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Published:May 27th, 2006 15:32 EST
The Last Stand between The X-Men and The Brotherhood

The Last Stand between The X-Men and The Brotherhood

By Garrett Godwin

In The Matrix Revolutions, the Oracle (Mary Alice) told Neo (Keanu Reeves) that everything that has a beginning has an end.


Well, in the third and final chapter of the X-Men series, it is more than "The Last Stand".  It is about two worlds: the world of Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and the world of Magneto (Ian McKellen).  Whereas the former believes that humans and mutants can slowly co-exist with each other among humanity one day, the latter believes that mutants are the next stage in evolution... that they are superior to humans.  Though they are opposite sides with different intentions for mutants and humanity, Xavier and Magneto aren't the classic enemies we usually see on the big and small screen.


This movie features the return of beloved X-Men characters such as the brooding, conflicted Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) -- the classic reluctant hero/anti-hero.  Storm (Halle Berry), the voice of reason, has a more active role in the film.  Young mutant super couple Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Rogue (Anna Paquin), and members of Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants such as hothead Pyro and the sultry Mystique are also back in this installment.


In X-Men: The Last Stand, the government discovers a cure for mutants that will make them completely human.  While the X-Men have a difficult dilemma to face (should they take the cure and live a "normal life" or remain who they are and accept it?), Magneto tells his Brotherhood that they should destroy that "cure" once and for all, stating THEY are the cure.  In other words: this is war.  But that is nothing compare to the return of Jean Gray (Famke Janssen), whose fate will be decided.


The Last Stand marks the debut of fan favorites Beast (Frasier himself, Kelsey Grammer) and Angel (Ben Foster). 


If you thought the change of directors (from Bryan Singer to Brett Ratner) was something, then wait until you see X-Men: The Last Stand.  This film will surprise and shock you from beginning to end.  This movie is more than "The Last Stand".  It is definitely THE major battle between the X-Men and the Brotherhood-- between the forces of good and the forces of evil.  Both the survival and the future of humanity and mutants depend on who comes out on top.


The X-Men will make more than a last stand, as they also battle The Da Vinci Code at the box office this Memorial Day weekend. But after seeing this film, it will definitely stand more throughout this weekend and the summer. 


My rating: 5 stars