X-Men: the Last Stand (12A)

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As an allegory of otherness, the film displays impeccable liberalism in arguing against the idea of a "cure" for mutants: can't we, it asks, just all get along together? McKellen's arch-villain Magneto makes it clear that togetherness, for some people, really isn't an option, and orchestrates his very own Götterdämmerung on the former site of Alcatraz - you won't believe what he's done with the Golden Gate Bridge... Journeyman director Brett Ratner has been saddled with too many characters and not enough action for this finale, but he does at least have the good grace to keep the running time well below two hours.

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