X-MEN: THE LAST STAND
The Limits of Power
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart,
Ian McKellan, Famke Jannssen,
Haile Berry, Rebecca Romijn,
Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer,
James Marsden, and Shawn
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 104 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Brett Ratner
Executive Producer: Stan Lee, Kevin Peige and John
Producer: Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph
Winter and Avi Arad
Writer: Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
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The third movie opens with two flashbacks. Professor Xavier and his future nemesis, Magneto, visit a little girl known as Jean Grey, who later gave her life for the other X-Men in the second movie. Jean is a powerful telepath with super kinetic powers she has trouble controlling. In the other flashback, a father searches for a cure for his son, a mutant boy who's growing wings.
Cut to the not so distant future. The father has developed a cure for mutant powers by using the blood of a mutant who completely leeches the powers from other mutants. The government offers a voluntary program of cures for the mutants, but the evil Magneto is gathering an army of mutants to destroy the cure and take over the planet.
While this is happening, Cyclops, the grieving boyfriend of Jean Grey, discovers that Jean has somehow used her powers to survive the tons of water that swallowed her up in the second movie. She has changed, however, and can't control her powers, which appear to kill Cyclops.
Professor Xavier tries to help Jean re-establish control over her powers, but she runs away after a dramatic scene with Wolverine. Another mutant leads Magneto to where Jean has disappeared, but Professor Xavier, and the mutants Storm and Wolverine, are also there. Another tragedy results in Jean deciding to join Magneto.
A battle for the planet begins. The X-Men must make a final stand against the evil Magneto. Can Wolverine, who also loves Jean, appeal to her better nature?
The dialogue in X-MEN: THE LAST STAND is a bit too corny in at least two scenes, and the plot leaves a little to be desired. In one scene, for example, Professor Xavier gives a goofy, ad hoc explanation for why Jean Grey survived. About the same time, he also reveals to Wolverine Jean has always suffered from a "split personality" where she has needed his special telepathic powers to keep her well and in control of her own vast, dark powers. The split personality plot is a hackneyed device. It also creates a plot problem at the end which the filmmakers are unable to resolve happily or morally. These problems will bother some people more than others.
Despite these problems, however, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND is very entertaining. It also has a very strong moral worldview. The movie teaches throughout that great power must be controlled. Power also should be used responsibly and wisely, the movie argues. This moral theme is couched in a tale of good versus evil. In the morality tale, the bad guys are the guys who believe in survival of the fittest and who believe that Nature should always be followed without question, no matter the possible consequences.
The dialogue in X-MEN: THE LAST STAND is a bit corny in at least two scenes. Also, the plot leaves a little to be desired. The script problems result in a major plot problem at the end, which the filmmakers are unable to resolve morally. Despite these flaws, THE LAST STAND is quite entertaining. Despite brief immorality, the movie has a very strong moral worldview overall. It teaches throughout that great power must be controlled. Power should be used responsibly and wisely, the movie argues. This positive moral theme is couched in a tale of good versus evil.