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Megaman X (Movie) is an CGI/Live Action, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic Film based on Megaman X games. It is rated PG-13 for violence, some blood and gore, peril, and some scary action.

Plot

A group of Maverick Hunters are trying to stop the rampage of a berserk Mechaniloid that is devastating a building. While Sigma, Zero and the rest of the 17th Unit are already on the ground securing the area, X is dispatched from an aircraft via drop point and delivers the first blow at the Maverick Mechaniloid. During the course of the attack at the Mechaniloid, the berserk robot manages to get hold of one of the Hunters holding him in front of itself in order to protect its already open power generator. X aims for the generator, yet hesitates to fire because of the other Reploid in the way. As he can't bring himself to shoot, Sigma takes action and uses his beamsaber to destroy the generator, cutting off one of the Reploids' arms in the process, thus shutting the Mechaniloid down.

After the Mechaniloid is defeated, X is scolded by Chill Penguin because of hesitation, claiming there would have been many more casualties if Sigma hadn't stopped the robot. While being carried away on a stretcher, the Reploid who was taken hostage tells X not to be hard on himself, citing it was his own fault for getting captured beforehand. Sigma himself then walks over to X, stating that X's aiming capabilities aren't any different from his own and that he easily could have destroyed the generator and there would have been only a small chance that the Reploid previously held hostage by the Mechaniloid would have been hit by the blast. He tells X that there are moments when Maverick Hunters cannot afford to hesitate in a dangerous situation and have to "pull the trigger" in order to save the many while endangering a few and that the Hunters have sworn to be both, sword and shield of those who are not capable of defending themselves.

The unit then returns to the Maverick Hunter HQ. As Zero and X walk inside the assembly hall, they hear two other Hunters talking about the current Maverick uprisings. X then asks what could cause someone to go Maverick and Zero explains that it's due to program errors and shortcuts in the brain of a Reploid which causes someone to go Maverick, the Reploid's unit processing power in general. At that moment, Vile, another member of the 17th Unit, is being brought down the corridor, cuffed and escorted by two Hunter officers.

In another part of the city, Sigma has come to visit Dr. Cain, reporting on this morning's Maverick attack. After being asked how X is doing among the Hunters, Sigma explains that he shows tremendous potential on the battlefield, however it's his worrying about others getting hurt that makes him hesitate when decisive action needs to be taken. Cain agrees, but states that it is his worrying which is also part of his potential and power. He explains to Sigma how he found X and how he utilized his blueprints to create the Reploids which can think and act on their own, yet X is the only one who worries about others, a problem that Sigma doesn't have. For Cain, this ability of worrying could be a new connection between robots and humans, but it is at this point unknown whether this will have a good outcome or not.

Back at the Hunter Base, Zero is reconstructing the earlier situation in which X hesitated to attack via hologram simulation. Rather than X, Zero takes point but hits the Reploid hostage instead of the Mechaniloid's generator, resulting in a 95% success as he only missed the generator slightly. He is then visited by Storm Eagle. The two of them have a short chat about Eagle's duty at the missile base before going back to the assembly hall in which the Operator is holding a briefing about the Mechaniloid attack and that it was most likely a hack attack caused by someone else. Actually, a Mechaniloid's security program shouldn't be so easy to hack, however the Operator states that there is a possibility that someone managed to crack the Hunter Base's systems in order to gain access to the Mechaniloid programs. They also identified one of the sources for the hack attack, which was on 16th Block of the East sector. This surprised Zero and X, due to it being in very close proximity to the Hunter HQ, before inquiring if Sigma had been aware of this. The head operator then informs them that she contacted Sigma regarding this, and that the latter ordered for X and Zero were to investigate. Afterwards, X and Zero are sent to another region of Abel City, from which one of the hack attacks was located.

At Abel City East, 16th Block, a quiet, dark and lonely area of the city, X and Zero investigate the origin of the hack attack, only to find a large number of destroyed Reploids inside the building. The rest of the 17th Unit shows up to investigate the crime scene and the computers there, however all traces have been wiped out, appearing to be an inside job. Sigma arrives as well, asking Zero about what he would make out of the situation. He explains that no matter who did it, the attacker must have had incredible combat skills as every hit the dead Reploids received was directed at a weak spot. Without commenting on Zero's deduction, Sigma leaves and meets with Storm Eagle waiting outside. After nodding towards him, Eagle faces his men and orders them to search the area, as does Chill Penguin's team, leaving Sigma alone at the scene, with the blaring alarms ominously reflecting on his face.

The next day, another berserk Mechaniloid is causing mayhem in Abel City. While the Hunters dispatch in order to stop it, Sigma visits the imprisoned Vile, as Vile asks whether Sigma came to "reprimand [Vile] in person." At the same time, as X and Zero rush to the scene of the berserk Mechaniloid, they're given the orders to return immediately as Vile has just escaped from his cell. Once they arrive, they find a similar scene like the evening before, a hallway full of destroyed Reploids and Zero states that this couldn't have been Vile as he doesn't have that kind of attack capabilities. Zero then noted that the person who did this must have had extensive û combat skills, only to flash back to his report to Sigma, causing him to realize that Sigma is the one responsible for both events. X then asks if the one who released Vile did so as part of a diversion.

Finally, the Hunters managed to track down the location of the hack attack, the Missile Base. Upon arriving, they find Sigma being there as well. In order to hide the signal, the perpetrator used the security systems of the missile base to gain control of the Mechaniloids. Zero, while investigating, then tells Sigma that HQ wasn't able to get in contact with him, with Sigma telling Zero that he had earlier deactivated his comms to "maintain cover", before he ominously states that "none of that matters now." While checking the security terminals, Sigma walks towards Zero from behind, grabbing his saber from his waist. Immediately Zero is able to counter the upcoming attack. Sigma is impressed by Zero having it figured out by now and blocking his attack. Zero explains that only very few have the combat capabilities that precise to have taken out the dead Reploids found at the crime scenes this effectively. Sigma then explains that although he is definitely impressed at Zero's deductive reasoning skills, his admiration for X was the issue, due to X having limitless potential and thus being a great specimen for advancing Reploids.

Sigma then grabs Zero and holds him up, using him as a shield while X is aiming at him. Sigma states that this is exactly the same situation earlier by X before and again, X is hesitating. After taking out Zero with one swift slash of his saber, Sigma grabs the inattentive X, stating that he missed his last chance of stopping his scheme while picking a remote from his belt. After pressing a button on the remote, the bases entire content of missiles are being prepared to be launched, directed at Abel City. Blackmailing X into (literally) disarming, he throws him away, stating that evolution requires sacrifices to be made, before firing the missiles in front of a horrified X. As X tries desperately to stop Sigma, the missiles destroy large parts of Abel City, one of them hitting Dr. Cain's laboratory, seemingly vaporizing the old man.

While impaled by Sigma's saber, X experiences a flashback from his time when he was still under construction by Thomas Light. Light explains that he chose the name "X" for him because it represents a variable in maths which can stand for any number and thus unlimited capabilities. At a later point (X is nearly finished except for his Buster), Light states that X is just like humans, but he fears that mankind is not yet ready to accept an artificial being that is so much like a human, as well as fearing his unlimited potential. At the last part of the flashback (X is now complete), Dr. Light apologizes for not being able to see X enter the world because of his age. Upon saying that he gave X the power to think, feel and evolve as he moves on, he states that it is too soon for such a being to be released, while setting up the capsule X is laying in. X promises to use the powers given to him to fight for justice and hope which makes Light cry slightly. Pleased by X's decision, he asks him to fight for the people of the future and guide them to peace before he seals X away.

When the flashback ends, X's unlimited potential is supposedly unleashed for a moment as his energy crystal and left hand begin to glow. He manages to get free of Sigma's hold before dashing at the Reploid, grabbing his face, giving Sigma his signature scars in the process. However, after this action, X seemly shuts down due to the enormous damage he has already taken. Pleased, Sigma comments on X's action and his potential. Zero regains consciousness and brings X back to the Hunter Base while Sigma stares at the devastated city.

Few hours later, devastation continues, but X arives and realizes that the Mavericks need to be stopped. X teleports to the start of the Central Highway and fights through some of Sigma's Mavericks. At the end of the area, Vile jumps out of a large ship in a Ride Armor and battles X. X is unable to gain any advantage, and is defeated, but a Buster is heard charging up, and suddenly an energy shot appears from off the screen, destroying one of the arms of Vile's Ride Armor. Zero dashes into view, firing his Buster again but narrowly missing Vile as he escapes, while Zero and X both teleport out.

As X had encountered all 8 Maverick bosses, X fights and defeats all eight of Sigma's Mavericks, and receives all armor and weapon upgrades which greatly increase his powers. X and Zero meet in front of Sigma's fortress as they both enter the fortress, Zero dashes ahead. On a higher room of Sigma's fortress, X and Zero meet up again. Vile suddenly drops from the ceiling. Vile flees, and Zero dashes after him. X follows and hears several scuffling noises. X goes through the next door to see Zero in an electric cage with Vile in another Ride Armor. X battles Vile again, but is defeated despite using all of his powerups. Vile laughs and tosses X to the side, trapping him in an energy field. Zero suddenly breaks out of the cage and grabs onto Vile's Ride Armor. Zero charges up to the point of self-destruction and the Ride Armor starts to explode. There is a huge flash of light that throws Zero to the other side of the room. When the light fades away, the Ride Armor is destroyed, but Vile is unscathed. X absorbs the power of the energy field he had been trapped in, and gets to his feet. X battles Vile again and this time he defeats Vile. Vile explodes and X dashes across the room to Zero's side. Zero goes limp and he dies. X gets to his feet and continues on.

X fights through the rest of the fortress and finds Sigma in a tower with a large wolf Mechaniloid. Sigma orders Velguarder to destroy X, but X defeats it. Velguarder explodes as Sigma reappears. Sigma throws his cloak off and draws his Beam Saber. X defeats him, and Sigma appears to explode. After the light fades, Sigma's head is levitated into a giant wolf-like machine similar to Velguarder. X eventually defeats this Sigma's form as well. Final Sigma explodes just as X teleports out of the room.

Sigma’s fortress blows up while X stands on a cliff watching. Then the ending shifts into a flashback where Dr. Cain opens X’s capsule and listens to Dr. Light’s warning message (which is now a video recording). Dr. Light calls X the world’s hope. X looks over at Zero’s bike, then gets on his own and goes for a ride.

As the credits go on, we see Zero who is actually still alive and goes into Maverick Hunter HQ waiting to be repaired. After the end credits end, Axl is being built by a group of scientists.

Production

Tim Burton liked Megaman X games when he was young and he wanted to make the movie based on both the original 1992 game and the remake, Megaman Maverick Hunter X. He hired people from Stan Wiston's Studio (now Legacy Effects) animatronics as well as Blue Sky Studios animations, and the filming and the whole production lasted for 9 years (starting in July 2007 and ending in January 2016), making it the longest production Blue Sky Studios ever made, having to do so in order to make Megaman X film realistic and entertaining at the same time.

Cast

  • Chris Pratt as Megaman X
  • Tom Hanks as Zero
  • Sigourney Weaver as Alia
  • Dave Bautista as Vile (voice)
    • Andrew Garfield as the motion capture animation for Vile
  • Micheal Keaton as Sigma, the main antagonist of the movie
  • Tim Roth as Dr. Cain

Additional casts

  • Robert Downey Jr. as Dr. Thomas Light
  • Zoe Saldana as an unnamed female Maverick Hunter
  • Mark Ruffalo as an unnamed male Maverick Hunter
  • Alen Rickman as Chill Penguin (voice)
  • Tim Alen as Storm Eagle (voice)
  • Tobey Maguire as Sting Chameleon (voice)
  • Tom Hiddleston as Axl

Reception

This film recieved positive reviews and is the most anticipated Movies based on the games in movie history. Rotten Tomatoes reported a 86.5% approval ratings with an average rating about 84/100 based on 217 reviews. It is the most successful game-based movies ever made.

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