In the near future mankind is mutating thanks to the presence of an 'X-gene' that enables all kinds of amazing powers.
Society is turning against the mutants and they are persecuted at every turn. Thankfully, one man, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), has taken it upon himself to offer other mutants a ray of hope. His school for gifted youngsters is the cover for a facility designed to help mutants come to terms with, and gain control of, their powers. It also serves as the operations base for the X-Men, a group of mutants Xavier has brought together to combat Magneto (Ian McKellen), who is inciting a war between humans and mutants. Arriving in the middle of this battle of wills are two newcomers, the powerful but inexperienced Rogue (Anna Paquin) and the psychotic Wolverine (Hugh Jackman).
Director Bryan Singer has tapped straight into what made the X-Men comics great, and has created the most thought-provoking superhero movie to date. Some complain about the lack of action, but as this is the first part of a planned trilogy, this film's job is to introduce the characters and concepts of the X-Men franchise, and this it does fantastically well.