|X-Men: The Last Stand|
|Directed by||Brett Ratner|
|Produced by||Lauren Shuler Donner
James M. Freitag
|Music by||John Powell|
|Editing by||Mark Helfrich
|Studio||20th Century Fox
The Donners' Company
Ingenious Film Partners
Major Studio Partners
X3 Canada Productions
X3 U.S. Productions
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||May 26, 2006|
|Running time||104 minutes|
|Followed by||X-Men Origins: Wolverine|
X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 superhero film and the third in the X-Men series. It is directed by Brett Ratner, who took over when Bryan Singer dropped out to direct Superman Returns. The movie revolves around a "mutant cure" that causes serious repercussions among mutants and humans, and on the mysterious resurrection of Jean Grey, who appeared to have died in X2. The film is loosely based on two X-Men comic book story arcs: writer Chris Claremont's and artist John Byrne's "Dark Phoenix Saga" in The Uncanny X-Men and writer Joss Whedon's and artist John Cassaday's six-issue "Gifted" arc in Astonishing X-Men.
The film was released on May 26, 2006 in the United States and Canada. Despite mixed reviews from critics and fans, the film became successful at the box office. Its opening-day gross of $45.5 million is the fourth-highest on record while its opening weekend gross of $103 million is the fifth highest ever.
The film opens 20 years ago with Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier visiting a young Jean Grey where they convince her parents to let her join Xavier's School: however, the pair seem wary of her potentially great power. Back in the present, Xavier worries about Cyclops, who is still heartbroken about the loss of Jean Grey. Mystique is captured by government agents while trying to steal confidential files for Magneto, leading Hank "Beast" McCoy to discover that a mutant cure has been invented from the DNA of a mutant boy called Jimmy, who is being held in a facility in Alcatraz Island.
Cyclops returns to Alkali Lake, where Jean appears to him. As they kiss, she appears to kill Cyclops. Sensing trouble, Xavier sends Wolverine and Storm to investigate but when they arrive they encounter telekinetically floating rocks, Cyclops' glasses, and an unconscious Jean. Meanwhile, Magneto ambushes a military transport and frees Mystique, Juggernaut, and Multiple Man. Mystique blocks a shot of the mutant cure aimed at Magneto, losing her mutant ability and being abandoned by Magneto, who sadly states she is no longer one of them.
Back at the mansion, Xavier explains to Wolverine that when Jean was a little girl, she was so powerful that he had to put telepathic blocks on her mind to help keep her powers under control. Her bottled up powers manifested themselves as an alternate personality called the Phoenix — a purely instinctual creature, ruled only by its own violent desires. Initially skeptical, Wolverine becomes more convinced when Jean reawakens, as she is extremely aggressive sexually and tries to seduce him. Realising he is facing the Phoenix, he asks Jean about Cyclops, but she cannot remember and fears she killed him. Jean pleads with Wolverine to kill her before she harms anybody else, but when he refuses and offers to have Xavier help her, the Phoenix resurfaces and Jean flees to her childhood home, with Xavier, Wolverine and Storm in pursuit. Magneto, also aware that Jean's powers are loose, meets Xavier at Jean's house. The two men plead for Jean's loyalty until the Phoenix resurfaces, unleashing her devastating power. Furious at being caged within Jean's subconscious for twenty years, she lifts and destroys her family's house and engages in a psychic battle with Xavier whom she eventually overpowers and telekinetically tears apart before leaving with Magneto.
Following the losses of Xavier and Cyclops, Xavier's students are left despondent and overcome by his death. Rogue leaves to take the cure after seeing her boyfriend, Iceman, ice-skating with Kitty Pryde. Wolverine leaves the school to find Jean and finds out that Magneto and his army plan to attack Alcatraz and goes back to the school, leading the X-Men to assemble and head there. Meanwhile, the troops guarding Alcatraz are armed with cure weapons while Magneto moves the Golden Gate Bridge to allow his army to reach the island.
The Brotherhood's first charge is ineffective and the first wave of mutants are hit with the cure cartridges and overpowered: Magneto initially tries to magnetically destroy the weapons, but fails with the words:"Plastic. They've learned". However, Magneto's minion Arclight is able to take out the cure weapons, leaving the soldiers defenseless. The X-Men arrive as another attack is about to begin, and while they confront the Brotherhood, Kitty Pryde goes inside the facility to save Jimmy, cleverly defeating Juggernaut in the process. Near the end of the battle, Iceman and Pyro have a one-on-one showdown. During that battle, Iceman finally transforms his body into organic ice, which gave him the form of his counterpart in the comics. As Pyro gains the upper hand, saying, "You're in over your head, Bobby. Maybe you should go back to school."
Iceman stands up and headbutts him in the face, knocking him out, and retorts, "You never should have left."
With the help of Colossus, Wolverine distracts Magneto to enable Beast to inject him with the mutant cure. After this, Wolverine nearly coaxes Jean back to sanity; however, more soldiers arrive and fire upon Jean. The Phoenix quickly resurfaces and, in her rage, begins to destroy everything and everyone around her, unleashing her abilities with such power and fury that she can disintegrate matter at will. While the X-Men, soldiers and the remnants of the Brotherhood flee from the terrible wrath of the Phoenix, Wolverine fights his way to Jean, relying upon his healing abilities to save himself from her destructive power. When he reaches her, the Phoenix coldly sneers at Wolverine being willing to die for the others, to which he retorts that he would only die for her. Momentarily stunned at this reply, Jean regains control of herself and begs him to save her. Wolverine confesses his love for Jean, and reluctantly puts her out of her misery.
Despite the X-Men's losses, life goes on. The school continues without Xavier, with Storm now as leader; the President appoints Beast as the United States ambassador to the United Nations; Rogue returns, telling Iceman she has taken the "cure." While Iceman says that wasn't what he wanted, Rogue replies it was what she wanted; and the depowered Magneto sits at a chessboard in a park and reaches out toward a metal chess piece that moves slightly, indicating that the mutant cure may inadvertently be temporary.
In a scene following the credits, Dr. Moira MacTaggert checks on a comatose patient who greets her with Xavier's voice. This is a reference to a statement Xavier made earlier on in the film while teaching a class, saying that it would be possible to transfer one's consciousness into the body of another, who, in this case, had no consciousness to speak of, although all organs and circulation were functioning normally. Shock is displayed on Moira's face as she whispers, "Charles?"
The Brotherhood is Magneto's personal strike force, whose goal is to ensure mutant supremacy.
A group of mutant outcasts which exists as part of an underground network that stretches across the nation.
Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men films, left the project during preproduction in order to direct the film Superman Returns. He was joined by X2 screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty and composer / editor John Ottman. Though Singer, Harris and Dougherty had yet to complete a script, the director has revealed that at the time of his departure they had partially completed a story treatment for the film which would have focused exclusively on Jean Grey's resurrection with the new villain Emma Frost, a role intended for Sigourney Weaver. Frost was an empath manipulating Jean's emotions in the treatment, and like the finished film Magneto desires to control her. Overwhelmed by her powers, Jean kills herself, but Jean's spirit survives and becomes a god-like creature, which Dougherty compared to the star child in A Space Odyssey.
Simon Kinberg was hired as writer soon after Singer's departure, and speculation arose to Joss Whedon directing the film. Whedon turned down the offer because he was working on a Wonder Woman film. Rob Bowman and Alex Proyas were also rumored, though Proyas personally turned it down. Zack Snyder was also approached, though he turned it down due to his commitment to 300. Despite the controversy over Singer's departure, the cast and producers were still clearly keen to return. Matthew Vaughn was hired as the new director for the project. He cast Kelsey Grammer as Beast and Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut, but family issues reportedly led Vaughn to withdraw before shooting began. Vaughn was replaced by Singer's friend Brett Ratner. Ratner had coincidentally been set to direct Superman: Flyby.
On June 13, 2005, a review of an incomplete early draft of the screenplay posted by Drew McWeeny from Ain't It Cool News sparked controversy from fans, due to certain main characters' storylines; however, that was the very first of over two dozen drafts of the script. Most notably the Golden Gate Bridge sequence was originally in the middle of the film, but Ratner decided it would create a more dramatic climax if moved to the end, which was originally to take place in Washington, D.C.
X-Men: The Last Stand began shooting in August 2005 and ended in January 2006. Much of X-Men: The Last Stand was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. According to associate producer Dave Gordon, "This is the biggest production ever filmed in Canada. It used to be X2, now it's X3."
The visual effects crew started working on April 2005, before the director had even been announced. Special effects supervisor John Bruno estimates one sixth of the effects budget was spent on the Golden Gate Bridge scene, which employed both computer-generated imagery and a miniature of the bridge. Other notable effect was "digital skin-grafting", which "de-aged" the faces of senior actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen by complex keyframing, though CGI was not used.
The film has extensive wirework, where many of the actors performed some of their own stunts. The whirlwind wire-stunt performed by Halle Berry during one fight scene reportedly caused Berry to become so nauseated that she vomited, with the crew bringing in buckets for her before shooting her scenes. Angel's wings were initially too heavy for Ben Foster, and were remade from foam. Despite his fear of heights, Foster performed a single second-unit stunt where he escapes Worthington's facility by jumping from the tall building. The shot was completed by flying a stuntman swooping from the window using a crane rig, with the harness and wires removed and wings added digitally.
X-Men: The Last Stand grossed $45.1 million domestically for the seventh-highest opening day after The Dark Knight ($68.7 million), Spider-Man 3 ($59 million), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($55.8 million), and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith ($50 million). (All figures here not adjusted for inflation.) It is ranked fourth among film debuts having generated an estimated $122.9 million domestically during its four-day Memorial Day opening weekend and the number one Memorial Day movie of all time until the record was broken by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End which earned $142 million during its four-day Memorial Day opening. The website The Numbers notes that the film's weekend gross "equals the record for the fewest number of days taken to earn $100 million, joining four other movies that achieved the feat in three days." However, the film suffered a significant drop of 66.9% in its second weekend, when its box office take fell to $34.0 million. Nevertheless, the film has grossed over $234 million in North America (fourth-highest of 2006) and over $459 million globally (fifth-highest of 2006). It is the fifth-highest-grossing comic book adaptation, and the highest grossing of the X-Men series. It became the first film of 2006, and the 67th film on record, to pass the $200 million mark at the North American box office, which it accomplished on the weekend of June 9, 2006. It is the first X-Men movie to surpass $200 million outside the United States. X-Men: The Last Stand is one of the few third installments in a series to outgross its predecessors, Spider-Man 3 and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King being examples.
Reviews of the film have been generally mixed, with the film-review website Rotten Tomatoes giving the film a 56% approval rating. The film review aggregate site Metacritic also reported mixed reviews with a score of 58/100. Ebert and Roeper gave the film a "two thumbs up" rating, with Ebert stating "I liked the action, I liked the absurdity, I liked the incongruous use and misuse of mutant powers, and I especially liked the way it introduces all of those political issues and lets them fight it out with the special effects."  Some film critics did however consider the third film to be of lesser quality than the previous two. Justin Chang from Variety said the film is "a wham-bam sequel noticeably lacking in the pop gravitas, moody atmospherics and emotional weight that made the first two Marvel comicbook adaptations so rousingly successful." Frank Lovece of Film Journal International said, "A risk-taking script with genuine consequences elevates this ... above the lackluster direction of Brett Ratner, whose competent mechanics move the story efficiently but with very little soul." At the 2007 Saturn Awards, Famke Janssen won the Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of Jean Grey. Also impressed with Janssen's performance were Total Film, who said, "playing the super-freaky mind-control goddess like GoldenEye’s Xenia Onatopp’s all-powerful psycho sister, her scenes – particularly that one with the house – crackle with energy and tragedy. If only the rest of X3 had followed suit." Halle Berry received a People's Choice Award for "Favorite Female Action Star" for her role as Storm. During her acceptance speech, she asked all fans who wanted to see an "X-Men 4" to write letters to producer Tom Rothman asking for another movie. Matthew Vaughn, who was once set to direct the film, heavily responded with negative feedback to Ratner's direction.
The novelization of the film, written by comic book writer Chris Claremont, was released on May 16, 2006.
The novelization of the movie differs in some areas from the film. In the novel, young Jean Grey discovers her powers after an accident that takes her best friend's life (taken directly from the comic book incarnation's origin). Angel officially joins the X-Men and travels with them to Alcatraz Island instead of going on his own. Storm spares Callisto's life, and Rogue decides to keep her powers in the end, and Beast stays at the school as a teacher, the latter two of which were alternate versions of the film. Iceman takes an unconscious Pyro away from Alcatraz. The attack on Alcatraz is referred to as M-Day, a reference to the "Decimation of mutantkind" storyline in the comic books. Moira MacTaggert visits Magneto in the park, presumably offering an antidote to the "cure", which he refuses because as the book says: "He couldn't go back. That path had brought nothing but grief, to those he cared for, those who trusted him, to himself." Unlike the film, the novel does not allude to Xavier's resurrection. In the end of the novel Wolverine is in the basement of the Institute training the new X-Men, which includes Gambit, Sage, Danielle Moonstar and Cannonball.
The novel also makes a reference to X3 scriptwriter Zak Penn, whose name is given to a sergeant in the middle of the novel, and to the X-Men co-creator and writer Stan Lee as Mr. Lee, one of Jean's neighbours portrayed by Stan Lee in the film. The president's name in the novelization is David Cockrum, a reference to comics artist Dave Cockrum. McCoy asks the president about his wife Paty, who in real life is David Cockrum's wife who used to work at Marvel. Two other references are made towards the end of the book, the first is Hollywood planning a film about the Battle of Alcatraz (a possible reference to the actual movie) along with a British Shakespearean actor, who is also a Knight playing Magneto (a possible reference to Sir Ian McKellen who played Magneto in all three films). Other references include the mutant Bishop as police officer after Pyro attacks a cure facility, and Rogue mentions Dust.
The book also briefly references Kitty Pryde's political ambitions when she is shown hanging up a homemade "Pryde for President" poster. In a few possible futures seen in the comics, Pryde has ended up President (X-Men: The End) and her plans to run for office were a sub-plot during the X-Treme X-Men series.
Games publisher Activision released X-Men: The Official Game, the official video game tie-in to the film across all major video game platforms on May 16, 2006. The various editions of the game bridge the events of the films X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand and feature many of both films' prominent characters. Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Alan Cumming, Eric Dane, Shawn Ashmore and Tyler Mane reprise their film roles in this game. Sentinels, Lady Deathstrike, Sabretooth and Silver Samurai also appear in the game. It also provides an explanation of Nightcrawler's absence from the film. An X-Men: The Last Stand game was also released for mobile phones.
X-Men: The Last Stand was released in the United States and Canada on DVD in both standard and collector's edition formats on October 3, 2006. The single-disc standard DVD, in either widescreen or fullscreen, features two menu settings: "Join The Brotherhood" and "Take A Stand". These choices change the menu's design and the deleted scenes available. The DVD also features commentaries featuring the director, writers, and producers; 10 deleted scenes; three alternate endings; and two easter eggs. On the first day of its release, errors were reported with the DVD. About 60% of the DVDs currently in circulation have errors in them. Some DVDs come with only 10 deleted scenes while others come with 21, amongst other errors.
The "Stan Lee Collector's Edition" DVD is a widescreen standard DVD that was packaged in a slipcase with a 100-page booklet featuring a completely new X-Men comic by Stan Lee. The Hollywood Reporter announced that 20th Century Fox will make films available to buy online the same day as the DVD, through Direct2Drive, with X-Men: The Last Stand among the first such available. Also, Wal-Mart stores included a special exclusive DVD titled "X-Men Revealed" with 50 minutes of behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of the X-Men franchise. The Wal-Mart exclusive DVD disc is not what it seems however. From the information of the exclusive DVD front and back cover, it is supposed to be a behind-the-scenes look of the X-Men movie franchise but instead it is a brief history of the X-Men comics. Target also has an exclusive that comes in a tin case with the single-disc DVD plus a reprint of Giant-Size X-Men #1 and four collectible cards from the movie. There are also other versions.
The DVD sold 5 million copies in its first week in stores. In other countries, such as the United Kingdom and Australia, the DVD package is a 2-Disc Special Edition and has a bonus disc containing three documentaries (Brett Ratner's Production Diary, X-Men: Evolution Of A Trilogy, and X-Men: The Excitement Continues) as well as various featurettes, character guides and pre-visualization sequences. This version is not planned for a Region 1 release.
|X-Men: The Last Stand Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Film score by John Powell|
|Released||May 23, 2006|
|Marvel Comics film series soundtrack chronology|
X-Men: The Last Stand Soundtrack has received generally positive reviews.
X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 film and the third in a series of films based on the Marvel Comics series X-Men following X-Men and X2. It focuses on two storylines: A mutant antigen is created, which the government exploits and uses against the mutant population, resulting in a war between humanity and the Brotherhood of Mutants. The X-Men become the third side of this war. The story behind Jean Grey's powers as the Phoenix and her effects on the X-Men and humanity.
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|X-Men: The Last Stand|
|Directed by||Brett Ratner|
|Produced by|| Lauren Shuler Donner|
|Written by|| Simon Kinberg|
|Starring|| Hugh Jackman|
|Music by||John Powell|
|Editing by|| Mark Helfrich|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||May 26, 2006|
|Running time||104 min.|
|Followed by||X-Men Origins: Wolverine|
X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 movie. It is the third movie based on the Marvel Comics' X-Men superhero comic books. The story takes place after X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003). Brett Ratner directed the movie. He took over when Bryan Singer decided to direct Superman Returns. The movie is about a "mutant cure" and the resurrection of Jean Grey, who seemed to have died in X2. The movie is partially based on two X-Men comic book stories: writer Chris Claremont's and artist John Byrne's "Dark Phoenix Saga" in The Uncanny X-Men (1980) and writer Joss Whedon's and artist John Cassaday's six-issue "Gifted" story in Astonishing X-Men (2004).
The movie was released May 26, 2006 in the United States and Canada. It was released one or two days earlier in more than 20 other countries. The movie did well at theaters. It earned $45.1 million on its first day. This is the fourth-highest opening day gross. Its opening weekend gross of $103 million is the eighth highest ever.
The movie is sometimes called X3, XIII, X-Men 3, or X-Men 3: The Last Stand.
The movei begins with a very sad Cyclops. He is still very sad because he lost his girlfriend Jean Grey at the end of the last movie. He goes out to the lake, where he sees Jean Grey, who is somehow not dead. She has a lot more powers now. She kills Cyclops and then leaves. Wolverine and Storm find Cyclops' visor in the water when they go looking for him. They also find Jean Grey and put her inside the Xavier Institute.
Meanwhile, a large company working at Alcatraz Island has found a way to erase the gene that is the cause for mutation. This discovery splits the mutants apart. Some believe that their mutation helps society and do not want a cure for it and start protesting. Other mutants do not like their mutation and begin lining up at Alcatraz Island to get the cure. At the Xavier Institute, Rogue, who longs to touch people but cannot, is interested in the cure.
Professor Xavier tracks down Jean Grey. He and Wolverine and Storm go Jean's old house to try to talk to her. Early on, he found that Jean Grey had a very powerful side called the Phoenix. To make sure that side never came out, he put up a mind barrier. During the talk, the Phoenix comes out and he and Jean Grey have a mind battle. It ends when the Phoenix overpowers the Professor and the Professor dies.
The villain Magneto has started to put his Brotherhood of Mutants together. While freeing his right-hand man Mystique from jail, a guard fires a "cure dart" at him to try to remove his mutation. Mystique jumps in the way and is cured of her mutation. Magneto leaves her. As a result, she tells the government where Magneto will be. The Brotherhood meets in a forest. Wolverine, who has gone out there, sees that the Phoenix has teamed up with the Brotherhood and will not leave when Wolverine asks her to. The government then raids the forest, but Magneto has already left and all the agents find is many copies of the mutant Multiple Man.
At the Xavier Institute, Bobby Drake (Iceman) has begun to like another girl named Kitty Pryde. One night, the two of them go out skating in the fountain. Iceman's girlfriend, Rogue, becomes very jealous when she sees him with Kitty and leaves the next day to go to Alcatraz Island. Bobby goes out there but cannot find her.
In the final battle, Magneto walks out onto the San Francisco Bridge, moving cars out of the way. He then lifts the bridge up and rips it apart and makes a bridge to Alcatraz Island. The X-Men drop down from their plane and defend the mutant cure building against attack. The X-Men's plot to stop Magneto. To do this, Wolverine runs at Magneto. Magneto easily stops Wolverine. Another mutant named Beast comes from behind him and sticks a bunch of cure darts into Magneto, curing him of the mutation.
The U.S Army comes over the top at this point and starts to fire darts. This causes Phoenix to very angry and she starts to use her powers to begin destroying everything. With great effort, Wolverine reaches Phoenix and sticks his claws into her to stop her, killing her but saving the soldiers. Back at the Xavier Institute, they mourn the Jean Grey's death. Rogue, who has been cured, touchs Bobby's hand for the first time.
The Brotherhood is a group of mutants who think mutants should be in charge of the world.
A group of mutant which are part of an underground network across the nation.
Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men movies left early in the production of the movie to direct the movie Superman Returns. Screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty and composer John Ottman left with him. Singer has said that, at the time he left, they had partially written a story for the movie which would have been only about Jean Grey's resurrection. The story would also have a new villain Emma Frost, played by Sigourney Weaver.
Simon Kinberg was hired as writer soon after Singer left. There were rumors about Joss Whedon directing the movie. Rob Bowman and Alex Proyas were also rumoured. Zack Snyder was also asked to be the director, but he turned it down because he was directing 300. Even with Singer leaving, the cast and producers wante to return to make the third movie. Matthew Vaughn was hired as the new director for the project. He cast Kelsey Grammer as Beast and Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut. Family problems were said to cause him to withdraw before shooting began. Vaughn was replaced by Singer's friend Brett Ratner, who was among the people considered to direct the first movie. He was also considered by Warner Brothers to direct the 2006 Superman project before it changed into Superman Returns.
X-Men: The Last Stand began shooting in August 2005 and ended in January 2006. Much of X-Men: The Last Stand was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Associate producer Dave Gordon said, "This is the biggest production ever filmed in Canada. It used to be X2, now it's X3."