X2 will be one of the great summer successes

Not that we are overburdened with a plot, as Professor X (Stewart) returns with his odd-ball collection of do-gooding mutants.

X-Men 2

Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Hugh Jackman, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Famke Janssen

Cert: 12.

Not that we are overburdened with a plot, as Professor X (Stewart) returns with his odd-ball collection of do-gooding mutants.

OK, so there are baddies plotting to do the President a mischief and take over the world, and there's this odd-ball collection of do-gooding mutants trying to stop them.

This is a comeback for the 2000 smash-hit sci-fi story of this odd-ball collection of do-gooding mutants - with names like Wolverine, Storm and Light Breeze - and it's all down to the whiz-bang special effects; where the plot is dragged screaming from its hiding place it is weighed down in pretention. Why even try to find the meaning of life when all audiences require is action and a couple of passable one-liners; but mostly action.

There's plenty of it and doubtless X2 will be one of the great summer successes. It's certainly exciting in a dark and disturbing sort of way. We have here an odd-ball collection of do-gooding mutants who would frighten you if you met them in a dark alley.

We have, too, quite a formidable cast - a couple of noted Shakespearian thesps and a couple of Academy Award winners (Stewart, McKellen, Cox, Berry and Paquin) - and solid directing from Singer. The Special effects are mind-boggling; it has a fairly high enjoyment factor. Go see!

Star Rating: 4/5

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