X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Gavin Hood (2009)

102min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
With his indestructible claws and growling demeanour, Logan aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) was undeniably the most charismatic character in the X-Men franchise. This spin-off prequel capitalises on his crowd-pleasing appeal by revealing his origins and filling out his backstory - he's recruited along with the ferocious Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber) to join an elite mutant special forces team led by William Stryker (the deliciously villainous Danny Huston). A robustly enjoyable opening section lets Jackman breathe real life into the character's attempt to live a normal existence, but then revenge draws him back and the empty pyrotechnics take over. It doesn't help that Gavin Hood (director of the Oscar-winning Tsotsi) makes heavy weather of the comic-book mythology, as the origin story is sacrificed for a string of dull one-on-one battles between indistinguishable super mutants that culminates with a battle on a Three Mile Island cooling tower.

Summary

Years before he joins the superhero team, mutant Logan is a member of a top secret military unit, but quits because he cannot justify his squad's brutal methods. However, when the woman he loves is murdered by his psychotic brother, Logan returns to his old enemies for help in seeking revenge - and is offered the chance to become indestructible. Superhero adventure prequel, starring Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber.

Cast & Crew

Wolverine/Logan Hugh Jackman
Victor Creed Liev Schreiber
William Stryker Danny Huston
Kayla Silverfox Lynn Collins
Remy LeBeau/Gambit Taylor Kitsch
John Wraith Will.i.am
Wade Wilson/Deadpool Ryan Reynolds
Scott Summers Tim Pocock
Director Gavin Hood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Brief nudity, edited for violence and language.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Apr 2009
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