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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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Despite the Claws, I Emerge Unscathed. Yeeeessssss!

  • May 18, 2009
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I'm lucky! Usually when I see a bad flick, I feel as if my day has been ruined. Am I granting too much power to the smoke and mirrors of cinema? Of course! That's why I spend all that money on tickets and popcorn. And, yes, if the movie is bad, I mean, that bad...then an entire day is shot and I must wait until the next to begin anew.

But that didn't happen with Wolverine. I came out of this one feeling pretty much the way I went going in: neutral. How they managed to pull that off, or rather, not pull off anything at all is altogether amazing. I mean, how do you mess this one up?

Well, for one,  the recitative in the beginning is somewhat rushed. If the intent was for the audience to feel a connection between Logan and Victor then the connection just didn't happen. Nor did the love story evoke much of a reaction for me. By the time Logan is standing over the body of his ol' lady, my feelings were neutral. And since these two elements inspire Logan's motivation for the rest of the movie, I had an equally vapid reaction as he went about bulldozing his way for vengeance, which by the way is the plot of the movie.  Only to an uninspired film studio (I won't blame the writers for this) do we tack such a simplistic motive on a character as deceptively simple as Wolverine. Had the studios rewatched their own movies – X-Men 1 thru 3 – they would realize that Wolverine is a little more complicated than this. Unfortunately, while "Wolverine" is a mostly forgetable-flick, it still manages to remind me of just how much wood there is in Hollywood blockbusters. Somehow adding more "spice" to their movies has resulted in their remarkable blandness. More explosions, more erotica, and more one-liners have equated to plateaued plots and sedated stories. Towards the 2nd act of Wolverine, I drifted into a mild sleep. My friend woke me up, but later apologized when he realized that it would have been better to let me rest.

No apology needed.

These days I consider movies like "Wolverine" to be another mark in the win column for film going. Usually I have to fight to put an awful movie out of my mind. I consider myself unscathed by something as inane and innocuous as this.

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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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