X2: X-Men United

Theatrical Release: May 2, 2003
DVD Release: November 15, 2003
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).

Dove Review

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.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Passionate kissing by a couple.
Language: J-1; G/OMG-9; H-5; S-3; A-1; D-1; Slang for male genitalia-1; Slang for breast-1
Violence: Wolverine is shot in the head by a police officer, but his wound heals; cars explode; many people are shot, but no blood is shown; one man is set on fire by a mutant and another mutant freezes him; a character puts cigarette out on own hand and burns himself but then heals himself; darts are shot into man's arms; a character stabs others with his claws; man hit with bullet but survives; needle seen in woman; blood seen in water; woman is scratched on face by a character.
Drugs: Smoking; smoking of cigars; a truth serum is shot into character's neck; a child is given a sedative; drinking in a bar; a man is given a shot although not seen.
Nudity: One female villain is dressed in a scaly, skin-tight outfit that makes her look as if she has nothing on. Although the camera does not lecherously linger on her, she is shown on camera more than she was in the original "X-Men" film; cleavage; shirtless men; a man is seen in underwear.
Other: The film propagates evolution. Parents should discuss this theory vs. creation with their children. The character Nightcrawler is shown to have a strong faith in God; the Lord's Prayer and 23rd Psalm are both quoted.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Zak Penn and David Hayter
Director: Bryan Singer
Producer: Lauren Shuler Donner
Genre: Action
Runtime: 135 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter