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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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Wolverines special effects put a damper on an otherwise great movie.

  • May 1, 2009
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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 Reynolds did an excellent job as Deadpool. Will.I.Am held his own, and Liev Schreiber was great as Sabretooth. Taylor Kitsch as Gambit, however, did not impress me, but to be fair Gambit is my 2nd favorite X-Men. On the whole, the cast did a great job playing their characters, and the bold choices (Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool?) paid off. The story was fulfilling, and while I am not the biggest X-Men buff, the film didn't break too much canon (although to my knowledge, Deadpool did not share Cyclops' power). On the whole the special effects were great, and the action throughout was spectacular. I think Wolverine fans will enjoy this film, and even the casual viewer (and by that I mean girlfriends whose boyfriends drag them to it) will enjoy it as well. A story laced with action and love is intriguing for anyone.

What was bad -

While I enjoyed the special effects for the most part, Wolverine's claws were not handled well. There are times when they look laughably bad. Given that he is the subject of the movie, you would think that they could have dropped a little more cash to make sure that this claws looked good. There are certain other effects that you will notice throughout that just look wrong, but for the sake of not ruining the movie, I won't name any scenes. My only other major grievance with the film was the Bourne-like filming of the action. Most action scenes could very well induce vomiting, and you are usually left guessing what happened that got Wolverine from one side of the screen to the other. 

Verdict -

While not everyone will get into this movie, I think that it clearly outshines the original X-Men movies. The movie is on the whole well acted and the action, while nauseating at times, is as intense as you would expect. The effects look great, with a few glaring exceptions. I enjoyed this movie, and I highly recommend it to everyone.

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May 28, 2009
I'm seconding that motion. I doubt that many of the negatives you mentioned will bother me since it'll be a film on the small screen for me and I'll just mostly be scoping out Jackman anyhow. =)
 
May 01, 2009
I vote that we coin "Wolverinest" as a word.
 
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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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