prison but his shape-shifting blue protegé “Mystique” (Rebecca Romijn) concocts a cunning pan to free him; and just in time too! “Stryker” has discovered the existence of “Cerebro” and determined to control it, attacks the “Xavier” school neutralising many of the students and leaving only “Logan” (Hugh Jackman),” Scott” (James Marsden) and “Rogue” (Anna Paquin) to lead what’s left of their team to extricate the now captured professor. Needs must, as they say, and an unlikely alliance forms with “Magneto”, but will it hold and as we build to quite an exciting denouement, we realise that there is still plenty of scheming and plotting going on. Cox is not really a very versatile actor, but here he provides a solid fulcrum for a story that has plenty of action. There is much less emphasis on the moralising, hormonal, frat-style storyline of the 2000 version; the characters are older and better developed and can control, therefore use, their powers to more dramatic effect for those watching. The story is still a bit thinly predictable, but the visual effects team pull out all the stops keeping this 2¼ marathon moving along surprisingly effortlessly. I’m now very much in team “Magneto” – bring on X3!
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