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Wolverine (2009)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Gavin Hood

Starring:
Hugh Jackman/Logan/Wolverine
Liev Schreiber /Victor Creed/Sabretooth
Danny Huston/Stryker
Ryan Reynolds/Wade Wilson/Deadpool
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PLOT-CRUNCH
The film explores how mutant Logan (Jackman) came to become the metal claw swinging, cigar chomping and berserking on his “off” days WOLVERINE that we all know and love.
THE LOWDOWN
I never followed the X-MEN comics or its offshoots in any capacity, hence I can’t compare this origin to the one that was within its source material. So my take on WOLVERINE will be as a film on its own. I did sink my claws into the movie adaptations though with X2 being my top one, X-MEN looming right behind it and X3, well, nough said about that one. So it was with high hopes and a man-crush on Wolverine that I berserked into the theatres ready to get my dues. Advance buzz had been lousy on the movie, but I didn’t give an ounce of a sprinkle of a shit about that jive. BRING IT I THOUGH! And it was broughten.

WOLVERINE started off strong, real damn strong for that matter, via a visceral opening credits montage that communicated Wolvie and Sabretooth’s involvement in many wars over the years (dudes are basically immortal btw). That intro alone put me in a mind set that I was in for something pretty badass. I was almost right. On the upside, the casting here was tight, tight, tight! Jackman owned once again the too cool for school sideburn abuser, Liev Schreiber (Sabretooth) made for a charismatic (and pumped up) psycho delight and special mention goes out to Ryan Reynolds’ short but memorable bit as Wade/Deadpool. Dude was funny as usual and pretty damn gnarlyl. That sword play stuff he pulled during the first main action sequence was NUTS! More on Deadpool further down by the way.

Visually… I liked what I saw! I got to be honest; I loathe it when Studios get unknown or punch the clock directors for their big comic book adaptations. So when I learned that Gavin Hood was helming Wolverine as opposed to say a Bryan Singer, I was like who the f*ck is Gavin Hood? Yup, I got concerned. Thankfully my panties were in a bunch for nothing. There’s a lot wrong with the film but Hood wasn’t it. He pulled through with an able capitalizing of his awe inspiring exterior locations and by putting out exciting, a firm handle on his drama and well choreographed /slyly shot action sequences. Dude did a great job in my opinion! The screenwriters, Studio or editors (i.e. whomever was responsible for how the narrative unraveled onscreen) on the other hand? That was another story.

And here’s THAT story. Past the half hour mark, something started to smell rotten in Denmark, and when I say Denmark, I mean this movie! The narrative lost its easy and organic flow by rushing through some of its most important subplots. Pacing became a tad clunky too; we got one plot twist to may during the last block, while some of the editing choices SCREAMED over-tinkering in Post. And what was up with the uneven CGI? Not that it was THAT bad, but you come to expect the best from a production of this clout; this was far from the best. Same went for the occasional ho hum sets that underwhelmed me. Where did the money go yo? Roids for Jackman? With that said, even with these severe muck-ups in tow, I was still entertained on varied levels throughout, mostly kept in the game by Hugh Jackman's wonderful performance and the eye candy on the screen. And by the time the three way fist to cuff went down near the end, I was back in hardcore, having a freaking blast and a half with it all. ARROW FANBOY MOMENT NOTE: I have to thank this film for getting me interested in the DEADPOOL character. I knew of him before this film but that was pretty much it. But now I’ll be heading to my nearest comic store to seek out some DEADPOOL stuff. . So muchos gracias Mr. WOLVERINE for that.

So in all yes our good bud Logan deserved a more well rounded and better put together origin story than what we got. But at the end of the gutting, I still had a hoot with the film and got enough goodies tossed my way to NOT feel like I wasted coin. The flick will divide many no doubt; but personally, I dug it. BTW, my lawyer’s number is 1-800-SUE-ME-I-DON’T-OWN SHIT if you got a problem with that.
GORE
We get bullet hits, stabbings, a beheading and some minor blood. The film was brutal but not particularly graphic.
ACTING
Hugh Jackman (Logan / Wolverine) knows the role well by now and he brought his A Game to the film. Emotional, intense and totally credible; needless to say he kept me hooked when the story was flopping. Liev Schreiber (Victor Creed / Sabretooth) gave us a charming, scary and imposing baddie. groovy performance to watch! The dude also obviously bulked up for the movie. Props! I respect that! Danny Huston (William Stryker) was very efficient as the young nutball with his own shit going on. Lynn Collins (Kayla Silverfox) was easy on the eyes and did what she had to do adequately. Although Taylor Kitsch (Remy LeBeau/Gambit) pretty much lost his Cajun accent after his first scene – the camera liked him and he made for a sympathetic Gambit.
T & A
It was ladies night on this one with jacked up Jackman going shirtless and even giving his a butt a co –starring role. All we get is Lynn Collins’ fine legs peering out of a night gown.
DIRECTING
Gavin Hood showed off a keen eye and a flair for drama and action, too bad the screenplay couldn’t keep up with the quality he was slapping onscreen.
SOUNDTRACK
We get a potent score that did a fine job at supporting and amplifying the film’s happenings.
BOTTOM LINE
WOLVERINE was somewhat of a let down in the sense that the character deserves much better than a film of this quality. But it wasn’t a total loss: ace casting, Jackman shining throughout, some pretty damn enthralling action scenes and a couple of good laughs. CGI could’ve been a better, all the money that went into the film wasn’t always on screen and yeah a more focused and fleshed out storyline would have been swell. But what can you do…look, I can’t speak for the X-MEN comic fans out there who will bring their vast knowledge of the character to the movie, but for this regular guy, WOLVERINE hit the spot for what it was. A flawed yet still engaging jamboree of Logan.
BULL'S EYE
That wasn't Ryan Reynolds doing the fighting as WEAPON X, it was ace martial arts dude Scott Adkins.

Zack Snyder and Bryan Singer turned down helming this film...too bad.

Liev Schreiber was at first given a muscle suit; but he refused it and opted to WORK OUT for the part instead. Good job!

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9:04PM on 08/31/2009
Being a huge fan of the X-Men movie trilogy I was more than stoked about X-Men Orgins: Wolverine and now that I finally seen it I have to say that it is nowhere near as good as the previous X-men movies yes even the third one. I felt like they took out everything that made the others interesting, thrilling and moody and pretty much dumbed it down, there is no substance to it. None of the mutants were as engaging and the actors and actresses that played them were flat and dry and are not even as
Being a huge fan of the X-Men movie trilogy I was more than stoked about X-Men Orgins: Wolverine and now that I finally seen it I have to say that it is nowhere near as good as the previous X-men movies yes even the third one. I felt like they took out everything that made the others interesting, thrilling and moody and pretty much dumbed it down, there is no substance to it. None of the mutants were as engaging and the actors and actresses that played them were flat and dry and are not even as close to good as the original cast, even Hugh Jackman couldn't save this poor attempt. I thought even the action scenes were nothing that special and not really a step up from the others and alot of the times I found myself losing interest in the whole movie itself and that's never a good sign. Overall one the weakest, most disappointing comic book movie I think I have ever seen or at least in a long time, it just doesn't have that spark anymore that made the other X-Men movies alive, what a let down! Not recommended but the younger crowd might like it more than I did but to me the bite is gone. Better luck next time.
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12:31AM on 07/08/2009

My Hero

he was my hero, as he made the favorite hero. I like the wolverine movie. action which is very cool. have a nice original x-men the other.
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he was my hero, as he made the favorite hero. I like the wolverine movie. action which is very cool. have a nice original x-men the other.
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6:44AM on 05/10/2009
The major problem with this film is that it lacked any kind of TENSION. And it spent so much time on scenes that we already know their outcome from the previous X-men movies (the experiment, the ending, etc). One might argue that they were targeting new audiences, but this is not a new franchise, it should have focused on things we did NOT know already.

The action scenes were generic at best. Competent, maybe, but neither original nor spectacular. The story was a mess, and most of the
The major problem with this film is that it lacked any kind of TENSION. And it spent so much time on scenes that we already know their outcome from the previous X-men movies (the experiment, the ending, etc). One might argue that they were targeting new audiences, but this is not a new franchise, it should have focused on things we did NOT know already.

The action scenes were generic at best. Competent, maybe, but neither original nor spectacular. The story was a mess, and most of the characters were underdeveloped, one-dimensional and there just to please comic fans (though, honestly, they would have made posters of the mutants to distribute on the audience, as this is what we actually got in the movie: LIFELESS figures).

Hugh Jackman is great, and he can't give a bad performance even if he wanted to. But his efforts are let down by a stupid, tension-free script, and a director who must have memorized the Hollywood Book on How To Make a Blockbuster, before going into production. It is a typical Hollywood blockbuster: lifeless, emotionless, generic and, ultimately, pointless.
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4:07PM on 05/05/2009

Not great but not bad

It was OK, better than X3 at least. Though I HATED what they did to Deadpool, Emma Frost was thrown away though the little nod to her and Cyclops' future together in the comics was nice. Shoddy CGI in places, that bathroom scene was horrible! His claws looked like a PS2 game. I wanted more Gambit! The film felt rushed as well....and that was a really bad job on Xavier's face..I mean come on!

BUT..the action was decent and it all went down easy. Jackman and Schreiber were both awesome in
It was OK, better than X3 at least. Though I HATED what they did to Deadpool, Emma Frost was thrown away though the little nod to her and Cyclops' future together in the comics was nice. Shoddy CGI in places, that bathroom scene was horrible! His claws looked like a PS2 game. I wanted more Gambit! The film felt rushed as well....and that was a really bad job on Xavier's face..I mean come on!

BUT..the action was decent and it all went down easy. Jackman and Schreiber were both awesome in their roles. And major kudos for Jackman's ass!!! I was one happy girl sitting in that theater seeing that! Man is HOT!!

I'll be adding it to my collection...if I have X3 I can own this too.
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2:05PM on 05/04/2009

Completely dissapointed.

Wolverine deserved much better. Im not some fanboy who needs 100% canon, but this was a mess. A hodge podge of ideas thrown around with no real impact.
Wolverine deserved much better. Im not some fanboy who needs 100% canon, but this was a mess. A hodge podge of ideas thrown around with no real impact.
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1:43PM on 05/04/2009

Agreed and will add

Saw a behind the scenes focused on Ryan Reynolds and he did his own sword work and was incredible to watch. He had the same wit he brought to Blade III. Nicely done!
Saw a behind the scenes focused on Ryan Reynolds and he did his own sword work and was incredible to watch. He had the same wit he brought to Blade III. Nicely done!
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