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Maybe my expectations were too high. I really thought they had all the ingredients right. I mean Wolverine in Japan, the comic story is already written, hell 100s of comics have been written about Wolverine's connection to Japan! How can you get it so wrong? I kept watching the film thinking it has got to get better. I don't even want to call this an action movie as the fight scenes are so bad.
The plot starts out promising enough, after the events of events of X-Men 3: The Last Stand [2 Disc Edition] [DVD], Wolverine has exiled himself to the woods dreaming about Jean Grey, who keep calling him to the other side. During World War 2 (I thought this was Hiroshima) Wolverine saved a Japanese soldier, who is not the leader of Yashida industries. A leading tech company. He offers Wolverine the one thing he wants to be mortal and die, the only thing is his gift need to be transferred to someone else namely him. Wolverine refuses so as a dying request he asks Wolverine to look after his granddaughter Mariko. Yes in to comic Mariko was true love, but on screen the two of them have absolutely no screen chemistry. They barley exchange words in fact the only thing a bodyguard seems to need to sleep with her is to chop some wood, not know how to use chopsticks, and wear a Kimono wrong.
The movie version of Wolverine has no connection to Japan, he does not even speak the language, he has no marital arts training, and he does not even know how to hold a sword properly. A couple of silver linings I thought were nice touches were making Viper a mutant snake lady and Wolverine doing the "Fastball special". Even his fight with the Silver Samurai robot was stupid. In the comics The Silver Samurai uses his mutant power to charge his blade with heat or ice, I can understand the robot doing this through science, but how the hell does Wolverine do it by holding the blade with "2 hands"?
I really did not like the film, it looks like they scanned the origin source material and copied a couple of names and tried to make a story that way. The movie seemed to be an excuse for Jackman to run around with his shirt off. The acting was bad, even the action and fight cerography was bad. The most interesting thing about the movie was the promo for the next X-men film after the end credits. I would only recommend this to hard-core Hugh Jackman fans definitely not Wolverine fans. For them (and me) I would recommend Marvel Wolverine: Animated Series [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC], much closer to the source material.