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X-Men Origins Wolverine

The 2009 prequel to the X-Men film series focuses on the Wolverine character.

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A good look at Wolverines past but nothing else.....

  • Dec 30, 2009
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The one thing that always intrigued me the most about the X-men was the back story of Wolverine. Who was he originally? Where did he come from? And why do him and Sabertooth have a grudge against each other? All these questions I thought would be answered here, and they were but something was missing from the film itself that made the first three entries complete. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was missing the brains, the heart, the smarts and the soul of the original films and the comics that came before it.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine has the ferocity and spirit to continue the The X-men series but it lacks what made them great. The humor is almost completely gone and is replaced with dull and very, very dry jokes that almost kill the movie. The action sequences are great and well staged but the CGI is extremely poor and that doesn't help much either, it just brings the film down to a lower standard. The acting is on par between acceptable and bad, but that is not the point of the film to be well acted It's just meant to be hardcore, out of control fun that it the real point of the film and even then it falls short of being fun at some parts. But this film is good fun,nothing new or spectacular, just good old fashion escapism with a clique plot and bad acting. But all in all not as bad as it could have been.

Hugh Jackman is good as Wolverine but here he is trying far too hard to elevate the material above average, but sadly can't due to the poor direction of Gavin Hood and the terribly written srcipt. But he gives it his all and that is something to account for. Liev Schreiber is one of the few class acts in this film, he pulls off Sabertooth with great cunning and skill but even he falters sometimes with his stereotypical villain that is at moments less than appealing and not so evil, but Schreiber does good. Ryan Reynolds is the savior and the scene stealer all in one package. His portrayal of one of Marvels most popular characters Deadpool(Of which I am a fan.) is nothing short of cool, funny and brilliant, he is one reasons to see this picture. He may not have allot of screen time but he makes due with it and helps bring this show up to par. But none the less the cast tries hard and fails to elevate the material above standard but they do give a good show and that alone makes this movie worth watching.

X-men Origins: Wolverine had a good idea, It knew what it wanted to do and what to aim for but it misses by a mile. Is it entertaining? Yes it is. Is it good movie making? No. Does it give you what you want? Yes it does, but not enough of it, so the bottom line is that Wolverine is not the worst of The X-men series or even the worst comic book adaption for that matter. It just wasn't well made or well thought out enough to deliver the great and brilliant movie going experience we expected. All in all it's passing entertainment.
A good look at Wolverines past but nothing else.....

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October 21, 2010
yeah man Ryan Reynolds is great here.
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review by . July 17, 2010
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review by . May 03, 2009
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Seeking to further capitalize on the popularity of Marvel's favorite mutant group, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is a prequel of sorts to the X-men trilogy. I'll get right to the point, if you thought Bret Rattner's "X-Men Last Stand" was a mockery of the franchise, then "Wolverine" provides some redemption. This latest spin-off won't exactly offer anything groundbreaking but it is an improvement over Rattner's version. Director Gavin Hood‘s …
review by . July 13, 2010
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Disappointing.  I wanted to like this movie.  I really did! But by the end of it I not only wanted my money back but I also wanted to strangle Wolverine.  Yes, one of the greatest X-Men comes across as nothing more than a whiny, mopey, emo...kitten.  He spends a large portion of the film either mourning his past or his girlfriend.  Eventually you just want to scream at him "Get over it and kick some butt!"       The only saving grace of …
review by . February 05, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
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There used to be two stakes in the heart to any superhero series. The first is making a third movie with so many villains it's just hard to focus (Spider Man 3, for example) while the other is making a fourth movie. Yet it seems there could be another stake... making a prequel.
Quick Tip by . August 05, 2010
Purely average action film that is more enjoyable the less you know of the other movies and this movie's characters. Lots of action and Hugh Jackman is awesome as always.
review by . August 28, 2009
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I was never a huge X-Men fan, but I enjoyed the first three X-Men movies. Between Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, and Hugh Jackman, they had a strong cast that made the movies slightly more than just an adaptation of a comic book.     X-Men Origins: Wolverine has a lot going for it. It has a good soundtrack, strong acting (Hugh Jackman is really raw), and the effects pretty good. Unfortunately, X-Men Origins: Wolverine doesn't rise to the level of its predecessors. For whatever …
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
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a good addition to the series. lots of action and some pretty good special effects. you finally get to learn more about wolverines background.
Quick Tip by . July 25, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
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thoroughly disappointed. The hype of Gambit was disappointing. Most of the character stories and plot had nothing to do with the comic.
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Wolverine is a 2009 Action, SciFi film by Academy Award-winning director Gavin Hood. This X-Men spin off, stars Hugh Jackman as James Logan, the mutant who eventually becomes Wolverine and struggles to find the secrets to his past. The film tells the origin story of how Logan emerged from a barbaric experiment as an indestructible mutant with retractable razor-sharp claws and awakes the pain and loneliness once forgotten. In this thriller, Wolverine battles his complex relationship with Victor Creed (who later becomes Sabertooth) and seeks revenge for the death of his girlfriend, ultimately going through the mutant Weapon X program.

Hugh Jackman appears alongside the cast of Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), John Wraith (william), Victor Creed/Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), and Col. William Stryker (Danny Huston). The screenplay was written by David Benioff and Skip Woods. Wolverine was filmed throughout New Zealand, Australia & Canada.

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Director: Gavin Hood
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: May 1, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: David Benioff
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
Runtime: 1hr 47min
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