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Movie Review: X2: X-Men United

Story: Sequels usually stink. However, X2 is better than the original. It doesn't get bogged down in introductory passages. What's to explain? The Mutant Registration Act is still being fought in Washington. An attempt by some conservatives to isolate (or perhaps rid the world of mutants - or insert your minority group of choice here) is the basic plot. Sound a little like real life? If you can forget all of that real life stuff, just fling yourself into the nonstop action.

If you like action, a bit of whimsy, pure summer entertainment and the idea of no script doesn't bother you, this film by director Bryan Singer is for you.

Acting: There is no acting. But it is fun to watch Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Rebecca Romjin-Stamos. Alan Cumming is the only new mutant that we meet in 2 and he looks like he is having a ball.

Predilections: I like action heroes, the mutants and all of their special powers. I LOVE Patrick Stewart. He is my favorite Starship Captain.

Critters: A beautiful wolf and a fine looking cat (for a little comic relief).

Food: There isn't much time for pleasant dining as the action is almost nonstop. Chocolate milk and beer are highlighted.

Visual Art: The oval office had some fun reproductions of paintings that are often seen in this venue.

Blatant Product Placement: I thought I saw a Dr. Pepper and a Molson. But I think it was only a teaser.

Soundtrack: Loud.

Opening Titles: The voice of Captain Picard (oops, I mean Patrick Stewart is heard in the intro). Followed by comic book style titles. The fun begins.

Theater Audience: Fairly crowded with mostly young men. I was a good 100 years older than anyone else in the theater. (sigh).

Predictability Level: Over the top.

Oscar Worthy: No.

Nit Picking: Too long.

Big Screen or Rental: Oh, big screen for sure. It wouldn't be nearly as much fun on the small screen. How about enjoying Captain Picard - I mean Patrick Stewarts' other films as rentals? Star Trek: Nemesis, X-Men, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: First Contact, Jeffrey, Star Trek Generations, L.A. Story, Lady Jane.

Length: I was sure this would be a 90 minute joyride but it is a two hour and fifteen minute struggle to save the world. Should it really take more than two hours to save all of humanity and all of the mutants? I don't think so.