Review of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

x-men_origins_wolverine.jpg This instalment in the X-Men franchise sees the story of Wolverine told out in detail from his early childhood in northern Canada in the mid-1800s up until just before he joins the X-Men (as seen in the first movie). Along the way we meet his brother Victor Creed (who will later become Sabertooth) who is is comrade-in-arms through various wars then join a group of mutants, a special forces unit who are sent on mysterious missions. When the unit crosses the line Logan (Wolverine) leaves the group. Logan retires to a secluded shack in the Canadian Rockies but his past catches up as Victor kills his girlfriend. What follows is Logan's quest for revenge…

A much more hard-hitting movie than the other X-Men sequels Wolverine sees the more gritty side of the character – Something only hinted at in the previous movies. At times it is formulaic with predictable story elements (even several of the “surprises” near the end can likely be seen by many viewers a mile away) and more than a bit over the top but on the whole this is enjoyable and definitely a feast for the eyes. Make no mistake: This is a “traditional” super-hero movie and should not be confused with the likes of Watchman. This is, most definitely, popcorn-fodder…

The first block-buster of the summer of 2009 and it does deliver.

Rating: “Nearly perfect, but not quite”

Review Date: 2009-05-04

Directed by: Gavin Hood

Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Year: 2009

Length: 107 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure

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