Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Plenty of Action & Animation

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PG-13)

Director: Gavin Hood

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds and Lynn Collins.

Rating: **

The latest offering from the world of mutants is X-Men Origins: Wolverine which focuses on the main character of the X-Men series – Wolverine. What we saw in the first X-Men film was Wolverine having a bar brawl and suddenly exposing his metal claws. Well, how did he gain the claws? This film helps you learn more on your favourite X-Man. So, what exactly does this film offer you? There’s a heavy dosage of action and high cutting animation. A good summer release, this film stands high for an action packed entertainer.

Australian performer Hugh Jackman became instantly famous once he chose to portray Wolverine in the first X-Men film. He has trained a lot and gained more muscles to depict Wolverine stronger and muscular. The best example is Wolverine gaining metal claws and rising from the water tub. Another example could be Wolverine letting the students out of their cages after they’d been trapped.

A heavy dose of animation accompanies the action. The titles are amazing. Editing is at its best. Cinematography is more exquisite. The sets look quite real for mean dwelling mutants. There’s more than what you could have expected from a South African director, Gavin Hood.

The story starts in 1855 with James Howlett murdering his father’s murderer using his bone claws and then learning that the person he murdered was his real father. Hence, he becomes James Logan and runs away with his real father’s son (a.k.a. his real brother) Victor Creed. They’re mutants – One with retractable claws and the other is a Sabre-tooth tiger reformation.

The brothers fight through three wars – Civil War, WW1 and WW2. In the Vietnam War, Logan kills one of the superiors to help Victor. Hence, they’re caught and executed. But, the mutants regenerate and find themselves meeting Major Stryker who offers them to join his team of mutants. Their first mission is to find the source of a meteor substance – Adamantium. Logan however acts manly and disagrees to the human massacre the mutants were about to create and quits.

Few years later, he is living in the Canadian Rockies with Kayla Silverfox. However, Victor wants answers and kills her. Logan is hence put in the path of revenge. Plenty of action ensues with Logan undergoing an experiment to gain Adamantium in his blood and turn invincible. However, a few twists in the tale prove a little unearthly. The film lack speed at times where emotions take center stage.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is exhilarating. This easily makes Wolverine as one of the best superheroes of this century. Jackman has undergone mighty practice and training to fit in.

Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed is certainly villainous. The cunning sabre-toothed mutant and Logan’s real brother, his performance lacks more agility.

Lynn Collins portrays Kayla Silverfox. Sadly, she makes the tougher Silverfox appear more sympathetic at times.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine brings back Wolverine to screen. However it remains as a Jackman starrer and nothing else. Rest assured there’s plenty of swashbuckling action and sizzling animation to scorch the screens this summer.

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