'X-Men: The Last Stand'
(Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, et al / NR / 92 mins / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: A "cure" for the mutant X gene has been discovered, which threatens the very existence of mutants like Magneto (McKellen) and Professor X (Stewart). The two leaders have opposing viewpoints on the situation: Magneto insists on a violent revolution to stop humans from exterminating their kind, while X prefers tolerance and working with the goverment on a compromise. But the balance is shifted by the shocking return of Dr. Jean Grey (Janssen), who appeared to die in a great flood. Now she's more powerful than ever as Dark Phoenix, and if Wolverine (Jackman) can't persuade her not to join Magneto's crew, a war could be at hand.
Verdict: Although 'The Last Stand' does boast the meatiest hook of the three X-films, it just seems to play out to be a sub-soap-opera melodrama for the most part. Constructed full of adrenaline-fueled fun, this wham-bam sequel brings on a baby-faced potential ensemble cast for X-Men: The Next Generation"! Oh, and trust me you'll swear that Wolverine and the Beast are flirting with each other every single time they have a scene together! It's just too close for comfort, me thinks! All in all, it's the first halfway decent summer movie so far so you won't waste your hard-earned going to see it. [FYI - Of special interest to followers of the comic book is the post-credits scene. Stay until the very end to check it out!]