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X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

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Critic Consensus: X-Men: The Last Stand provides plenty of mutant action for fans of the franchise, even if it does so at the expense of its predecessors' deeper character moments.

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The explosive X-Men motion picture trilogy officially draws to a close with this release that finds Rush Hour director Brett Ratner stepping in for Bryan Singer to tell the tale of a newly discovered mutant "cure," and the polarizing effect it has on mutant/man relations. With the pressure on mutants to give up their powers and pledge alliance with the human race reaching a critical turning point, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) urges tolerance and understanding as his nemesis Magneto (Ian McKellen) gathers a powerful resistance in preparation for the ultimate war against humankind. Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, and James Marsden return to reprise the roles they played in the previous two X-Men films, with Kelsey Grammer and Vinnie Jones joining the cast as Beast and Juggernaut respectively. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Hugh Jackman
as Logan/Wolverine
Halle Berry
as Ororo Munroe/Storm
Ian McKellen
as Eric Lensherr/Magneto
Patrick Stewart
as Professor Charles Xavier
Famke Janssen
as Jean Grey
Anna Paquin
as Marie/Rogue
Kelsey Grammer
as Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast
Rebecca Romijn
as Raven Darkholme/Mystique
James Marsden
as Scott Summers/Cyclops
Shawn Ashmore
as Bobby Drake/Iceman
Aaron Stanford
as John Allerdyce/Pyro
Ellen Page
as Kitty Pryde
Vinnie Jones
as Cain Marko/Juggernaut
Ben Foster
as Warren Worthington III/Angel
Michael Murphy
as Warren Worthington II
Dania Ramirez
as Callisto
Josef Sommer
as The President
Shohreh Aghdashloo
as Dr. Kavita Rao
Bill Duke
as Bolivar Trask
Daniel Cudmore
as Peter Rasputin/Colossus
Eric Dane
as Multiple Man
Kea Wong
as Jubilation Lee/Jubilee
Haley Ramm
as Young Jean Grey
Cameron Bright
as Jimmy/Leech
Shauna Kain
as Theresa Rourke Cassidy/Siryn
Adrian Hough
as Mr. Grey
Cayden Boyd
as Young Angel
Julian Richings
as Mutant Theater Organizer
Benita Ha
as Worthington Technician
Omahyra
as Philippa Sontag/Arclight
Ken Leung
as Kid Omega
Aaron Pearl
as Team Leader
Ron James
as Truck Driver
Julian D. Christopher
as Prison Truck Guard
Anthony Heald
as FBI Mystique Interrogator
R. Lee Ermey
as Seargant
Makenzie Vega
as Prison Truck Little Girl
Donna Goodhand
as Rogue's Mother
Tanya Newbould
as Dr. McCoy's Assistant
Stan Lee
as Waterhose Man
Chris Claremont
as Lawnmower Man
Mei Melançon
as Elisabeth Braddock/Psylocke
Richard Yee
as Little Phat
Lloyd Adams
as Lizard Man
Ronald Blecker
as Commander
Zoltain Buday
as Mutant Cure No. 1
Mi Jung Lee
as Newscaster
Clayton Watmough
as Glob Herman
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Critic Reviews for X-Men: The Last Stand

All Critics (233) | Top Critics (49)

Sillier than the Singer versions, Ratner's movie is also -- for this less-than-reverent X-Men fan -- more satisfying.

July 7, 2010 | Full Review…
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X-Men: The Last Stand has shifted the shape of the franchise from pretty good, if uninspired, to terrifically entertaining.

June 22, 2006 | Full Review…

[I] found myself strangely moved by the sense of relationships, friendly and unfriendly, coming to an end in a dull return to normality in the world of humans and mutants.

June 7, 2006 | Full Review…

What a comedown, after the weirdly beautiful things Singer and his technicians did in the first two movies.

May 30, 2006

The Last Stand is a hugely ambitious picture, and it would have been far more successful if Ratner had scaled it down to focus more on the interaction between the characters.

May 26, 2006

[Director] Ratner makes a hash of the story and characters his predecessor brought to such complex, sympathetic life, delivering a pumped-up exercise in mayhem, carnage and blunt-force trauma.

May 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for X-Men: The Last Stand

In my review of Return of the Jedi, I spoke about the baggage that comes with threequels and their tendency to be the runts of their respective litters. Often the drop in quality - whether perceived or actual - stems from a lack of new ideas, or an abandonment of the principles and/ or personnel which made the series so successful. That being said, the same person being in charge is not in itself a guarantee of quality, as Spider-Man 3 and Evil Dead 3 firmly demonstrate. X-Men: The Last Stand has accrued a similar reputation in comic book circles in the 11 years since its release. Whenever this offering is mentioned, fans of the first two films tend to either start foaming at the mouth, disgusted by some deep betrayal, or sigh dejectedly and make some resigned comment about Hollywood. One could be forgiven, as a casual fan of X-Men, for assuming that this is the 2000s' equivalent of Batman and Robin. Rest assured, it's isn't - but it is very much the Batman Forever of the series, representing a huge climbdown from the heft and skill of old. A lot has been made about Bryan Singer's sudden departure from the series, with debate raging over how much of the resulting disappointment is his fault. Singer left the project in July 2004 to helm Superman Returns, at a time when only a partial treatment of the story existed. Singer had intended to focus the third film around Jean Grey's arc leading on from X2, culminating in Jean committing suicide but her spirit surviving as something akin to the Star Child from 2001: A Space Odyssey. When Singer jumped ship, he took with him X2 screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, leaving 20th Century Fox with little to work with. Over the ensurng six months, the project was offered to numerous directors who turned it down, including Joss Whedon (who was busy on his Wonder Woman project) and Alex Proyas, who refused on account of the bad experience he had endured on I, Robot. Matthew Vaughn, who had then just finished Layer Cake, signed on to direct in February 2005, but even with the release date being pushed back Vaughn felt he did not have the time he needed to make the film he wanted. Having had some say in the casting - including Kelsey Grammer and Vinnie Jones - he backed out before filming was set to begin in July, paving the way for Brett Ratner to come in. Whether or not you think that Singer was right to jump ship (Superman Returns being the indecisive stodge that it is), much of his influence remains in at least the first hour of this film, just as Tim Burton held some sway over Batman Forever. His fingerprints are all over the Jean Grey storyline, fleshing out the character and turning her into something truly dangerous. Her arc is very reminsicent of Amy Irving's character in The Fury (itself heavily X-Men-inflected), being as she is a young woman struggling to channel and contain enormously destructive powers that to a large extent she doesn't want. There's even a sequence where Jean disintegrates people with her power - although it's not as bloody as The Fury's 18-rated version. If all the good parts of X-Men: The Last Stand lie in whatever Singer managed to contribute before departing, all of the blame for the bad aspects can be laid firmly at Ratner's feet. The main problem lies in his sensibility - or, to be more precise, the complete lack of it. While Singer worked hard to build a compelling visual world to explore complex themes about racism, identity and alienation, all Ratner really wants to do to make knob gags and blow stuff up. Despite having been in the running to helm the first X-Men film, he displays no deep knowledge or love for the mythology, being too obsessed with spectacle and cheap humour to put in the hard yards which this kind of story needs. As a result of both Singer's influence and Ratner's laziness, the film ends up being deeply conflicted. The first hour has some of the substance of old, especially in the opening flashback and some of scenes involving discussions of the cure. But Ratner doesn't delve as deep as Singer did, introducing the concept and then leaving it as a mere McGuffin. The dialogue is more aggressively macho than before, and talky scenes are more readily broken up with needless editing. And then there is the needlessly yandere-ish love scene between Jean and Logan, which feels like someone copy-pasted the sauna scene from Goldeneye into their fan fiction. Building up their relationship is necessary for the pay-off, but this isn't an erotic thriller - you don't have to approach every conversation like it's a prelude to 12A rumpy-pumpy. As things roll on towards the inevitably explosive conclusion, many of the interesting character arcs which are either introduced or carried over from X2 are left unfinished. Grammar is a half-decent fit for Beast but is wasted in the role, and Rogue gets an especially tough break; while in X-Men she was arguably the central character, here all she does is go off, get the cure and then come back. While in the previous two films the action felt like an interlude to or progression from the character development, here everything serves the need for everything to blow up at the end. If X2 was said to have been modeled after Road to Perdition, then X-Men: The Last Stand's main point of comparison would be with Die Another Day. Aside from possessing a general contempt for the audience's intelligence, and a number of similar scenes (the training simulations, the X-Jet's 'stealth mode' standing in for the invisible car), they also feature really dodgy CGI in the places that it's least needed. It's not so bad when Logan is having his flesh ripped apart when Jean is in Dark Phoenix mode, but the sequence with the bridge is every bit as ropey as Pierce Brosnan windsurfing over the CGI wave. Building up to the big battle at the end would be fine if it actually had scale, context and above all meaning. But while Peter Jackson pulled it off spectacularly in both The Two Towers and The Return of the King, Ratner's battle is as aimless as a video game raid. Where Jackson's battles went through given motions, ebbing and flowing to build character and generate tension, the final act of this film is uninvolving, bland and often ridiculous. Vinnie Jones make the whole thing feel like a cut scene from Gone in 60 Seconds, and the actual ending involving Magneto at the chess board is both unashamed sequel bait and a huge anticlimax. In spite of all its poor qualities, the cast of X-Men: The Last Stand do just enough to make the experience tolerable. Famke Janssen is the stand-out, having a commanding screen presence which manages to pierce through the effects and hold our attention; in the scene in the woods, she even upstages Sir Ian McKellen. McKellen and Patrick Stewart are both fine, though both have settled into 'established actor cameo' mode by the end, and Hugh Jackman continues to make his case for being the definitive Wolverine. Had Days of Future Past never happened, this would have been a bittersweet farewell for the cast, but you can't blame any of them for not trying in spite of the poor script. X-Men: The Last Stand is a disappointment denouement to the original X-Men trilogy. While it makes for watchable viewing during the Jean Grey sequences, there's ultimately too little meat on the bones and too few thoughts between its ears to either satisfy committed fans or compete with its two predecessors. It id the worst of the original X-Men films, but had Brett Ratner been involved from the very beginning, it could have been even worse.

Daniel Mumby
Daniel Mumby

Super Reviewer

½

While The Last Stand is a step down from X-2 thanks to a switch to the more action-oriented direction of Brett Ratner, it is nonetheless a highly entertaining installment in the franchise. Excellent set pieces and special effects are the highlights, while the plot is a little messy and underdeveloped. Regardless of its shortcomings, I enjoyed my time with The Last Stand and the new characters are fun to watch.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

The first X-Men gave us promise. X2 made us proud to be comic book fans. X3 makes us want to cower down and cry. It's crap from the opening shot right to its cliffhanger ending, which is quite ironic since the film is titled "The Last Stand." There's no excuse for such sloppy, mismanaged execution especially when the budget is a whopping $210 million. It's really tough for me to explain how bad this film is because I could pretty much pick apart every scene and explain what is wrong with it. Too many characters, poorly written dialogue, clumsily staged and edited fight scenes, and awful CGI are just some of the many problems with X-Men: The Last Stand. I swear I have seen better use of green screen in student films. I hated X3. It's a slap in the face to fans of the source material and a complete nose dive off the cliff in comparison to the previous films in the series. Not since The Godfather Part III has the concluding act in a well-received trilogy been so monumentally awful.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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