Monday, June 29, 2009


DISCLAIMER: I'm aware that this film is called X-Men Origins: Wolverine but because that sounds incredibly stupid, I'm going to call it Wolverine.

So the big secret origin of Wolverine in this Gavin Hood directed prequel to Bryan Singer's X-Men is...... something we could've guessed all along. James "Logan" Howlett went to the Weapon X program (as seen in Singer's X-Men 2) and got adamantium bones and then lost his memory, ta-da! This film is that story only with some morose moments of Hugh Jackman starring in the mirror contemplating his past, present, and future, as well as some very poorly constructed CGI effects for a big-budgeted summer blockbuster (the claws, the CGI stunt men, the shot of Daniel Henney sniping those farmer on those clearly fake looking hills). I would've been content to just watch Hugh Jackman scream and slash his way through some mercenaries as anyone else but instead a more morose and sometimes-forgiving sometimes-vengeful Wolverine is depicted and we never get too close of a look into his head before another mutant special effect is revealed. There also are such a wide number of continuity goofs that are easy to pick up on. A lot of the times goofs are present but you don't notice them and yet I couldn't help it. All over this film, the shots change to reveal a character standing in another position or pose or angle with no transition to how they got there. has several of them listed at the moment if you need to understand what I'm talking about.

This isn't a very daring movie and any attempts at emotional complexity between Wolverine and Sabertooth (Liev Schreiber) or Kayla (Lynn Collins) are too short or simple. The supporting cast barely even bothers to make a long-standing connection with the audience despite the charisma of actors Danny Huston as William Stryker (who turns out to be too devious to like) and Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson (who ends up as a mute in the last quarter of the movie) and Taylor Kitsch as Gambit and Will I. Am as Wraith are both too gimmicky of characters to bother liking. If you want B movie action that pales in comparison to what else is coming out, then Wolverine will provide you with an unfortunately unemotional start to your summer.

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