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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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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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
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dragonlord TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 8 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
Origin stories tend to be a bit of a drag, I mean watching Spider-Man, X-Men, Wolverine and so on it feels like these franchise openers fulfil an almost obligatory back story that simply sets up a far more interesting instalment, the sequels to Spiderman and X-Men were both vastly superior to their predecessors and if Wolverine gets a second chance on his own which I'm sure he will, then maybe justice will be done to he character. As a story X-Men Origins: Wolverine is routine enough, savage family tragedy sets Logan off with his antagonistic, deranged half brother Victor Creed (played menacingly to terrific effect by Liv Schreiber) whom he fights alongside in he civil war, both World Wars, as well as Vietnam. Things are going well until Victor decapitates a senior officer which long story short brings a mysterious army colonel William Stryker (Danny Huston) into the mix. He offers the brothers a chance to work alongside fellow mutants that include samurai sword wielding mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), teleporter John Wraith (will.i.am), The Blob (Kevin Durand), technopath Chris Bradley (Dominic Monaghan) and lethal marksman Agent Zero (Daniel Henney) in a covert military unit under Strykers command. It's here the movie enjoys it's finest spell, watching Reynolds mouth off as Wade in a role he was born to play, and the team showcasing their respective talents during an infiltration of an African stronghold is as good a sequence in a Marvel superhero outing that I've ever seen.

Alas this carefree fun comes to an abrupt end when Logan witness an atrocity committed by the group and deserts his comrades for the quiet life in the Canadian Rockies with a sweet school teacher (Lynn Collins) in a cosy cabin while Logan makes a honest living as a lumberjack.
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Format: Blu-ray
It’s a plot that is more complicated on paper than it should be. Writing a summary so full of twists, deception and mutants into a coherent summary is proof to show that the script itself was unfinished and subject to re-writes even as the film was shooting, so director Gavin Hood was really on a slippery slope even before the film was complete.

In a film that should be far darker, grittier and brutal than it is we are treated to a family friendly mix of poor CGI, numerous action sequences, dizzying camera work, frantic edits and a host of fan-pleasing mutants that detract from the origin story itself. Wolverine himself should have been subjected to an origin story with more heart and soul to show his transition from lone warrior to a figurehead of mutant resistance in a dangerous world. Instead he is hampered by a very weak story that is simply there to join the dots leading to the original trilogy rather than actually show an origin.

Hugh Jackman is always pleasing to watch in a role he really has made his own, but he is wasted in numerous scenes where all he does is growl, snarl and shout. Muscles bulge and eyebrows rise in a show of his visible strength on screen, but he never is given the chance to look deeper into the soul of Wolverine and what choices and decisions made him such a stand-out character in comic history. There’s more to him than retractable claws, but Hood seems to spend a majority of the film extending and retracting the adamantium claws with horrendous sound effects to the point it becomes boring and makes Wolverine a one-trick pony. He shouts and fights bloodless battles. That’s it. He could have been so much more.
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