X-Men: The Last Stand

Theatrical Release: May 26, 2006
DVD Release: October 3, 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand
Dove "Family-Approved"
For Ages 12 and Over

Synopsis

In “X-Men: The Last Stand,” the final chapter in the “X-Men” motion picture trilogy, a “cure” for mutantcy threatens to alter the course of history. For the first time, mutants have a choice: retain their uniqueness, though it isolates and alienates them, or give up their powers and become human. The opposing viewpoints of mutant leaders Charles Xavier, who preaches tolerance, and Magneto, who believes in the survival of the fittest, are put to the ultimate test – triggering the war to end all wars.

Dove Review

For those of you who have seen prequels I and II, this movie picks up where II left off with some interesting twists (you’re probably as surprised as I was to see Famke Janssen among the cast list). If you haven’t seen the earlier episodes, “X-Men: The Last Stand” opens with enough historical background to bring you up to speed. It explains that the good mutants, led by Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) are at war with the bad mutants, under the rule of Magneto (Ian McKellen). There are enough complex themes, action scenes and surprise twists to keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat.

The action centers around a war between two competing philosophies; one that wants to become “normal” and the other that believes their condition is not an illness, but a unique gift. The message here is deeply symbolic of the struggles we face when looking at people who are different from ourselves; whether those differences are cultural, racial, or physical.

To add to the complexity, there are also several internal battles between good and evil within the souls of certain key characters. All in all, with a few quantum leaps of continuity, the movie is compelling and attention-keeping. The special effects, especially the transplanted bridge and the “birdman,” are amazingly realistic.

Parents will want to keep little ones away, since there are many intense scenes with graphic death and destruction, barely keeping the film within Dove’s guidelines for an ages twelve plus approval rating. Fortunately, there was little blood overall and the violence is contained within a fantasy type of environment.

Content Description

Sex: Passionate kissing by couple; one instance of "almost" sex.
Language: G/OMG-7; "Dear Lord"-1; H-3; A-1; B-2; D-2; D**khead-1
Violence: Many intense scenes of battles, with bodies being vaporized rather than bloody; Wolverine has many serious wounds which are self-healed; a boy's wings are cut from body with some resulting blood; a character explodes but it is quick and not bloody; man grabs woman in anger but does not hurt her; man has knife in leg from battle but not graphic or bloody; a character stabs man with claws; a character thrown against a tree and is bloodied; cars run into each other; evil mutant character's arms are cut off but grow back; man kicked in testicles; woman is electrocuted against fence; quills are used to kill woman; several army members are destroyed.
Drugs: Cigar smoking.
Nudity: Nude woman strategically covered; partial side of woman's breast seen; cleavage; shirtless man.
Other: Super powers that have come about through evolution are the basis for mutants' "special gifts"; death and grieving; a comment about the next stage of evolution.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Theater
Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn
Director: Brett Ratner
Producer: Avi Arad, Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter
Genre: Action
Runtime: 104 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Kelsey Grammer