X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston

Directed by Gavin Hood

Wolverine is back for a kick off to the summer.  Hugh Jackman is back as X-Men’s most famous mutant.  In this film we take a look at how James Howlett (his real name) or more commonly Logan came into the character we know as Wolverine.

The film starts off with Logan finding out about his mutational ability at a young age in the year of 1845.  From there, we witness his half-brother, Vince, who turns out to be a pivotal character in the movie, fight their way through American history.  Logan spends most of his time keeping Vince’s anger in tact, but after a complication in the military, a man by the name of William Stryker recruits Vince and Jim to be a part of an elite task force.   This elite group is comprised of all mutants, all with different abilities and personalities.  When Stryker seems to be sketchy, Logan decides to go his separate way.  His past comes back to haunt him as the preceding group of mutants start to disappear one by one, and someone murders Logan’s girlfriend, this is where he is transformed into Wolverine.

The acting is what you would expect, average.  Huge Jackman and Live Schreiber are by far the best in this film.  Most of the supporting actors’ performances seemed to be over the top at some points in the movie.  It would have been nice to have seen Brian Cox back as Stryker, from X2: X-Men United.  Ryan Reynolds was the best new character introduced; unfortunately he is only in the movie a small amount of time.

The first half of the movie was below average, but as the movie progresses it gradually turns into what the three predecessors had accomplished. Although, the other X-Men movies provided a decent plot, it seemed like this screen play was thrown together without much thought in mind, only action flourished the screen play.  The only real problem I had with the movie was a scene when Wolverine’s is getting acquainted with his new metal claws for the first time.  In the scene, the claws look so animated and horrific, I felt like I was watching a special effect from a late night talk show. Other than that the special effects were high-quality, and the fighting scenes were well choreographed.

Overall, the movie was average as a whole.  But for fans of superhero and action movies, you’ll enjoy it for what it is.  Rating 3 out of 5