Cast: Halle Berry (Storm, Ororo Munroe), Bruce Davison (Senator Robert Kelly), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine, Logan), Famke Jansen (Jean Grey), Tyler Mane (Sabretooth, Victor Creed), James Marsden (Cyclops, Scott Summers), Ian McKellen (Magneto, Eric Lehnsherr), Anna Paquin (Rogue, Marie), Ray Park (Toad, Mortimer Toynbee), Patrick Stewart (Professor X, Charles Xavier), Rebecca Romijn (Mystique, Raven Darkholm)
Costumes: Louise Mingenbach, Bob Ringwood
Director: Bryan Singer
D.O.P.: Tom Sigel
Editor: Steven Rosenblum
Executive Producers: Avi Arad, Tom DeSanto, Richard Donner, Stan Lee
Music: Michael Kamen
Producers: Lauren S. Donner, Joel Simon, Bill Todman Jr, Ralph Winter
Prod. Design: John Myhre
Writers: Tom DeSanto, David Hayter, Chris McQuarrie, Bryan Singer, Ed Solomon
Award 1: Favorite Supporting Actress - Science Fiction (7th Blockbuster Entertainment Awards)Award 2: Best Supporting Actress (27th annual Saturn Awards)
Mystique ability: Shape-shifts into other people
Production costs: $75 million
Rating: PG13, sci-fi action violence
Release Date: July 14, 2000
Revenues first weekend: $57.5 million
Revenues in 2000: $157,175,311
Shot in: Toronto
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Time: 104 minutes
X-Factor of Mystique: Resident spy for Magneto (evil)
Pictures: X-Men Gallery
The movie X-men starts with a teaser scene in a Nazi death camp, where gaunt Jews trudge to their doom. A boy, torn from his parents, goes into a seizure, and the camp gates are bent open. Aha! So the inmates are miraculously freed? No. It's not about the 6 million. It's about this one kid--an X-kid.
Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), the wheelchair-bound leader of a band of mutant superheroes, who chooses to use his telepathic powers for the good of mankind, runs a school for exceptional young people: folks like Storm (Halle Berry), who plays tricks with weather; Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), whose fists contain adamantine blades; Cyclops (James Marsden), with a killer stare; and Rogue (Anna Paquin), whose touch is toxic. Xavier and Dr. Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) battle the bad guys led by Magneto (Ian McKellen), an embittered Holocaust survivor who aims to teach the human race a harsh lesson, over the fate of the planet--that old thing.
His henchmen include the growling Sabretooth (Tyler Mane), the athletic Toad, a bad mutant, makes quick use of his mile-long tongue. (Ray Park, best known as Darth Maul) and a lethal shape-shifter called Mystique (Rebecca Romijn).
The human villain of the piece is Senator Kelly (Bruce Davison), a suaver Joe McCarthy. He wants mutants registered because, he says, their eccentric gifts make them dangerous.
Well, the mutant hunter is right! Magneto and his gang have planet-altering mischief in mind.
The other thing action movies can use is a jazzy ending. This one has a noisy climactic tussle inside the Statue of Liberty. But the climax is not the end. There is no ending; the whole film is the teaser to a planned trilogy. So Wolverine, searching for his roots, keeps on scratching. Xavier and Magneto speak of battles to come. A muted film ends on a minor chord.
Original articles: Cincinnati Enquirer & Time