“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”
20th Century Fox/Marvel Entertainment
Directed by Gavin Hood
Starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Ryan Reynolds, Lynn Collins, Will.i.am, Kevin Durand and Remy LeBeau
20th Century Fox was worried that the online leak of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” would mean disaster for the first big blockbuster of the summer movie season. It turns out that there was no need to fret about the leak, as the film, which wasn’t screened for most critics, turned out to have a rather healthy bite at the box office this past weekend. Perhaps Fox should have spent their time worrying about the film’s quality instead, because while the film does feature plenty of action and special effects, it doesn’t come close to being anywhere as good as either of the first two films in the X-Men franchise.
Set up as an origin story, we first meet Wolverine as a young boy in 1845. He and his brother are mini-mutants, and because they’re almost impossible to kill, they grow up to be super-soldiers in the Civil War, as well as World Wars I and II and Vietnam. Their abilities don’t go unnoticed, which is why General Stryker (Danny Huston) recruits them to join his mutant band of soldiers, known as Team X.
After a mission in Nigeria goes astray, our hero (now played by Hugh Jackman) decides to quit the team and shack up with a Canadian school teacher. His brother (now played by Liev Schreiber) feels betrayed, so he kills the schoolteacher, and thus sets up a blood feud between the two brothers. Hoping to get the upper hand (claw?), Wolverine agrees to allow Stryker to fuse adamantium metal to his bones, not realizing that Stryker has devious plans for the new super-mutant.
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”
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