X-Men

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE TV GUIDE -

Satur­day, seven, 10pm, M (2000)

With Bryan Singer (The Usual Sus­pects )at the helm, the epony­mous Mar­vel Comics he­roes are du­ti­fully viv­i­fied on film, pre­sented with in­tel­li­gence, wit and style. At the story’s cen­tre is the charis­matic Wolver­ine (Hugh Jack­man), who is in­ducted into a mys­te­ri­ous academy that benev­o­lently har­bours “mu­tants” (hu­mans with ex­tra­or­di­nary pow­ers). Singer suc­ceeds in us­ing an eth­i­cal and moral back­bone with which to ad­dress the nar­ra­tive’s driv­ing is­sue: the dangers of per­se­cu­tion aris­ing from the re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­mans and mu­tants. It’s a vis­ually thrilling and cere­bral look at good ver­sus evil.

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