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X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

This is the prequel to the three X-Men movies which explains Wolverine’s
origins. Logan (Jackman) and his brother Victor (Schreiber) join Team
X, a covert military unit comprised of mutants headed by Colonel
William Stryker (Huston). But when Logan sees the group commit a
heinous crime he quits the team and finds solace working as a
lumberjack in the Canadian Rockies. But as he searches for peace the
dark world he has been trying to escape draws him back in.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

A rippling muscle bound and with his biggest six pack to date Hugh
Jackman gets his claws back into Wolverine – the role that launched his
stellar Hollywood career. Jackman does not disappoint as the fierce
fighting machine, with steel like claws, a razor sharp wit, a nasty
temper and a penchant for chomping on cigars. But he has definitely met
his match with Liev Schreiber who is just as lethal and as powerful as
Sabretooth aka Wolverine‘s brother. He gives a magnetic performance
practically stealing every scene he appears in. Sadly unlike Danny
Huston who lacks the charisma and gravitas of Brian Cox who played
Stryker in ‘X2.’ It is unfortunate because this is one of the film’s
pivotal characters – the one that shapes and makes Wolverine into the
badass and angry mutant we have come to love.
The rest of the mutant gang do not fair as well either. Reynolds is
frankly wasted as Deadpool, skilled at swordplay and able to slice
bullets in half. He is one of the most interesting characters with
great style and a sense of humour who is cut off in his prime. Also
Taylor Kitsch as Gambit seems surplus to requirements although his
appearance maybe to appease fans who have reportedly been hankering for
him to feature in the X-Men films for years. And of course Will.i.am
from the Black Eyed Peas.
Gavin Hood, who wrote and directed the Oscar winning Tsotsi, was a
curious choice as director but he manages to produce a non stop action
packed rollercoaster ride spanning 150 years. During the opening
scenes we watch Logan and Victor fight together in the American Civil
War, the two world wars and Vietnam and they neither age nor die. We
also learn through flashback about Logan’s troubled childhood.
It is a film that dots all the i’s and crosses all the t’s as far as
Wolverine’s back story is concerned. It basically does what it says on
the tin and makes for a highly enjoyable and entertaining first of the
prequels of the summer blockbusters.

Opens nationwide 29th April 2009

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