Reviewed by Scott Murdock
Rating: 6.5 Beans
t's "The Avengers" for 2000!!!
Little Anna Paquin, she's all grown up now and is no longer the annoying little girl ratting out her mom and getting her mom's fingers chopped off. It's too bad she provides the only noteworthy performance in this overblown disappointment.
This film is incredibly boring. The evil plot is only mildly evil and is intended only to affect politicians, so there's no incentive for the audience to care. Not only that, the villian is also not even aware that his evil plan will actually even harm anybody, so as Dr. Evil would say, it is only quasi-evil... just one calorie, not evil enough.
As I sat watching the screen for 90+ minutes and yawning frequently, I kept finding myself thinking of another film this reminded me of... 1998's "The Avengers". We all remember what an awful mess that was. "X-Men" is only *slightly* better.
One of the most annoying facets of this movie is that nearly ever plot point and question raised in this film is left unresolved and unanswered by the movie's end, instead these are all used to lure us back for the sequel. Sorry, that may have worked for "The Empire Strikes Back", but the creators must be pretty damn pretentious to think this film in on par with that holy series.
Speaking of Star Wars, Ray Park (Darth Maul) is in this, watch for him to insert a double-edged light saber reference. Another interesting bit of trivia is that Ian McKellen, who played a Nazi in 1998's "Apt Pupil", plays a victim of the Holocaust in this film.
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