• X-Men: First Class (2011)

X-Men: First Class

Release Date: June 3rd, 2011

DVD Release Date: September 9th, 2011

PG-13 |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

In the early 1960s, during the height of the Cold War, a mutant named Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) meets a fellow mutant named Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender). Despite their vastly different backgrounds -- Charles grew up with a wealthy family, while Erik lost his parents at Auschwitz -- the two become close friends. As the world teeters on the brink of a nuclear war, Charles and Erik with other mutants join forces to save humanity. However, a situation soon tears the friends apart.

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Oliver Platt, Jason Flemyng

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Genres: Adventure , Fantasy , Action , Science fiction

Production Co: Bad Hat Harry, Donners' Company

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Friend , Rise , Emotional , Love , New York City , 1960s , Pursuit , Gripping ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    An elaborate origins story with more datelines than an issue of Condé Nast Traveler (Oxford! Miami! Argentina! Poland!), X-Men: First Class has some fun trying to explain how Professor X, Magneto, and all those mopey mutants came to be. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Audacious, confident and fueled by youthful energy. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    This prequel draws new energy from supersmart casting, plus the shrewd notion of setting the beginnings of the X-Men saga in the early 1960s. show more

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Nominated Outstanding Action Performance By a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)