X-Men Origins Wolverine

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

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Oooh, Shiny!

  • May 10, 2009
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Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Young man in a vengeful moment discovers that he's got bones to pick with everyone.
2. His half brother's all for clawing and scratching.
3. Regenerative benefits see them through the Civil War, the World Wars and Vietnam
4. Things get interesting when they get recruited for a select mutant group and sent to recover a valuable object.
5. Brotherly feud intensifies.
6. Young man, now named James Logan (Hugh Jackman) undergoes major surgery and becomes Wolverine.
7. Oooh, Shiny!
8. Rather convoluted story follows, involving lots of CGI, stunts and of course several (mostly underutilized) mutants.
9. Anticlimactic ending is quite unmemorable.

Hugh Jackman will forever be Wolverine, but Liev Schreiber holds his own as the scene-stealing Sabretooth. Throughout their love/hate relationship it's Sabretooth who carries the movie, and if not for Wolverine having nicer claws, it would probably be Sabretooth you'd remember.

See this one for Jackman, Schreiber and the action sequences, not for the plot. (3.5 stars)



Amanda Richards, May 10, 2009

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June 08, 2009
Good review; I wrote one too as I watched it today at my local cinema -- I was underwhelmed and felt it did what it was supposed to do but that's about it. There's a scene after the credits but adds nothing to the story.
 
June 02, 2009
I always watch Hugh Jackman's films for Hugh Jackman. I'm funny that way. =)
June 07, 2009
Not that there's anything wrong with that :)
June 07, 2009
That's right!
 
May 12, 2009
"See this one for Jackman, Schreiber and the action sequences, not for the plot. (3.5 stars)" Wow, dead on appraisal. My big problem with this film was that it focused entirely too much on action. Since the title is "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" you would think that there would be a greater attention to, well, origins of characters. What this film lacks, that the first two X-Men films didn't, is that it fails to explain each character's backstory or their unique powers. instead they just throw more and more special effects on screen. Still, it's a fun flick. :)
May 16, 2009
Definitely a fun action flick. Loved Schreiber especially
May 16, 2009
Yeah, he was a vast improvement over Tyler Mane who played Sabretooth in the original X-Men film. I was a little sad to see Brian Cox replaced though. :(
 
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review by . May 01, 2009
For young kids across the world X-Men Origins: Wolverine may be one of the coolest movies of the summer but, for me and others who have grown up in the comic & cartoon era this is one of the moments we have been waiting on for a long, long time. Needless to say waiting for this movie for so long had me entirely geeked up.    Cut to the moment of truth. The room darkens, the screen brightens and I'm tagging along for one of the greatest movie nights I have had in years. From …
review by . June 01, 2010
Not being a fan for the comic book films or video game films (both of which seem to dominate the theater screens today) this viewer watched X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE on one of those 'there is nothing else on TV to watch' evenings. And surprise! The film is not that bad. Yes, it is corny and rather geared to young impressionable audiences, but the surprise is that the actors participating in this very slow weak script by David Benioff and Skip Woods seem to believe in it - or at least tongue in cheek …
review by . April 06, 2010
 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 …
review by . May 01, 2009
For fans of the X-Men, Wolverine was a movie way overdue. While the film has gotten mixed reviews already (seeing as the movie leaked over a month before it was released), I thoroughly enjoyed myself. To clarify, this review is on the fully mastered movie (the leaked copy was not finished and was not polished like it should have been).    What was good -  Hugh Jackman is at his Wolverinest, and his supporting cast was surprisingly good. In particular, I thought Ryan …
review by . May 11, 2009
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Growing up, Wolverine was always my favorite superhero.  I collected all of the toys, the comic books, the trading cards.  I loved the Saturday morning X-Men cartoon.  Wolverine and I were best buds...or so I imagined.  When I first heard about the Origin comic, I was ecstatic!  I mean common, this is the story that all Wolverine fans had been waiting for!  We finally got to know where Logan came from and everyone was happy.  Then, after the third X-Men film, they …
review by . May 18, 2009
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 …
review by . May 01, 2009
X-men Origins is a re-telling of Marvel's Weapon X series featuring James Logan, a Canadian soldier destined to become Wolverine. The movie starts in 1840s Canada with the then young Logan and his half-brother Victor Creed - the man destined to become Sabertooth. The film's cinemagraphics are shown early as the two brothers battle through some of the most historically relevant military battles. As they battle beside each other, it becomes apparent that these two men will share a similar future...and …
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2009
Totally exceeded my expectations. My second favorite X-Men film.
review by . August 20, 2009
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a worthless entry in this popular movie series adapted from the classic Marvel superhero team. In short: The movie is a simple, soulless action movie that really doesn't give justice to its primary characters. No character ever has a chance to develop a distinct personality, and we only understand Logan because of the fact that he has been a key player in three other films.     Hugh Jackman is a wonderful, very promising actor who is somewhat typecast …
review by . May 09, 2009
Before starting my review I just want to say that I have never read an X-Men comic. What this means in relation to this review is that other than watching the X-Men cartoon growing up (and the other X-Men movies of course) I am not well versed on the X-men mythology. That said...  I really enjoyed this movie. While Hugh Jackman as Wolverine may not have been short or stocky enough, his facial expressions and growly voice were perfect. Ryan Reynolds was great as the mouthy Deadpool (and …
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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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