Mutants continue their struggle against a society that fears and distrusts them. Their cause becomes even more desperate following an incredible attack by an undetermined assailant possessing extraordinary abilities. The shocking attack renews the political and public outcry for both a Mutant Registration Act, and an anti-mutant movement, now led by William Stryker. A vocal, wealthy, former commander for the Army, Stryker, is rumored to have experimented on mutants. Stryker's dubious mutant "work" is somehow tied to Logan's/Wolverine's mysterious and forgotten past. As Logan/Wolverine searches for clues to his origin, Stryker puts into motion his anti-mutant program--launching a severe attack on Professor Xavier's mansion. Magneto, newly escaped from his plastic prison, proposes a partnership with Professor Xavier and the X-Men to combat their common and formidable enemy: Stryker. With the fates of Xavier, mankind, and mutantkind, in their hands, the X-Men face their most dangerous mission yet.
Bryan Singer, who also directed the first adaptation of the great Marvel comic book X-Men, once again respects the earnest emotion of his source material, which raises adolescent disaffection to an apocalyptic scale. This time the mutants are threatened by a human scientist (Brian Cox) who wants, for complex psychological reasons, to wipe them off the face of the earth. As they try to stop him, the X-Men explore their own emotions and relationships, and it is their hurt feelings and identity crises that give the movie some dramatic heft to accompany the expected explosions, high-flying fistfights and not-quite-sublime special effects. — A. O. Scott
2003-05-02 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of X2: X-Men United