X-Men: First Class – A Pleasant Surprise

EN 5 Second Review: We really wanted to hate this movie and had in every way thought that this reboot which shed itself of our favorite actors would disappoint, but this was the best since the original and in many ways is better than even the original was.

x-men-first-class-posterOverall Rating 9/10

Release Date: June 3, 2011
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Platt, Morgan Lily, Zoe Kravitz, Bill Bilner
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language)
Official Website: X-MenFirstClass.com

Summary: "X-Men: First Class" charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.



Magic Trick: Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Raven Darkholme (Jennifer Lawrence) demonstrate their abilities to the CIA.

Spotlight: Banshee – Sean Cassidy (Caleb Landry Jones) can create extremely powerful sounds.

Spotlight: Beast – Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) undergoes a transformation.

Spotlight: Mystique – Raven Darkholme (Jennifer Lawrence) is able to completely change her appearance.

Spotlight: Havok – Alex Summers (Lucas Till) must learn to control his energy blasts.


unknown-movie-poster-neeson“The fastest 2 hours at the movie in a long dry spell and somewhat refreshingly revels in its ridiculousness.”

Release Date: February 18, 2011
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Screenwriter: Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwell
Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella
Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content)
Official Website: Unknownmovie.com

Summary: Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.

EN 5 Second Review: The best bet this weekend although it is clichéd and its plot is hackneyed at best, it is the fastest 2 hours at the movie in a long dry spell and somewhat refreshingly revels in its ridiculousness.

Trailers and Clips:

Theatrical Trailer:

Clip: Crash – Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) and Gina (Diane Kruger) drive off a bridge.

Clip: Garage – Gina (Diane Kruger) comes to the rescue.

Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.