X-Men Origins Wolverine

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

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"Wolverine" Just Scratches 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 announced the Wolverine film!  In my mind, there was no possible way anyone could make a bad Wolverine film, The X-Men films were great.  Well, I'm not saying they made a bad film, but it wasn't spectacular either.

Right off the bat, my biggest problem with  Wolverine was the fact that they completely went and changed the origin story.  The very, very beginning was correct, but when Logan runs off with Victor, it infuriated me.  For anyone who has read the Origin comic, we all know that he runs off with Rose, not Victor.  I'm guessing the reason they did this was to add more drama and story for when the two go their separate ways in the film, but in truth, they always were against each other, even as kids.  They producers just jazzed it up so they could have a more entertaining and action packed film.

My other problem with Wolverine is its cast.  For the most part, it was a pretty good cast, but what a complete waste of Ryan Reynolds' talent.  I mean they guy is one the funniest actors out there today and then you have this great scene with him using that talent and all of a sudden, no more Ryan Reynolds until the very end of the film...with no mouth!  If you are going to take away this actors talent in comedy in the role of Deadpool, don't cast him, because he is worth more than the amount of time he had on screen.  Having said all of that, Hugh Jackman completely comes back into this amazing role.  He really is Wolverine; he is a character that Jackman was born to play, and wow do I want to be like Mike.  Liev Schrebier also does an amazing job as the man who will one day become Sabertooth.  The guy who orignially played him was very blah, yet with Schrebier, you get this great feel of pure animal instinct coming from him, a character who was born to kill.  You also really got  a sense that both characters really hated each other which I think is very important for the Wolverine/Sabertooth story, especially if they follow it in future films, which is hinted at after the credits role and we see Wolverine in a familiar place...Japan.

Lost in some of the major flaws in this film is a really fun, heart-pounding action movie.  When you combine explosions with swords and mutants, you're bound to have a good time.  There are some films that go WAY over the top with action such as Live Free or Die Hard (though still and awesome movie), but Wolverine does a good job mixing the story of the character with greatly executed action sequences.  I have never seen a battle on top of a nuclear power plant before, so I thought that was pretty amazing.  Obviously, some of it is going to cross the believability threshold,  but add in the mutant factor and that takes care of that.

If you are looking for a fun action film this weekend, this is probably the one, but if you are a die hard Wolverine fan like myself, then you are going to be unhappy with a portion of this film.  Also, they should have taken the Wolverine bit out of the title because this film really is just X-Men: Origins, not just Wolverine.  A bit disappointing, but fun none the less, 3/5.  
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May 16, 2009
Yup, pretty much summed that up. Very nice review. What did you think of the much-maligned third X-Men film, "The Last Stand"?
 
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review by . May 18, 2009
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review by . May 01, 2009
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review by . August 20, 2009
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review by . May 09, 2009
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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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