run time: 107 mins
considered: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
director: Gavin Hood
starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, will.i.am, Lynn Collins, Kevin Durand, Dominic Monnaghan, Taylor Kitsch, Daniel Henney, Ryan Reynolds, Tim Pocock, Julia Blake, Max Cullen, Troye Sivan, Michael-James Olsen, Peter O’Brien, Aaron Jeffery, Alice Parkinson
movie summary: Sometime in the mid 1800’s a little boy named James Howlett (Troye Sivan) witnesses his dad get killed. In a fit of rage, he goes after the attacker to find out he has claws that pop out of his hand when he loses his temper. After taking down the assassin he runs away his brother Victor Creed (Michael James Olsen) and the two become inseparable throughout the next hundred plus years. The pair fight through all the major world conflicts while always providing a helping hand for victory. They meet an Army Major named William Stryker (Danny Huston) who is about to offer the chance at a life changing experience.
Over the years Stryker has recruited other mutants to form a task force that goes around performing co-op operations for the US Government. James (Hugh Jackman) doesn’t like the missions the group get assigned and that Victor (Liev Schreiber) has turned into a killing machine with no feelings about the mass murders he commits. James leaves the group saying that he and Victor are better men than this but Victor doesn’t agree and lets him leave. Stryker threatens that if James walks away he will pay for his decision later on. James returns to his homeland in northern Canada where he becomes a logger and finds a girlfriend name Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins). For six years the happy couple live in peace until Stryker shows up offering James a chance to undergo a procedure that will make him stronger and tougher, he gracefully rejects the offer until Victor shows up and kills Kayla. Out for revenge James finds Stryker to under go the procedure.
Inside a secret test facility James is lowered into a tub where he is injected with a rare medal compound called adamantium. It transforms his body from a human filled with organs and cells into a lean mean steel fighting machine. James requests that he be reborn as Logan/Wolverine and gets new military dog tags. Logan dies during the procedure only to come back alive better than ever. Stryker doesn’t like what Logan has turned into so attempts to kill him on the spot. Logan escapes and finds shelter in a barn until Stryker and his men find him and kill the owners of the barn. These actions piss Logan off even more so he jumps on a motorcycle to out run Stryker’s helicopter and armoured vehicles before turning the bike into a weapon to take out the whole team. He manages to get Stryker on the radio to inform him that he was coming for him and nothing was going to stop him.
Stryker is worried that his greatest achievement may kill him so he recruits Victor to hunt Logan down and kill him. The brothers finally cross paths in Las Vegas but are interrupted when Gambit (Taylor Kitsch) attacks Logan in an attempt to kill him. Logan manages to hold his own during the battle before winning and convincing Gambit to take them to Stryker’s secret lab. Victor gets away only to reappear at the lab when Logan shows up to confront Stryker. Inside the lab Stryker is busy hurrying the process to creat Patient Xi which will be the greatest achievement in humanity history. When Logan is about to kill Stryker Kayla shows up out of nowhere, she was a mutant the whole time and played Logan so Stryker could keep tabs on him. Betrayed and heartbroken Logan walks away from everything. Victor jumps down from the ceiling to go after Logan with the goal of ending their rivalry once and for all. When the brothers meet face to face outside to go one last round, Stryker unleashes Patient XI that tears through the facility looking for the brothers. Mid-way through their fight the brothers are interrupted by the monster, both men know this fight could cost them their lives and jump claws first into it.
my thoughts: I thought no X-Men week would be complete without watching and reviewing ALL the X-Men movies, so tonight I sat down to watch X-Men Origins: Wolverine for the first time in my life and was impressed. This is by no means a 10 star movie but there are numerous parts that were enjoyable to watch even if the story sucked at many different parts.
Hugh Jackman is a great actor to play the part of James/Logan/Wolverine. He has the muscles to play such a jacked up creature with a sarcastic tone. He is also probably one of the only guys who would be able to pull off the famous Wolverine beard the way he does. Logan has always stood up for doing the right thing and is willing to fight for what he believes in, luckily he has adamantium claws that add to his already powerful punch. The two best parts of this movie are when Logan escapes the barn after it is attacked, that scene has to be one of the best explosions I have ever seen in a movie so lots of credit to the stunt crew for pulling that off. The second part is Logan’s transformation sequence. In one of the most famous scenes of the franchise, Logan is put in a tank of water then injected with adamantium, dies, and then roars out of the tank alive. The cinematography and special effects are just spectacular that you really get a chance to witness what Logan went through and why it is such a touchy subject for him. The only part I have to touch upon is why is it Logan that always suffers heartbreak?? Anyone care to explain to me why this man who has already been through a lot has to have his heart-broken several times over??
I usually don’t mind any role Liev Schreiber plays but at the beginning of this movie I seriously just wanted him to die. He was such an @$$hole that I wish he wasn’t such a major character that would be alive at the end. He was ruthless, unforgiving, and didn’t have a care in the world for the masses he slaughtered. He is played up as the ultimate bad guy that Logan has to take down but in reality the main villain here is Stryker. It was kinda funny to watch this movie AFTER Days of Future Past because the Stryker storyline is seriously all over the place. He has his hands in X2, Origins, and Days of Future Past. The timelines don’t really add up in my mind but I have said I will watch X2 again this week so maybe I’ll pick up on something I missed. There is so much I don’t really know about Wolverine or his character because I never read the comics, I just enjoy the movies for what they are and will never pick up the books, but thank God for Wikipedia! The only other disappointing character is Ryan Reynold’s Wade Wilson/Deadpool/Patient XI, what a waste of talent in this movie! Ryan is a funny guy who hits home runs in almost every comedy he does, but when you put him in a superhero (like Green Lantern) he fails. I understand he turned into one bad ass mutant at the end but he literally has seven minutes of screen time before he disappears. He reappears in the after credits but he isn’t seen or heard from him in any other X-Men movies, the same could be said about Victor’s character. So many loose ends that need closure!
The X-Men Origins: Wolverine was just an opportunity for Marvel to take the best star of the X-Men franchise and give him his own movies to make more money off the people. There is seriously no particular reason why this movie or the second one was made, and if the excuse is for character development then where is everyone else’s movies?
my star rating: 6 out 10
imdb.com: 6.8 out 10
rottentomatoes.com: 38% out 100%