X-Men (2000)

Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Tyler Mane, Ray Park, Rebecca Romijn, Bruce Davidson
Starring in 1940’s Poland we see how Erik Lensher first discovered he had power to control metal while his mother is dragged away in a war camp. Fast forward to the near future we meet Rogue (Anna Paquin) who goes to kiss her boyfriend only to put him into a coma.

Rogue goes on the run and end ups in a down in the gutter bar where there is cage fighting. One of the cage fighters is Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) who is unbeatable with his healing ability and his metal body frame. After being kicked out the bar Wolverine heads off for his next place to make money while Rogue sneaks a lift. After being discovered the two travel together only to be suddenly attacked by Sabretooth (Tyler Mane) but saved by Storm (Halle Berry) and Cyclops (James Marsden) and taken back to Professor Charles Xavier’s (Patrick Stewart) school for the gifted.

Senator Kelly (Bruce Davidson) is trying to pass a bill to make mutant registration compulsory. Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) one of Xavier students tries to appeal against this decisions but to little success. Magneto (Ian McKellen) also witnesses the outcome and sets out his plan.

Magneto gets his team of mutants Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) and Toad (Ray Park) to kidnap Senator Kelly and they turn him into a mutant. Magneto reveals his plan to turn all the worlds leaders into mutants and it is now up to Xavier X-Men to stop him can they over come their differences using the abilities to their advantage?

Being the first of the X-Men series this had little to live up to so turns out to be a good film. All the characters have different abilities which give the story what it needs to make every pieces of the puzzle come together. Each part is cast very well to suit who is playing the role with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as the wise elder characters who are preparing for a war that could change both their views on life.

If you are going to look at this film compared to the stories of the other X-men movies it starts as a building block for a successful franchise. While the prequel movies build on characters who start in this movie like Sabretooth who is a main character in X-Men Wolverine being Wolverine brother and rival in. Mystique starting as a friend of Charles Xavier in X-men first Class. The movies hints at an old friendship between Xavier and Magneto which get show more in X-Men First Class.

As a movie on its own i will give this a strong mark of 77%

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