Brimming with amazing action courtesy of the likes of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, this is a fabulous sequel to the original 2000 X-Men film.

Using a maverick mutant’s attack on the White House as his excuse, malicious US government man Brian Cox declares war on Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his mutant community.

Xavier is taken captive, but sharp-clawed Wolverine is soon organising a spectacular fight back.

His extended clash with a female opponent of similar powers is just one of the many outstanding action scenes, but it’s the fact that Ian McKellen’s villainous Magneto is, at least temporarily, on his side that gives the story its biggest boost.

Magneto’s sidekick Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) stirs up some standout shape-shifting suspense and Alan Cumming is a hoot as the mild-mannered mutant Nightcrawler.