X-Men Origins - Wolverine

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Though Hugh Jackman gives his all, he can't help X-Men Origins: Wolverine overcome a cliche-ridden script and familiar narrative.



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The gruff, adamantium-clawed Marvel superhero Wolverine strikes out on his own in this X-Men spin-off starring series regular Hugh Jackman. The story gets under way as the boy who will become Wolverine makes a shocking discovery about his family bloodline, and gains a brother in the process. Flash forward to find the mutant siblings battling side by side through two world wars and Vietnam -- where they are sentenced to death for killing a commanding officer -- and Logan (Hugh Jackman) and his brother, Victor Creed (aka Sabretooth, played by Liev Schreiber), have joined a top-secret government task force. When their targets begin to include innocent civilians, conscientious Logan escapes to the Canadian Rockies, where he builds a home with pretty schoolteacher Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins). Informed by his old commanding officer William Stryker (Danny Huston) that the members of his old team are being targeted for death, Logan is heartbroken when Victor finds and kills Kayla. Vowing revenge, Logan agrees to take part in a dangerous experiment that will fuse his bones with a powerful metal alloy called adamantium, which makes him virtually indestructible and gives him the strength needed to defeat his powerful brother. Subsequently betrayed by Stryker, Logan (now Wolverine) sets out to find his blood-lusting brother and stop the cycle of violence once and for all. Along the way, the temperamental hero is joined by fellow mutants John Wraith (Will.i.Am) and Remy LeBeau (aka Gambit, played by Taylor Kitsch). But before Wolverine can seek vengeance against Striker and his brother, he'll have to do battle with Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) a formidable mutant instilled with many powers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Hugh Jackman
as Logan/Wolverine
Liev Schreiber
as Victor Creed/Sabretooth
Danny Huston
as William Stryker
Lynn Collins
as Silver Fox
Ryan Reynolds
as Wade Wilson/Deadpool
Dominic Monaghan
as Chris Bradley/Bolt
Daniel Henney
as David North/Agent Zero
Taylor Kitsch
as Remy LeBeau/Gambit
as John Wraith
Kevin Durand
as Fred Dukes
Scott Adkins
as Weapon XI
Tim Pocock
as Scott Summers
Julia Blake
as Heather Hudson
Max Cullen
as Travis Hudson
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  • Mar 09, 2017
    Hugh Jackman is as pitch perfect as ever, but X-Men Origins: Wolverine is plagued by an overabundance of characters, erratic and disjointed pacing, and unfinished looking special effects.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2017
    Because of all the continuity inconsistencies in the X-Men universe, I had forgotten quite a bit. Particularly, I forgot just how unfortunately mishandled X-Men Origins: Wolverine was. Hugh Jackman is one of the finest actors of our generation, and is quite good in the film, but he got stuck with a mess of a movie. This was another movie that nearly killed the franchise. Before I get to the bad, and there's a lot of bad, let's talk about the good. I love me some Liev Schreiber and he absolutely kills it as Sabretooth. A whole lot better than whatever the heck that version of Sabretooth we got in the first X-Men, anyway. I know it was controversial to make him and Wolverine brothers, but I dug it. Ironically, I don't think he's called anything besides Victor Creed in the film. No matter, Schreiber brings a calm but vicious presence, similar to Jackman's Wolverine, which makes him the perfect antagonist. Oh, how I wish the film kept the focus on them. Logan and Victor went through many wars and battles together, but they weren't always the only ones with special abilities taking on bad guys. Under the command of William Stryker, Logan and Victor fought on Team X (similar to X-Force), with the help of The Blob, Kestrel, Bolt, and none other than Deadpool. However, this only consists of 15 minutes or so of the film, and it only adds to confusing direction of this film. It really feels like the director, Gavin Hood, was forced to include several unnecessary mutants and cameos that were so far removed from the overall plot. A gratuitous fight with The Blob, a completely unnecessary role for Gambit, and a random appearance by Professor X and Scott Summers, really? The film's strengths lie with the performances of Jackman, Schreiber, and a solid turn from Lynn Collins as Kayla Silverfox. Though, that performance from Collins is slightly undercut by a confusing character turn in the third act. The tone is not as much of the problem as I originally remembered. It's really the questionable studio decisions, including a legendarily awful mistake made with Deadpool (which I refuse to even discuss), that flush this film into a deep dark hole of comic-book hell. For some reason the Wolverine character has been a tough one to crack by himself on screen. Hopefully, 'Logan' can change that. +Logan & Victor +There's a good story in there somewhere -So many unnecessary characters & cameos -Bounces around and wanders too much -One of the worst endings of all time 4.7/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2016
    bias enters the equation here as i'm a fan of the x-men as a whole. however much of a fan though (i really wanted to like it) it's a bit of a stretch to call it anything other than your average basic actioner. the last stand was a step down from the first two of the franchise and this was a further step down. the action was banal and i just didnt find myself caring about the characters. the major highlight for me was having gambit appear who was my childhood favourite from the animated tv series.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2016
    Although the film is a mediocre mess packed with cringeworthy dialogue and awful special effects - it's so bad it's good.
    Sean T Super Reviewer

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