Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Action X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in the Marvel Studios action flick, X-men Origins: Wolverine. The movies starts in 1845 in the Canadian Northwest Territories. We see a young James Howlett witness the murder of his father, John Howlett, at the hand’s of Thomas Logan, Victor Creed’s father. In an act of revenge, James kills Thomas using his mutan bone claws that come out of his hands. With his last dying words, Thomas tells James that he is his father and Victor is his brother.

James and Victor (Liev Schreiber) run off together and the two brothers fight side by side in the American Civil War, World I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. During this time James finds himself keeping Victor’s increasing rage in check. While in Vietnam the brothers are sentenced to death by a firing squad after Victor kills a superior officers who stops him from raping a young girl. The two survive the firing squad by using their mutant regenerative skills and are locked up. During this time they are visited by William Stryker (Danny Huston) who asks them to join his special team, Team X. The team is made up of other mutants: Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Chris Bradley/Bolt (Dominic Monaghan), Frederick Dukes/The Blob (Kevin Durand), David North/Agent Zero (Daniel Henney), and John Wraith (Will i Am). On the team’s fist mission they are sent to retrieve a meteorite that is being used as a paperweight by a drug lord in Nigeria. After recieving the meteorite, James becomes outraged by the murders the team is committing and leaves. After leaving the team, we catch up with James, now going by the name Logan, working as a lumberjack in Canada and living with his girlfriend, Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins). While Logan is now living his new life, Victor is hunting down and killing memebers of his former team. Upon hearing of the murderes, Stryker visits Logan trying to convince him to go back to work with him by telling him of the murders. Logan refuses until Victor murders his wife. After finding his wife dead, Logan goes to Stryker and agrees to undergo an experiment that transforms Logan’s bone claws into a type of metal and makes him undestructable. After the experiment Logan learns that Stryker was just using him so he breaks free to hunt down both Stryker and Victor. In order to find Stryker he decides to go to Las Vegas and meet up with old Team X members, Wraith and Dukes. There Logan learns that Stryker and Victor are working together to capture mutants and take them to an island. Dukes tells him that nobody knows where the island is except for Remy LeBeau/Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), a mutant that escaped the island. Logan heads off to New Orleans where he meets up with Gambit who takes him to the island. At the island we see many mutants locked up including Scott Summers (Tim Pocock) and have the big fight scene finish between Logan, Victor and Weapon XI/Deadpool.

The plot in the movie was  a little weak. While we get some background story on Logan and Victor, little was said about the other mutants, which is fine since this was a Wolverine movie, however, if you’re not going to get any story about the other mutants, I believe there should’ve been more about Wolverine. Halfway through the movie, Wolverine starts going by the name Logan instead of James, which is what he was going by at the start. This would have been ok had we at least been told he was going by a different name, but we weren’t, everyone just started calling him Logan. We did get an explanation of why Logan switched his name to Wolverine, which was nice. On the flip side though, we never hear of Victor Creed going by the name of Sabertooth, nor do we learn why is it that Victor’s last name is Creed when he’s father’s last name was Logan. I don’t even want to get started on the misuse of Gambit. Not only was the best X-Men of all left out of all three X-Men films, when we final do get to see him here in Wolverine, he barely gets more than a cameo.

 This movie was clearly more about the special effects (and it’s not even a Michael Bay movie) rather than the plot or acting. While Jackman and Schreiber were enjoyable, none of the other actors, Huston included, really shined or stood out at all. Not only was the acting subpar, at many times it was even overdramatic. Althought I’m not a big special effects guy, the special effects in the film were pretty nice. With that being said however, the special effect were a little over the top. Granted, this is a movie based off of a comic book, but things got a little nuts. An army vehicle flipping up into a helicopter because Wolverine scratches the side of it? Really? Come on!

 With all said and flaws aside, the movie was fairly enjoyable. I wouldn’t see this film again, but it’s definately a popcorn movie that people will go to see. If you can sit through a subpar plot with decent acting but lots of special effects, then this is a movie for you.

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