X-Men Origins Wolverine

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

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  • Apr 6, 2010
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 I have never been more divided with a movie in my life. I both loved and hated this. Sometimes, the things I hated at the start of the movie I would love by the end. The X-Men movies were great. I personally loved all three and a fourth movie, even though it was technically a prequel, was wholly welcome. Hugh Jackman wasn't my ideal choice for the Wolverine character when he appeared in the first X-Men movie but has grown on me over the original trilogy. However, seeing this, I have to question his ability to carry a movie as the main character and have me care about him throughout. Given the fact that it had a higher budget than the first two X-Men movies, I was actually surprised by how different it looked compared to them in terms of overall epic appearance and style. 

Ever wondered how Wolverine became Wolverine? Well this movie starts from the beginning in 1845 when a young Wolverine witnesses the murder of his father by groundskeeper Thomas Logan. Witnessing this event activates, for the first time, young Wolverines mutation (bone claws) and he attacks and kills Thomas Logan. In his dying breath Logan reveals he is Wolverines biological father. Traumatised, Wolverine flees his home with Logan's abused son Victor Creed (Sabretooth) and they both promise to have each others back no matter what. That isn't necessarily true however as we fast forward a few years after seeing them fight and survive numerous wars together, they are introduced to a young Major William Stryker who offers them a chance to join Team X. The team consists of Wade Wilson (Deadpool), Agent Zero, John Wraith (Kestrel), Fred Dukes (Blob) and Chris Bradley (Bolt). The team don't last long as some questionable actions under the leadership of Stryker lead to Wolverine making the conscious choice he doesn't want to be a part of the group and the brotherhood is split. A few more events occur and one which leads to Wolverine becoming part of the weapon X programme and having his bones reinforced with adamantium. He breaks out of the weapon X facility and vows revenge on Stryker. 

There's a bit more to it but it would ruin the movie for you if you haven't seen it already. The story isn't brilliant and the splitting of the supposed unbreakable bond of brothers between Creed and Wolverine is just bizarre. We are given, at the opening credits, the belief that this bond is unbreakable from bother perspectives, but it quickly falls apart as Creed decides he hates his brother and does a lot to mess with his head (again, can't spoil it). Some of the fight scenes were spectacular, my favourite being the one that occurred at the end of the movie. Maybe they were saving the budget for the ending as the look of the ending was miles ahead of the hour and a half that went before. 

The fighting and general effects were good throughout the film but there were moments when the effects seemed rushed and tacky to the point where they seemed like they'd best fit a straight to DVD movie rather than a blockbuster. One moment sticks to mind is when Wolverine is fighting Gambit in a back alley. One part Gambit tries to climb a set of fire escape stairs on the outside of a building but rather than climb after him Wolverine decides to cut them down. This ends up looking completely ridiculous and takes a lot away from the moment that the director is obviously trying to create. Some of the best fight scenes obviously occur between Wolverine and Creed (Sabretooth) as they meet a number of times during the film. 

By far the best part of the film is the short but sweet appearance of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. He's the perfect casting choice for this wisecracking assassin as, although he doesn't wear the classic character costume from the comics, he makes the part his own and if he had a larger role in the film it would have won this movie a higher rating. The movie debut of the Black Eyed Peas Will i Am is an ok one as John Wraith but he doesn't really have that much of an important part to play to really judge on any large aspect of acting ability. The appearance of Gambit played by Taylor Kitsch was a passable if cool moment as the characters short stint in the picture makes for an exciting moment. 

Overall the movie isn't great. The special effects gradually improve as the film progresses and the turned up fantasy factor of the mutant world is definitely welcome. Seeing a young Doctor X and Cyclops is also an interesting moment as you come to see that the makers of this are really looking to tie it in with the X-Men trilogy. Hopefully, in a few years, a new trilogy of X-Men movies will be made and if there is a sequel made to this we will get to see him in the legendary blue and yellow suit. I would say only really give this a go if you're both a fan of the comics and the X-Men movies. As a stand alone, it doesn't work, but as a prequel to films you will have already saw you will enjoy it that little bit more.

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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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