The Wolverine

The Wolverine

James Mangold (2013)

120min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The second solo outing for Hugh Jackman's clawed mauler is a definite improvement on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This Far East adventure begins with mardy mutant Logan in the depths of despair following the events of X-Men - the Last Stand. However, he's persuaded to leave his mountain retreat and travel to Tokyo to see an old friend, who promises to remove his healing power and relieve him of the burden of immortality. But it's not long before yakuza and ninjas crash the reunion, as a clan turf war erupts. Director James Mangold makes great play of the fish-out-of-water element of the story and Wolverine's status as a ronin (a masterless samurai), while a beefed-up Jackman rises to the occasion with a powerful but restrained performance. There are some exhilarating workouts for the hero (on a superfast train, in a battle with ninjas that recalls Kurosawa's Throne of Blood), one or two unexpected turns of events, and formidable femmes fatales in acrobatic samurai Rila Fukushima and slinky Svetlana Khodchenkova, who plays a venomous chemist with her own set of deadly claws. However, extended romantic interludes with clan princess Tao Okamoto and the need to include standard blockbuster action scenes hinder Mangold's valiant attempt to deliver a film to match the game-changing quality of X-Men: First Class and Avengers Assemble. But it at least whets appetites for the next big X-fest, Days of Future Past.

Summary

The former member of the X-Men is lured out of hiding and travels to Japan, where a dying businessman offers him the chance to give up his immortality for a normal life. He ends up robbed of his superhuman powers by a mysterious scientist and is forced to protect the tycoon's granddaughter from a secret conspiracy's assassins. Superhero adventure spin-off, starring Hugh Jackman and Tao Okamoto.

Cast & Crew

Wolverine/Logan Hugh Jackman
Mariko Tao Okamoto
Yukio Rila Fukushima
Shingen Hiroyuki Sanada
Viper Svetlana Khodchenkova
Yashida Haruhiko Yamanouchi
Harada Will Yun Lee
Jean Grey Famke Janssen
Director James Mangold
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Jul 2013
Drama