X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009

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"X-Men Origins: Wolverine," the first chapter in the X-Men saga, unites Wolverine with several other legends of the X-Men universe, in an epic revolution that pits the mutants against powerful forces determined to eliminate them. The film also introduces a team of mutants, including several whose appearances in the movie series have been long anticipated.

Starring:
Liev Schreiber,Aaron Jeffery
Runtime:
1 hour, 47 minutes

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Gavin Hood
Starring Liev Schreiber, Aaron Jeffery
Supporting actors Dominic Monaghan, Hugh Jackman, Lynn Collins, Danny Huston, Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Henney
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 29 May 2009
Format: DVD
Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the steel-clawed vest wearing mutant from the X-Men comics and film franchise, in this high-octane spin-off movie. Unlike the X-Men films, this movie explores Wolverine's famed berserker rage; telling his back-story and his origins. Liev Schreiber, fresh from playing Daniel Craig's brother in Jewish wartime resistance flick `Defiance', plays Sabretooth, Wolverine's nemesis and half-brother. How the two moved from being siblings to bitter rivals - through their involvement in the nefarious `Weapon X' programme - is one of the main plot strands in this film, and Schreiber's character is very much representative of the dark side of Wolverine's nature, the conflict between the two forming the heart of the movie.

With a love interest in the appealing form of Inuit Indian mutant `Kayla Silverfox'; Black Eyed Peas supremo Will I Am playing teleporting Texan `John Wraith'; the intriguingly named unknown Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch as Cajun mutant and `kinetic manipulator' Gambit'; and relative veteran Danny Huston as the sinister `William Stryker' - the man behind the Weapons X programme - there is plenty of acting talent on show; ex-Hobbit Dominic Monaghan, fresh from his watery exit from TV series Lost even makes a fleeting appearance; is this guy ubiquitous or what?

Overall this is an explosive and highly entertaining take on the comic book mutant and where he came from; it's very much a 'popcorn movie' but still pretty enjoyable; as someone who found that the X-Men movie series had definitely run out of steam by the third installment, I found Wolverine to be pretty similar fare but slightly less indulgent, although the many different mutants and their powers on display make this a real smorgasbord experience rather than a solid story.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dragonlord on 7 Jan. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This X-Men film is set before the first three X-Men films and tells us the story of Wolverine and his twisted brother Sabretooth. The action comes thick and fast with a clever plot for a comic based movie. Deadpool makes a great villian and his final battle with Wolverine is super cool. One of my favourite X-Men heroes Gambit is introduced to us at long last, it only took four films but better late then never. I enjoyed this film just as much as the other three X-Men films and Hugh Jackman is on top form as Wolverine. The blu-ray transfar is razor sharp just like Wolverines claws!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 May 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Somewhere in the distant past, I saw the original X-Men. Since I've never read comic books, that was my introduction to the characters. I don't remember much about it, but I wasn't impressed enough to see either sequel.

Fast forward to a few months back and some friends wanted to re-watch X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Since the story takes place before any of the movies, I figured maybe it would help me appreciate the characters more. Sadly, it also left me unimpressed.

The movie opens with a young boy being pressed and pressed until he reveals his mutant qualities. He has bones in his hands, and when pressed he uses them to kill someone. As a result, he and his brother go on the run.

Their mutant qualities also make them live a long time because we next get a montage that takes them from the opening of 1840 to the present day. After fighting in most major wars, Logan (Hugh Jackman) and victor (Liev Schreiber) have gone their separate ways. Logan is actually living with his girlfriend in Canada and doing his best to behave like a normal human without mutant qualities.

That's when tragedy strikes Logan and he undergoes a process that will turn him into the Wolverine. His reason for doing this? To seek vengeance on those who have wronged him. But what will happen when that hits very close to home?

I've heard lots of good things about this movie, so I sat down ready to sit back and enjoy. Instead, I was left oddly detached. I do think part of the problem is me. Since I don't know the X-Men universe at all, many of the references or cameos meant nothing to me. While my friends were geeking out at them, I was just shrugging my shoulders.

But a big part of the problem is with the plot of the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
The film starts in 1845 and by the time the credits is over, it is up to date. Wolverine and his brother are recruited to fight in a special mutant force. The mutants are never introduced. There is an assumption you know these characters from previous movies or comics. I would not recommend this film as an introduction to X-Men.

The special forces are more brutal than what Wolverine wants to be. "This isn't what we signed up for, " he says as he walks out. He becomes a Canadian and lives quietly like as a lumber jack. His brother is on a rampage...and Wolverine's life becomes disrupted. He must once again fight, only this time he is stronger and is more of a killer.

The movie ties in nicely with the other 4 X-Men movies, which should be viewed to get an overall picture, which is difficult to obtain in this film alone. The acting was sufficient. Good CG, super action and fighting. It has plot twists, so pay attention. The movie sprinkles in the right amount of humor, drama, and truisms into the dialouge to make it a fun watch.
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