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Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Fassbender) weren’t always enemies. Before they took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two close friends both discovering their mutant powers and capabilities. Soon after forming their alliance they were enlisted by the US government to put their superhuman abilities to use and take down a vicious dictator hell-bent on starting World War III.
Now with a task at hand, the two set out on a frantic mission to find others just like them and create a team of highly skilled mutants in time to stop the malicious villain in his tracks.
From critically acclaimed director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Kick-Ass) comes this action-packed prequel to the blockbuster X-Men, with a stellar cast including Michael Fassbender (Eden Lake), James McAvoy (Wanted) and Kevin Bacon (Mystic River). (Matt Fairfield)
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I admit to being a cynic when I first heard Fox were taking the X-men franchise back to the 60's to show how it all began: how wrong was I? Under the direction of Matthew Vaughn, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Kevin Bacon excel as Professor X, Magneto and Sebastian Shaw respectively. The plot moves along at breakneck speed but care is taken to ensure it ties in with the continuity of the other films in the series. The effects are of the calibre we have come to expect from the modern blockbuster and overall this is the best film yet in the X-men series. My only minor criticism is that I would have preferred the producers to have started from scratch so that Cyclops, Ice Man, etc were available to be used. Nevertheless in a year that saw Green Lantern, Thor and Captain America on the big screen this still stands as the best super-hero movie of the last twelve months.
After the dross that was X-Men Last Stand and X-Men Origins I gave up hope on there ever being another X-Men film that could be as good as number 2 until Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass) directed the latest instalment, X-Men First Class. This film is on par with the brilliance of the second film and also provides new characters (that I prefer to the characters in the other films) that keeps the film fresh and has some excellent action sequences set in front of real life historical events. Brilliant.