X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Directed by Gavin Hood
Starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Will.i.Am, Lynn Colilns, Taylor Kitsch, and Ryan Reynolds.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, a friend of mine told me that the dream for an X-Men film franchise would be to start off with a Wolverine film, finally detailing Wolverine’s mysterious origins, and have it end with Wolverine joining the X-Men. And then, for a sequel, we can have an X-Men movie. Well, it’s the 21st century, and we now do things backwards, thanks to the concept of prequels. We’ve had an X-Men trilogy now, and they figured it was finally time to tell us where Wolverine came from. Well, where did he come from?
Young James Logan is born on a sprawling ranch in the Northwest Territories in 1845. He discovers his mutant powers when he kills his father’s murderer in his first berserker rage. With his half-brother Victor, they become legendary soldiers, fighting in war after war after war. Eventually, they are recruited by William Styker for his black-ops team made of mutants. However, Logan begins to tire of the fight, and walks away, starting a new life in the Rockies with a schoolteacher name Kayla Silverfox. But, one day, Victor returns to Logan’s life and murders his love. Seeking revenge, Logan goes back to Stryker, and submits to an experiment to make him the ultimate killing machine. Will Logan have his revenge? Or is it all part of some larger, more sinister agenda?
What I Liked
Ryan Reynolds was really good as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, and I really wish we got more of him. Same with Taylor Kitsch as Gambit. Shreiber was a surprisingly intimidating Sabertooth, and Jackman still delivers as Wolverine.
What I Didn’t Like
It really offers nothing new to the X-Men film franchise, being devoid of suspense. It just seems. You get the feeling that you’ve seen it all before.
I found it vastly underwhelming.