Release Date
May 1, 2009
Director
Gavin Hood
Screenplay
David Benioff
Skip Woods
Based On The Comic Books By
Roy Thomas
Len Wein
John Romita, Sr.
Distributed By
20th Century Fox
Budget
$150 million
Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity
107 minutes

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

In the first of the origin series, we follow the most interesting characters, Logan aka The Wolverine, played brilliantly yet again by the talented Hugh Jackman, who has wholly embodied this role from the beginning. The writers of this X-Men endeavor do not skimp on the details as we follow Logan back to when he was a child, as we learn his back story, his connection to half brother Sabretooth (recast as Liev Shreiber) and how he becomes the adamantium-infused monster at the hands of Col. Stryker (recast as Danny Huston). Although the recasting does wonders for the performances in the series, changing preexisting characters used in previous films does absolutely nothing for the continuity of the film.

At times, we’re bombarded with mutants, as we meet Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), John Wraith (will.i.am), The Blob (Kevin Durand), and Bradley (Dominic Monaghan), none of this extremely talented ensemble cast can help the fact that the screenplay is just not that well written. As we have continuous battles between Wolverine and Sabretooth, and zero trust, and therefore almost zero connection, between the characters, there’s little for the audience to latch onto. Pile on top of that the wasting of a high profile character in Deadpool and you see why this film falls to the wayside. However, bringing Hugh Jackman on board keeps this film afloat and delivers an entertaining albeit pretentious glimpse into the world of the X-Men. Somehow I have the feeling that the individual origin films will stop where they started.

 

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