X2: X-Men United
Marvel Comics’ X-Men, humans who have mutated under the forces of evolution to gain superhuman abilities, are back for their second sci-fi, big-screen appearance. The mutants fall into two categories: the X-Men, who who want to work with non-mutants in society, and Magneto’s mutants, who want to kill non-mutants. The tension between these two groups builds as all mutants are confronted by a deadly threat to their existence. They showcase their special abilities in a struggle to survive as human life weighs in the balance. As its predecessor, this film has the characters Storm (Halle Berry), Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Eric Lensherr/Magnetto (Ian McKellen), and Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman).
The film has a number of positive themes and uses a good bit of religious imagery and allusions but also treats evolution as fact. Neanderthal man and Cro-Magnon man are mentioned in a classroom setting. Although the idea of accepting people who are different registers and makes a point, unfortunately there is a ton of violence (although much of it comic-book style) but there is also strong language featured in the movie.
We are therefore unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie. On a positive note, it was nice to hear the Lord’s Prayer and 23rd Psalm quoted in the film.