X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Promising - Lorraine

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Viewer Rating:Lorraine has rated X-Men Origins: Wolverine rating: 3 Star

The title says it all. X-Men Origins: Wolverine tells the story of metal-clawed Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) before he joined Professor Xavier's band of misfit mutants in the X-Men series. The film begins in the 1800's with Wolverine, or Jimmy Logan as he was then known, killing his father with his newly discovered claws. He and his similarly equipped brother Victor (later played by Liev Schreiber) run away together and during a thoroughly engaging sequence, use their abilities to fight in a series of wars. The US government eventually notices the brothers' 'talents' during the Vietnam War and recruits them to carry out shady military operations with a team of other mutants including Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Chris Bradley/Bolt (Dominic Monaghan) and John Wraith (Will.i.Am). The team is lead by the charismatic General Stryker (Danny Huston), whose motives are more than a little suspect. Logan eventually cuts ties with the team when his brother's disregard for human life becomes overwhelming. Skip forward several years and Stryker is busy scheming, trying create an unstoppable super-mutant. Meanwhile, Wolverine's happily living the quiet life in the Canadian Rockies with the love of his life. The two worlds collide when Victor-now more familiar as Sabretooth- comes looking for his brother. From here on in, the film is a fairly standard revenge story with a few twists. The Wolverine of Origins isn't half as likeable as he is in the X-Men films- he's nowhere near as cocky and quick with the one-liners. The main point of the second half of the film seems to be to make the audience gasp at Jackman's physique (impressive) and the computer generated effects (not so impressive). We're expected to ignore inconsistencies in the story and most annoyingly, the lacklustre chemistry between Jackman and the girl who drives his actions. That said, Jackman and Schreiber have great onscreen chemistry and Liev is surprisingly convincing as Sabretooth. The supporting cast is excellent, particularly Huston and Ryan Reynolds as you've never seen him before. There's even a quick digitally altered cameo from Patrick Stewart. While the film is far from perfect, fans of the other X-Men movies won't be disappointed and Wolverine is a promising beginning to a new series of films.

Review published on the 30 April 2009 15:47

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