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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PG-13 (for intense sequences of action violence, some sexual content and language)
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Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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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
Luke Pohl
as Flea
Haley Ramm
as Young Jean Grey
Cameron Bright
as Jimmy/Leech
Shauna Kain
as Theresa Rourke Cassidy/Siryn
Adrian Hough
as Mr. Grey
Desiree Zurowski
as Mrs. 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
Julian 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
Peter Kawasaki
as Photographer
Tanya Newbould
as Dr. McCoy's Assistant
John Pyper-Ferguson
as Minivan Father
Stan Lee
as Waterhose Man
Chris Claremont
as Lawnmower Man
Chelah Horsdal
as Minivan Mother
Justin Callan
as Minivan Son
Brenna O'Brien
as Minivan Daughter
Robert Hayley
as National Guardsman Captain
Richard Yee
as Little Phat
Lloyd Adams
as Lizard Man
Ronald Blecker
as Commander
Zoltain Buday
as Mutant Cure No. 1
Mei Melançon
as Elisabeth Braddock/Psylocke
Mi Jung Lee
as Newscaster
Emy Aneke
as Alcatraz Lieutenant
Clayton Watmough
as Glob Herman
Alexis Ferris
as Minivan Son #2
Ron Blecker
as Commander
Brad Kelly
as Prison Truck Guard
Shauna Kain
as Theresa Rourke Cassidy/Siryn
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Critic Reviews for X-Men: The Last Stand

All Critics (232) | Top Critics (49)

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

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Newsweek
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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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X-Men: The Last Stand has shifted the shape of the franchise from pretty good, if uninspired, to terrifically entertaining.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Wall Street Journal
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[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.

Full Review… | June 7, 2006
New York Observer
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What a comedown, after the weirdly beautiful things Singer and his technicians did in the first two movies.

May 29, 2006
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Salon.com
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Audience Reviews for X-Men: The Last Stand

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

So what happened to the Nightcrawler? he was a good soft centred character with potential in the last film, what the Hadoken?? So yet again after the following smash success of the sequel, which may or may not have been a surprise, we get the trilogy bookend to the saga. Naturally we are pummeled with lots more characters, even bigger set pieces, even bigger action and various big deaths scenes, oh and Brett 'Rush Hour' Ratner takes over the reigns...which means it could well stink. Plot time...Worthington Labs announce the cure to mutantism, well a drug that will suppress the mutant gene in mutants. This of course could be good news for certain mutants like the awkward Rogue (don't listen to Storm sheesh!), but for ultra cool mutants like Magneto, Wolverine, Iceman etc...it sounds like the worst idea since Brett Ratner took over the reigns for this third film. The 'cure' comes from the genome of a young mutant boy so obviously Magneto sets out to kill the boy with his alternate (not exactly evil in the evil sense) mutant army, only the X-Men can stop them. I don't get the humans in this saga though, surely having people like this around with these powers would help mankind greatly. Sure there would be problems but on the whole if peace is kept as many want then the advantages for humans and mutants to work together would be astronomical! Plus aren't people amazed and in awe of these powers, hardly every day stuff is it. So its back to more origins again and lots more exposition as we see how a young Jean Grey met up with Magneto and Xavier (I type Magneto because its easier than his human name) who have both had major CGI airbrush work done to their pretty faces. We then get to see a rather abrupt and brief origin for Angel which leads into some obligatory training sequences for the regular team followed by an intro for Beast and the steps being taken to find Magneto. Once the story skips through all this its back to Xavier's school again so we can have yet more origin chat as Beast visits. One thing I noticed about Beast in this franchises continuity is way back in 'X2' we saw Beast as a youngish middle aged man in human form on the TV. According to comicbook lore (if we are picky here) Beast was actually one of the X-Men team from a young age I believe plus he was shaped like a gorilla. What we see of him in that brief cameo doesn't really match up although admittedly we don't see all of him. I would also hazard a guess that he would of been blue and furry by the age he looks in that cameo, like I say I'm just being picky. This film feels more in tone with the original in the sense that everything is slowing building towards the finale. The plot is developed step by step in easy to swallow doses so each little story can expand and finally blend at the end. It does feel a bit slow admittedly but again it still manages to hold your attention well by slowly giving you more bang for your buck. Gotta be honest though some characters do feel squeezed in for no reason, Angel doesn't really do much, he's just there for visuals where as Multiple Man is around for one booby trap/gag moment. There also seemed to be some tomfoolery with the Omegas group involving big visual changes and sexual gender alterations. Not that that's a problem as Omahyra Mota as Arclight was an inspired casting choice but the others felt very generic and bland looking. Not really sure how Kid Omega's power of being a mutant porcupine would come in handy unless you do the only thing he does in the film which is kill someone by hugging them. Its also these guys that start to mention mutants in class divisions depending on how powerful they are...where did that come from? I find Pyro hilariously dumb in this film though. This guy goes around acting all tough and macho when confronting new mutants despite not knowing what they can do. For all he knows they could kill him easily with their unique mutant power, all he can do is control fire! geez dude don't be such a plum. Another stupid point was after Xavier gets obliterated Beast suggests the school close...eh?! why you big blue goon! surely the best way to honour him would be to keep the school going, no way Xavier would want it to shut down, go plait your hair sheesh! In general everything is fine up to the big showdown where for some bizarre reason Magneto decides to detach and use the Golden Gate Bridge as a crossing to Alcatraz. I mean yeah it looks impressive and fancy in all its CGI glory but really? why not just use a large boat or fly...most of you all do that. Plus that may give you more stealth for the attack. The actual main battle is reasonably well directed and sorta utilises everyone but the fact the soldiers have the cure in gun form does make a bit of a mockery of it all. Yes many mutants get 'cured' but I don't really think any of them would stand a chance with all that stuff flying around. Its all pretty much the same again but with nicer visuals. Beast looks awesome and is portrayed really well by Grammer, Grey in Phoenix form does look pretty good to me and her story fits OK as far as I'm concerned although I know some fanboys didn't like it. Wish we knew exactly what happened to Cyclops though. Everyone else is on good form and haven't varied from their previous performances so its all good in that sense (Juggernaut is a bit iffy looking though isn't he, not sure why they cast Vinnie Jones there) and as I said there are some big characters getting kicked to the curb throughout and towards the end which was very cool I can't deny. Not quite as classy as the previous two sure, but it does the job...what else did you expect?

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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