X2 (movie)

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Directed byBryan Singer
Written byComic Books:
Stan Lee
Jack Rigby
Zak Penn
David Hayter
Bryan Singer
Michael Dougherty
David Hayter
Bryan Singer
Produced byLauren Shuler Donner
Ralph Winter
StarringPatrick Stewart
Hugh Jackman
Ian McKellen
Halle Berry
Famke Janssen
James Marsden
Rebecca Romijin
Brian Cox
Alan Cumming
Bruce Davidson
Anna Paquin
CinematographyNewton Thomas Sigel
Edited byJohn Ottman
Elliot Graham
Music byJohn Ottman
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
May 2, 2003
Running time
133 min.
CountryUnited States
Budget$110-125 million

X2 (known as X-Men 2: X-Men United in advertising) is a 2003 superhero movie. It was directed by Bryan Singer. It is a sequel to X-Men (2000) movie and was followed by X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).

Plot[change | change source]

The movie opens with a mutant named Nightcrawler. He is at the White House and attempts to kill the president. At the last moment, a security guard shoots Nightcrawler, forcing him to run away. Meanwhile, Wolverine reaches a location called Alkali Lake, and does not find anything. He returns to Charles Xavier's school for gifted students.

William Stryker, who hates mutants, uses this attack. He talks to the President, who then allows him to raid Charles Xavier's school for gifted mutants. Before he does this, he visits Magneto. Magneto was the bad guy in the first movie and now is in jail. Stryker uses a fluid to make him talk about the school.

Xavier attempts to find Nightcrawler. He uses a machine called Cerebo, which makes his power stronger and allows him to connect to every person's mind. He gives Jean Grey and Storm the last location where he could see Nightcrawler. They leave in the Blackbird. Then, he and Cyclops go to the prison to pay a visit to Magneto.

Stryker raids the mansion. A mutant named Siryn, whose power is a very loud scream, alerts everyone. A series of passageways and escape tunnels allow all but six of the mutants to escape. Wolverine, who has returned, takes Rogue, Iceman, and Pyro with him into a car. They drive to Boston. Meanwhile, Storm and Jean have located Nightcrawler and have him on their ship. Stryker also takes Cerebro with them. At the prison, Stryker has captured Xavier and Cyclops.

At Alkali Lake, Stryker reveals his plan. He has rebuilt Cerebro. He uses his son Jason, a mutant, to create a fantasy world for Xavier. In Xavier's mind, he sees a little girl who thinks that everyone is gone. Xavier goes to his Cerebro, locates everyone, and then starts to focus, which will kill all mutants.

In Boston, Wolverine and his friends go to Iceman's house, where Iceman reveals that he is a mutant. Iceman's brother does not like this and calls the cops. One cop shoots Wolverine in the head. Pyro uses his power – he can control fire – and pushes the police away. Wolverine, whose power is to heal very fast, wakes up. Jean and Storm come in and pick them up.

Mystique has found out where Magneto was staying. She seduces the security guard and injects him with iron. When the security guard comes in, Magneto senses the iron. Magneto can control all metal. Magneto rips it out of the guard and escapes.

The United States Air Force sends two jets to intercept the Blackbird, the plane where all the X-Men are on. Storm, whose power is to control the weather, whips up a tornado that sends both pilots down, but one manages to fire two missiles. Jean Grey, whose power is psychic, manages to destroy one, but the other one hits the jet. They start to go down. Magneto is in the area and saves them.

The X-Men and Magneto make some peace and come together to beat Stryker. The dam is built so that Stryker can flood the tunnel if someone comes in. 15 years ago, Wolverine volunteered for an experiment and was given claws and suffered a lot of pain. Stryker is very interested in Wolverine. So Mystique, whose power is to make herself look like other people, pretends to be Wolverine. She gets in and takes over the control room.

Cyclops appears and attacks Magneto, Mystique, and Jean Grey. Jean uses her psychic power to stop Cyclops, but Cyclops' beam power damages the dam very badly. Wolverine leaves to find Stryker. Stryker shows him Lady Deathstrike, who also has an adamantium skeleton and claws on the tips of her fingers. They fight. Wolverine pumps her full of adamantium and kills her. Storm and Nightcrawler find the six mutants and rescue them.

All mutants suddenly go into pain when Xavier starts focusing. Magneto forces himself into Cerebro and stops it. He then tells Mystique to transform into Stryker and change the rules so that Xavier will kill all the humans instead. The X-Men find out what is happening. Storm and Nightcrawler teleport in there. Storm creates a storm that breaks the spell, and Xavier returns to normal.

All of the X-Men escape the dam. Rogue and Iceman, who were in the Blackbird, land it in front of them. The plane is badly damaged. The dam explodes and a ton of water comes down. At the last second, Jean Grey rushes out of the ship, gets it into the air, and drowns when she can no longer hold back the water. Xavier and his crew go to the White House to inform the President of what has happened. Xavier tells the president that humans and mutants must work together or else they will destroy each other in war.

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Release Dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 Lithuania 25 April 2003
 Australia 30 April 2003
 Belgium 30 April 2003
 Bahrain 30 April 2003
  Switzerland 30 April 2003
 Spain 30 April 2003
 France 30 April 2003
 Hong Kong 30 April 2003
 Iceland 30 April 2003
 Italy 30 April 2003
 New Zealand 30 April 2003
 Philippines 30 April 2003
 Taiwan 30 April 2003
 Venezuela 30 April 2003
 Austria 1 May 2003
 Bolivia 1 May 2003
 Brazil 1 May 2003
 Chile 1 May 2003
 Colombia 1 May 2003
 Czech Republic 1 May 2003
 Germany 1 May 2003
 Ecuador 1 May 2003
 United Kingdom 1 May 2003
 Hungary 1 May 2003
Republic of Ireland Ireland 1 May 2003
 South Korea 1 May 2003
Mexico Mexico 1 May 2003
 Malaysia 1 May 2003
 Netherlands 1 May 2003
 Panama 1 May 2003
 Peru 1 May 2003
 Poland 1 May 2003
 Puerto Rico 1 May 2003
 Singapore 1 May 2003
 Slovenia 1 May 2003
 Uruguay 1 May 2003
 Argentina 2 May 2003
 Bulgaria 2 May 2003
 Canada 2 May 2003
 Denmark 2 May 2003
 Estonia 2 May 2003
 Finland 2 May 2003
 Greece 2 May 2003
 Jamaica 2 May 2003
 Latvia 2 May 2003
 Portugal 2 May 2003
 Romania 2 May 2003
 Sweden 2 May 2003
 Thailand 2 May 2003
 Turkey 2 May 2003
 United States 2 May 2003
 South Africa 2 May 2003
 Japan 3 May 2003
 Indonesia 7 May 2003
 Kazakhstan 8 May 2003
 Russia 8 May 2003
 India 9 May 2003
 Egypt 4 June 2003
 Israel 19 June 2003
 Kuwait 8 July 2003

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