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X-Men 3: The Last Stand (DVD)

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Vinny Jones and Kelsey Grammer's new hairstyle.

Rated: 12

Story: Someone invents a cure for mutants. The mutants get a bit stroppy.

Comments: This is better than the other two but you'll need to have watched them in order to understand what's going on. (Bummer).

There is half a decent idea here. Even the X-Men themselves baulk at the possibility of any mutants being forcibly 'cured'. Their powers make them who they are. Do ordinary humans have the right to control mutants? Surely these 'normal' people just need to put aside their fear and resentment, and embrace those who are different?

The film tries to set up a moral quandary. The problem is, it's hard to be that sympathetic. If I knew someone living round the corner could decimate half the city just by thinking hard and clicking their fingers, I'd probably not be very liberal-minded about it. Realistically, I'd want some serious 'curing' done. I suspect this isn't the message the film-makers were trying to get across...

Jackman can't believe he has to live with the silly hair again (especially since Berry can't be bothered with hers this time round), McKellan really is fed up of waving his arms about in front of a green screen and only Stewart and Jones can muster any enthusiasm. Stewart is almost certainly just happy it's not Star Trek; Jones gets to break through walls with his head.

Explosions: Yes.
Ropey plot: Yes.
Too many characters: Yes.
Impressive CGI effects designed to justify the films existence: Yes.
Same as before?: Oh, yes.

Rating: 3/5.

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