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6/22/2014

X-Men Review Part 2 X-Men United (Spoiler Warning!!!)


                                                                                                                                                                      X-Men United is the first  sequel to the popular film X-Men. The movie leaves us in a world in which        mutant/"normal" human conflict seems inevitable. While Magneto's plan was a failure mutant rights are more of a hot button issue than ever before and just about everyone has an opinion. With growing pressure from anti mutant politicians and voters war seems to be fast approaching. To make matters worse the movie opens up with a mutant attempting to assassinate the president of the United States.          As the US government begins taking action against its mutant citizens the way of life for all of the  X-Men is challenged and they are forced to protect themselves actions fueled by hatred and ignorance. This movie perhaps even more than first highlights the flaws of man but still manages to keep itself fun.                                                                                                                                           While both Magneto and Mystique feature in this film the primary villain for the majority of the story is Colonel William Stryker. His son has psychic powers which resulted in the death of his wife. He blames his son, Professor X(who had once tried to help him) and by extension the entire mutant population for this. I find this character very easy to despise at the same time his motivation is completely understandable.      

                                                                                                                                                                        Stryker's plan is to use his own son  in order to control Professor X and through him destroy all the mutants on Earth. This planned genocide is highly reflective of Hitler's "Final Solution." While this serves to initially demonize "normal" humans the scenario is later reversed when Magneto gains control and the shared nature of the mutants and the rest of humanity is made highly apparent.                                                  While this movie is not without its share of darkness it has an overall uplifting message and is loads of fun. I highly suggest you check it out. Regardless of whether you do so or not I sincerely hope that at least for the time being you avoid sudden death.
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