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What happens if you mix the holocaust, ethnic differences, Stan Lee, comic book superheroes, the Matrix, Usual Suspects, and the apocalypse together?
-Review by David Bruce


(2000)

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and was updated on February 5, 2006


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X-MEN 3 (2006)

Directed by Bryan Singer
Writing credits Tom DeSanto (story), David Hayter, Ed Soloman, Chris McQuarrie, Joss Whedon, David Hayter, Bryan Singer, Tom DeSanto

Patrick Stewart .... Professor Charles Francis Xavier/Professor X
Hugh Jackman .... Logan/Wolverine
Ian McKellen .... Erik Magnus Lehnsherr/Magneto
Halle Berry .... Ororo Munroe/Storm
Famke Janssen .... Dr. Jean Grey
James Marsden .... Scott Summers/Cyclops
Bruce Davison .... Senator Robert Jefferson
Kelly Tyler Mane .... Victor Creed/Sabretooth
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos .... Raven Darkholme/Mystique
Ray Park .... Mortimer Toynbee/Toad
Anna Paquin .... Rogue

Produced by Avi Arad (executive), Tom DeSanto (executive), Richard Donner (executive), Stan Lee (executive), Lauren Shuler Donner, Joel Simon (co-producer), Bill Todman Jr. (co-producer), Ralph Winter
Original music by Michael Kamen
Cinematography by Tom Sigel
Film Editing by Steven Rosenblum

A CHANGE IS COMING

STUDIO SYNOPSIS:
X-Men is the live-action, big-screen adaptation of the most popular comic book series ever. Outcasts since birth, the X-Men are the next step of human evolution, each born with a unique genetic mutation that gives them extraordinary powers that they've learned to harness for the greater good. But humanity fears what it doesn't understand, and the X-Men soon realize that the race they fight to protect against incalculable evil rejects them.

What happens if you mix the Holocaust, ethnic differences, Stan Lee, comic book superheroes, the Matrix, Usual Suspects, and the apocalypse together?
-Review by David Bruce
Click for larger photoLIFE AND DEATH AS A GAME OF CHESS
The adventures of the X-Men boils down to a chess game between Professor Charles Francis Xavier (Professor X) and bad guy Erik Magnus Lehnsherr (Magneto). It reminded me of the Ingmar Bergman's 'Seventh Seal' in which Death plays an actual game of chess with humans.
Click for larger photoGOD-LIKE MEN.
Magneto wants to end the human race because of its hatred toward mutants. As a Jewish boy Magneto survived the holocaust, where he discovered his magnetic powers. There is a reason behind his madness. His mission is to save the mutants; he does not want another holocaust. His intention is good, but his approach is evil.
Click for larger photoPROFESSOR X
His role is one of saving and disciplining the mutants. He would be like a person giving secret shelter to the Jews during WW2. He has great mental powers: He is All-Knowing and All-Present: God-like powers. He is named after a Christian saint.

Click for larger photoTHE ORPHANAGE
Click to go to POINT OF NO RETURNThis is the mission house of Professor X where he trains mutants to be X-Men. It is a peaceful haven of acceptance -free of prejudice.

I THOUGHT THE IDEA OF TRAINING "REJECTS" FOR THE CAUSE OF JUSTICE RESONATED
WITH LE FEMME NIKITA AND THE POINT OF NO RETURN

Click for larger photoDR JEAN GREY
is a member and spokeswoman for the X-Men. She is briefing a governmental hearing about the "mutator gene" that exists in all humans and has remained dormant until recently. The audience does not listen however. She is making an appeal to the fact that all humans are linked together and our genes prove it.

Click to go to CONTACTClick to go to THE JESUS SERIESFOR ANOTHER MOVIE THAT HAS A WOMAN TRYING TO EXPLAIN THE SUPERNATURAL TO AN AUDIENCE OF DOUBTERS SEE JODIE FOSTER'S SPEECH IN CONTACT.

'THE X-MEN' REMINDS US THAT THE VOICE OF A WOMAN IS STILL NOT VALUED AS STRONGLY AS A MAN'S VOICE! IN THE RECENT CBS-TV JESUS MINI SERIES, AS IN THE BIBLE, WOMEN WERE THE FIRST TO WITNESS AND ANNOUNCE THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS. IT IS NICE TO KNOW THAT GOD VALUES THE WITNESS OF WOMEN.

Click for larger photoSENATOR ROBERT KELLY then stands and gives his speech announcing that mutants are dangerous and riles up the audience with frightening reports of what mutants can do.Go to DEVIL'S ADVOCATE His head is framed with the Congress building picture giving him a power halo. This man is powerful and he seems to make sense. I though this is something like watching nazi government officials rally people against the Jews.

FOR ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF USING A BACKGROUND HALO EFFECT AROUND AN EVIL PERSON, CHECK OUT DEVIL'S ADVOCATE

Click for larger photoPEOPLE FOLLOW STRONG LEADERSHIP
" The truth is that mutants are very real and they are among us. We must know who they are and, above all, what they can do," warns the Senator. A case of the blind leading the blind. History is full of such stuff.
Click for larger photoHOW TO HIDE HATE
The people cheer Senator Kelly as he waves. What is interesting here is to read the signs. Hating others is often justified by couching it with concern for children. Hitler did this. His propaganda was pro-country, pro-tradition, pro-children. Somehow Jews, Communists and Americans were harmful to these values. See the "Protect Our Children" sign in the picture below. It's behind the "Dead Mutant" sign. A good thing to ask is how is this done today in current propaganda?
Click for larger photoTHIS SIGN HITS HOME
I remember slogans like: "The only good Indian, is a dead Indian." "Death to the pigs." "The only good commie, is a dead commie." "The only good nigger, is a dead nigger." X-Men makes a strong statement against this kind of stupid hate. In fact the X-Men are the reflection of the Jews, 'niggers', pigs, commies, Indians, etc. The X-Men represent all those people groups that have been hated and despised.
Click for larger photoORDINARY CAN BE EXTRAORDINARY.
A teenage girl named ROGUE (later an X-Man) has the power to absorb the life energy out of anyone she touches. She is with her boyfriend in his home. The boyfriend kisses her on the mouth. Click to go to SPITFIRE GRILLSuddenly their lips lock, as she begins to accidentally suck his life force from him. The boy drops dead in front of Rogue and the boy's parents. Rejected by everyone, Rogue runs away.

ROGUE REMINDS ME OF THE REJECTED YOUNG GIRL IN SPITFIRE GRILL. IT IS A THEME FOUND IN SEVERAL RECENT FILMS: THE VALUE OF THOSE WE REJECT.
Click for larger photoTHE MAN FROM NOWHERE.
Logan has no memory. Logan's skeleton is made of Adamantium, the strongest known substance. Logan has no memory of who did this to him or anything else in his past. This story element here follows a long list of cowboy heroes. Clint Eastwood played many Western heroes with no names or backgrounds. Logan is, also, a rejected mutant that has special powers of healing. He fits into the spiritual category called the "wounded healer." He is a messianic type. A flawed new Adam.
Powder = Life of Christ.Go to GREEN MILETHERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL RECENT FILMS TO GIVE US CHRIST-LIKE HEALERS. WOLVERINE IS A FLAWED WOUNDED HEALER, OTHER SUCH AS POWDER AND JC IN GREEN MILE ARE NON-FLAWED WOUNDED HEALERS.
Click for larger photoDEADLY ACCIDENTS HAPPEN.
Rogue wakes Logan from a nightmare. This startles him and he reacts instinctively, accidentally thrusting his claws deep into Rogue's chest. He is shocked by what he has done.

Click for larger photoTOUCHING THE HEALER
Logan pulls out the claws and Rogue reaches out and touches him. Rogue absorbs his healing power. Logan yells in pain as her wounds heal instantly. Click to go to TOUCHThere is a story remarkable similar in the Bible in which a sick woman touches Jesus and is heal. Jesus says, "I felt the power go out of me."
THERE IS A REMARKABLE FILM ABOUT ANOTHER REJECTED HEALER IN TOUCH.

Click for larger photoEVIL BRINGS THE CROSS.
Magneto then uses his powers against Logan. Logan goes into a crucified position.
Click for larger photoCRUCIFIED POSITIONS.
It seems there is always a movie out where a Christ-like person is placed in a cross like position. Logan is "crucified" in a train in a manner very similar to the bus scene in Sigmata.
Click to go to FACE/OFFClick to go to MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2THERE ARE A HOST OF FILMS WITH ACTORS IN A CRUCIFIED POSITION. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2 OPENS WITH A "CRUCIFIED" TOM CRUISE, AND IN FACE OFF JOHN TRAVOLTA DOES A MOCKING CRUCIFIED POSITION. ODDLY ENOUGH, WHEN CBS TV BROADCASTED THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS IN THE JESUS SERIES THEY CUT OUT JESUS' SCREAMS AND THE NAILING OF THIS HANDS. TO SEE THE CENSORED JESUS SCENES, CLICK HERE
Click for larger photoFROM NOBODY TO SAINTLY WORLD SAVIOR..
Rogue has a journey in the film from a rejected nobody to a key player in the salvation of humanity. Her monk-like dress at the train station signifies her spiritual destination and evolution.
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