X-Men Origins: Wolverine

 

 

PLOT:

In 1845, Northwest Territories, Canada, young James Howlett sees his father John Howlett (Peter O’Brien) killed by Victor Creed’s father, Thomas Logan (Aaron Jeffery). In an act of vengeance, James kills the elder Logan using bone claws which protrude from his hands. With his dying breath, Logan tells James that he is also his son. James and Victor (Michael-James Olsen) then run away. In the following years, adult brothers James (Hugh Jackman) and Victor (Liev Schreiber) are seen fighting together throughout the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, and eventually the Vietnam War, their regenerative powers keep them from being killed in the battlefield. In Vietnam, Victor kills a superior officer after being stopped from raping a girl, and James and Victor are sentenced to death by firing squad, though their unique regenerative abilities keep them alive.

William Stryker (Danny Huston) approaches the two mutants and offers them membership in his elite group of mutants. The team consists of mutants Fred Dukes (Kevin Durand), who’s super-strong and invulnerable, John Wraith (will.i.am), who can teleport, Chris Bradley (Dominic Monaghan), who can control machines, and expert marksman Agent Zero (Daniel Henney) and martial artist Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). The brothers join the group, and are sent to the team’s first mission: Invade a diamond traffic operation headquarters to retrieve a meteorite used by the leader of the dealers as a paperweight. After retrieving the meteorite, Stryker sends the team to Lagos, Nigeria to investigate if there are any other meteorites. Logan is disgusted by the murders committed by his teammates and abandons the group.

Six years afterward, James, now going by his last name, Logan; is a lumberjack living with his girlfriend Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins). Meanwhile, Victor hunts down and murders Bradley. Stryker locates Logan, and claims that someone is out to kill members of the now-disbanded team. Stryker asks Logan for help, but is refused. Shortly after, Silverfox is murdered by Victor. Wolverine hunts down his half-brother and is easily defeated. Stryker once again asks Logan for help, and he agrees. Stryker then has Logan’s skeletal system reinforced with adamantium, a virtually indestructible metal retrieved from the meteorite found by Team X. Before the procedure, Logan asks for his new dog tags to say “Wolverine”. After the procedure, Stryker orders Wolverine’s mind to be erased, but before this can happen Wolverine regains conciousness and flees. Stryker orders Agent Zero to capture him.

The elderly couple Travis (Max Cullen) and Heather Hudson (Julia Blake) find Wolverine in their barn and provide him a home until the next morning, only to be shot dead by Zero. Wolverine takes out Zero’s team and Zero himself, then goes to Las Vegas. Wolverine locates former associates John Wraith and Fred Dukes, seeking to learn the location of Creed and Stryker’s new laboratory. Meanwhile, Stryker captures Scott Summers. Wolverine learns the disbanded team had been capturing mutants for Stryker, and one of them, Remy LeBeau (Taylor Kitsch), aka Gambit, had escaped the island and knew the location.

Wolverine and Wraith locate Gambit and confront him in a New Orleans bar. Wolverine talks with Gambit while Wraith keeps watch outside. During their conversation, Gambit begins to think Wolverine was sent to take him back to the island. Gambit blasts Wolverine outside just as Victor shows up and kills Wraith. Wolverine fights Victor, only to be interrupted by Gambit. Victor escapes, and after a brief struggle, Gambit agrees to take Wolverine to the mutant prison on Three Mile Island. Once there, Wolverine confronts Stryker and learns Silverfox is still alive, having faked her death with hydrochlorothiazide. She was keeping track of the mutant to free her sister, Emma (Tahyna Tozzi), who is also in the prison. Wolverine departs, and Victor emerges. He tells Stryker to hold up his end of the bargain and make his skeleton indestructible like Wolverine’s. Stryker assures Victor that he won’t survive the procedure and in an act of rage, Victor tries to kill Silverfox. Wolverine hears Silverfox’s screams and attacks Victor. Finally having the chance to kill Victor, Wolverine chooses not to give in to his animal instincts and instead knocks him out. Silverfox shows Wolverine to the holding cells, and he frees the mutants there; among whom are Storm, Toad, Quicksilver, and Cyclops.

Angered, Stryker prematurely orders his newest creation, Weapon XI (Scott Adkins) (also known as Deadpool), a bald, pale skinned monstrosity, lacking a mouth and with patterns marking adamantium bone structure, to be activated. The rescue party approach an exit when it is blocked by Weapon XI under Stryker’s control, as Wolverine tells them to find a new exit two blades extend from Weapon XI’s arms, similar to Wolverine’s claws. At this moment Wolverine realizes that this monstrosity is actually Wade Wilson. Weapon XI has the abilities of several of the killed and captured mutants such as Cyclops’ optic blasts, Wraith’s teleportation, and Wolverine’s healing abiltity. During the escape, Silverfox is lethally injured. The other mutants escape through the facilities tunnels, guided by Cyclops who is unable to tell them how he knows the exit. Emerging from the tunnel, the party encounter a helicopter, emerging from the helicopter is a familiar figure, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), who offers them a solution at his school.

Meanwhile, Wolverine and Victor, now working together, are able to decapitate Weapon XI, sending its head-still firing optic blasts- down into the reactor. The resulting damage causes the structure to beging to collaspe, which makes Wolverine stumble into only to be saved by Victor at the last minute, reminding him that brothers stick together. Wolverine coldly informs Victor that nothing has changed between them, somewhat hurt yet satisfied, Victor flees the island. Wolverine then jumps off the reactor but loses his footing at the bottom and the reactor nearly crushes him when Gambit returns, destryoing the falling reactor. Wolverine then Gambit to ensure the prisoners are safe, while he returns to find Silverfox, who had stayed behind. Wolverine is then shot in the head by Stryker, who has a gun loaded with adamantium bullets, which knock him unconscious.

Silverfox uses her powers of persuasion to order Stryker to walk away until his feet bleed, then dies from her injuries. Gambit returns to ensure Wolverine that the mutants are safe, but due to amnesia caused by the adamantium bullets Wolverine does not remember anything. Gambit tries to get Wolverine to come with him, but he declines. Gambit wishes Wolverine good luck before departing, and Wolverine flees the scene as the ambulances and police arrive.

REVIEW:

Let me preface this by saying that I’ve been a fan of Wolverine since the late 80s/early 90s and am pretty much a fanboy, so I’m going to be a little biased in the review. Having said that, I will try to be objective.

THIS…FILM…WAS…AWESOME!!!!

Hugh Jackman really beefed up to be a more savage Wolverine. His goal was to return to the gruff version of the character we got in the first X-Men film. I think he succeeded.

Liev Schriber is surprisingly convincing as Sabretooth. I think the decision to not bring back Tyler Mane was a good one. Although Mane resembled Sabretooth more (with the help of makeup), Schriber got the character down pat.

I don’t know much about Willian Stryker, so I can’t compare Danny Huston’s take on the character was spot on or a departure from the source material, but from a purely thespian standpoint, he did a pretty good job, and in my opinion, a far better job than Brian Cox did in X2: X-Men United.

With all the hype surrounding the other characters in the film, especially Deadpool and Gambit, I expected to see them in the film more, but for the most part each got maybe 5-10 min. Well, Gambit played a pretty major role at the end and Deadpool comes back, but they still didn’t get the screentime they should have. There is talk of spinoff films for both…it’s only talk…but given the small amount of time they, and Team X for that matter, received, I doubt it. Still, it was good to finally see Gambit on screen.

I will say that the source material is deviated from a little, but I think that Marvel Studios has learned not to get to far from what’s written. However, even with the slight changes this was still an awesome film. We get to see Wolverine’s early years on screen, including pre adamantium claws, and even get to see him get the adamantium bonded to his skeleton. Ladies I’m sure will enjoy seeing Hugh Jackman run around naked.

The special effects seem to be inconsistent. What I mean by that is, everyone except Wolverine seems to have received state of the art effects, while Logan’s claws (both metal and bone) look at times fake.

The fight scenes are spectacular, especially the introductory scenes of each characters (Gambit, Deadpool, and Agent Zero’s are especially impressive) and the scenes involving Wolverine and Sabertooth.

If I have one qualm with the story, other than its obvious departure from the source material its that they didn’t use Silverfox the way they could/should have. Silverfox is a major character in Wolverine’s past and not just some floozy he shacked up with. Having said that, Lynn Collins was a nice choice for her. If there are future films for Wolverine, maybe we’ll see more of her and what she can really do.

The reviews I’ve read have abut crucified this film. I really don’t understand why, excpet for the fct that they’re doing the same thing that they’ve done with every superhero movie that has recently come out…compare it to last summer’s big hits Iron Man and The Dark Knight. The comparisons should be an honor, but have been a burden as the bar was set so high that no film can live up to them. On top of that, there was the early leak of the film that many panned and the swine flu outbreak keeping fans from seeing it in Mexico. Above all that, though, it seems as though Wolverine will defy the odds. Fans, except the purists, will enjoy it, and the non fans will love it. Although the beginning, once you get past the flashback, is a bit slow, there is no unneeded drama throughout the film, but rather lots and lots of action.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

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