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X-Men Origins: Wolverine [DVD] (2009)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2010
I enjoyed the movie, definately better than Xmen3 but playing this on my PS3 through a theatre system this is the only DTS HD blueray that doesn't give me optical surround sound. Very disappointed shelling out for this!
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on 13 April 2015
Absolutely brilliant especially Will I am
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on 11 December 2014
fantastic to see from start, good quality
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on 24 August 2014
Loved it! Better thsn the last wolverine
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.

As for the supporting cast, they try their best with the material given but again they come across uninspired and boring with nothing to do except snarl and fight and shout once more. Schreiber as Creed mirrors Jackman in most scenes, enhanced with CGI for his acrobatic fighting skills. Huston chews over his Bryan Cox-template of Stryker but never hits the highs of what he should be. As for the other mutant cast, they are simply there to provide more action, more CGI fun and more fan pleasing appearances rather than adding to the story and giving some depth to Wolverine himself rather than just nudge him forward in each scene as he bumbles along to the final outcome. I must enforce that Jackman isn't the problem here; the film itself it.

Even the finale is a mix of over-used CGI and repetitive fight scenes, again become a little stale once you see the usual claw/slow-mo/fast edit combo used dozens of times before. With plot devices that skew the timeline established with ‘X-Men: First Class’ in an attempt to erase ‘Origins’ from the timeline, the inclusion of an awful CGI Patrick Stewart as Professor X, a cameo from a young Cyclops and diamond-skinned Emma Frost (all represented far differently in ‘X-Men: First Class remember), this tries too hard to please the popcorn blockbuster fans who drink up action, action and more action.

To name some positives...Hugh Jackman doesn't let us down, and the soundtrack by Harry Gregson-Williams is rather bombastic in places and works well. That's about it. It's a film so full of promise, but handled so badly with no care for the source material or audiences.

That may work for some superheroes, but regarding the brutal and bloody roots surrounding the Wolverine character, this DOESN’T work and just leaves a bland, boring and wasted opportunity in place of something that wouldn’t be rectified for nearly 5 years.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2011
There are no other words to describe this film except epic! I am a huge fan of the Wolverine comic series, but even if you are not, this is still an amazing (and my favourite) film! The plot is basically about a corrupt top secret military-like part of the candaian government (Weapon X), Weapon X murder the wife of a mutant (wolverine) who has claws, then trick him by telling him that they can give him the need for revenge (Wolverine does not know it was them), they make Wolverine invincible and then turn against him, Woilverine escapes, there is a big fight/chase scene with helicopters and armoured vehicles and soldiers and Wolverine where everything blows up, Wolverine teams up with Gambit (another mutant who had been captured by Weapon X and escaped) to attack the Weapon X base and free all the other mutants that are being held prisoner there, Wolverine discovers that his wife was not really murdered and that she is working with Weapon X, Wolverine's brother Sabretooth who worked with Weapon X and Wolverine's wife betray Weapon X to team up with Wolverine, Wolverine and Sabertooth fight Deadpool (a mutant working for Weapon X with swords, laser-eyes and teleporting powers), the entire base practically blows up during the fight, Wolverine's wife is killed by Weapon X soldiers, Gambit helps the other mutant prisoners escape, Wolverine is shot by the leader of Weapon X with a special bullet which wipes his memory, Wolverine and Gambit escape, the leader of Weapon X is arrested by the Canadaian military police.
Overall: EPIC!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2010
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the beginning of a possible series of movies about the most remarkable characters of the universe of X-Men mutants. It tells the story of James, a boy to discover that their mutant powers as a child is forced to flee and then fight endless wars and persecution by humans always end up being recruited by William Stryker for a group of mutant mercenaries in the service of the U.S. government. Among several twists of history, being chased and tormented, seeing the woman in your life to be dead, he now thinks only of revenge that plagued all his life and it joins the Weapon X project, where he earns his famous "Adamantium - virtually indestructible alien metal - and his famous nickname: Wolverine.
Director Gavin Hood as director in itself is not very experienced with large productions, but has worked so spectacularly well done, that really gets to come face to face with mastery forward to Watchmen. Wolverine in his own universe was depicted in detail and affection frighteningly exciting. From his childhood to his amnesia, we see a visual spectacle with few precedents. The action scenes are at least exciting and I'm sorry for the choreography that the actors and stuntmen had to go to achieve that effect. No wonder it had reshoots.
While acting, talking about Hugh Jackman is rain in the wet. The guy was born in Hollywood thanks to the mutant canine and certainly was born for the role. Let's get to what really matters. Liev Schreiber is an unbelievably good actor and also gave an emotional life of the Sabretooth / Victor Creed, never seen before. Danny Huston is a fantastic actor, and as a younger William Stryker was as fantastic as. Another pleasant surprise was Taylor Kitsch in the role of Gambit. It was a lot of fear with the choice of actor for the role, but it was fantastic. I still think Josh Holloway - Sawyer from Lost - Gambit would be better, but so am I right? Yet it was near perfection. I just thought it was very silly in the first clash with Wolverine. You have to take into consideration that the power of Gambit despite being commonly used in small quantities, is a large untapped potential so that it makes you scared. Unfortunately the other characters were much less explored, especially WadeWilson / Deadpool.
Ryan Reynolds is exceptional and his 10 minutes of activity and 20 of struggle was very underutilized in my opinion. Still congratulations to the "Merc with a mouth", has not stopped talking about it. Unfortunately the other characters made appearances more than brief and did not provide the necessary impact. Highlights for the singer Will.I.Am that should not win any Oscars, but always won through charisma and more than tasty Lynn Collins who made the Silver Fox. For that woman I also retiring from this mutant life.
And I can basically say that these were the few mistakes in production, the burden of changing appearances. A leaner and better script would have worked as perhaps a more relevant and dramatic life. Although a very special appearance at the end of a mutant has put a grin on my face, I admit.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2010
I had heard some mediocre reviews when it was released in the cinemas, but Hugh Jackman's so damn prefect for the role of Logan/Wolverine that I belatedly checked out this prequel. I was not disappointed There's some good action in this movie right from the start, where we see Wolverine and his half-brother Victor/Sabretooth fighting together in various wars through the ages, with Sabretooth (a brooding Liev Schreber) becoming increasingly violent and unpredicatable until he massacres some army chums in Vietnam. The brothers face the firing squad for this, which brings them to the attention of mutant hunter Colonel William Stryker, who we met in X2. The scene is set for finding out how Wolverine got those remarkable claws. Schreiber's presence, bulk and facial hair matches that of Jackman, and his constant air of barely-contained violence really grounds this movie and make him a plausible brother to the Wolverine: not at all like the version we saw in the original X-men movie. We get a first half with a fair bit of back-story, including Logan's romance with a school teacher high in the Canadian Rockies, and one scene where Logan confronts a redneck that appears to add nothing whatsoever to the plot until much, much later, but somewhere it the middle it really takes off when the action moves to New Orleans. Here, the Wolverine, now in possession of his adamantine skeleton, goes looking for a mutant called Gambit who can lead him to Stryker's secret "island" base. There he learns the truth about Stryker's experimentation and we get to see a fair few captured mutants (including a young Scott Summers). The finale with "Weapon XI" is one of the best-realised in this sort of movie that I can remember, easily rivaling Neo's truck-top fight in Matrix 2, and Scott's breakout with his fellow captives and eventual rescue will bring a lump to the throat of any true X-men devotee.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thought that X men 3 was a little lack lustre compared to the previous two films, but Xmen Origins : Wolverine has definitely made up for it.
Having not read the comic books i was unaware about Wolverine's earlier days and was also surprised when Sabretooth was made his brother...but after looking it up on Wikipedia it appears that that was not in the comic books either and that the films producers have morphed the two characters of Sabretooth and Dog Logan together to create a shared history. Although Sabretooth was shown in the original X men film i was unaware of his super healing powers, same as those of Wolverine, and so was somewhat annoyed at this...but it seems this is a true fact taken from the comic books.
Hugh Jackman makes a great performance as Wolverine and you would never guess that he was 40!
The energy in this film is great with some amazing fight sequences and co stars including Ryan Reynolds and Will.I.Am - who i thought was a bit out of place in this movie but still good for what he did.
The film also introduces us to Weapon X and Weapon XI, giving us a lot more characters from the comic books such as Silver Fox and a small snippit of Emma Frost, although ownly shown as Emma in the film. A young Scott Summers/Cyclops also makes an appearance in this film - although being played by an unknown Australian Actor, unknown to me at least, gives me little interest in the character.

Finally, all i have to say is that even if you HATE the xmen franchise seeing this film is still a definite must even it is just for Hugh Jackmans (multiple!) topless scenes.
Now i just can't wait for the sequels!
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on 7 July 2015
Bought as a present - he was pleased!
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