X-Men Origins: Wolverine 0.0 stars

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The prequel seeks to answer all your questions, assuming you had any, as regards where and when and why the titular superhero got his switchblade knuckles, his leather bolero jacket, his pent-up rage, his blank memory, among other esoterica. Starting back in 1854 (heavy sigh), two mutant brothers, aging up to forty and no further, fight side by side through the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War — “That’s enough!” — and thereafter fight head to head for a run-of-the-mill revenge motive, a slaughtered girlfriend. In the build-up to the main event, the already immortal avenger (Hugh Jackman, oiled, watered, undershirted, shirtless, briefly pantless) is made indestructible for military use — a metalized skeleton — and then targeted for destruction when he refuses to be used. The end, by which is meant the coda after the full scroll of credits, reminds us that if there’s still a megabuck to be made, there’s no end. The style of the film, far from suited to a simple prelude, might be described as apocalyptic hyperbole. It could make you tired in itself, or suicidal at the thought of forthcoming backstories for the rest of the X-Men and -Women. With Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, and Ryan Reynolds; directed by Gavin Hood. 2009.

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Comments

maddmax May 4, 2009 @ 5:34 p.m.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine....

I thought this movie was great !! Constant action the entire movie, and a great storyline... Hugh Jackman once again portrayed Wolverine and did an awesome job....This is a must see ! However the actor Danny Huston that played Col. Striker was not what I expected, I think they could have done better. All in all the movie was great and definitely worth seeing a second time. I would recommend this for all to see.

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Alan Segal May 2, 2009 @ 5:13 p.m.

From wearing a top hat and tails and singing and soft shoe dancing with Beyonce while hosting the Academy Awards, to playing a raging revenge seeking mutant monster, Hugh Jackman has set the bar about as high as it can go for movie star talent. You can pay $6 for about a 3 minute roller coaster ride at Belmont Park or for $5.50 you can catch a matinee of the latest and best X-Man block buster, "X Men Origins:Wolverine", which leaves you physically reeling from action and audio special effects, that repeat the first big drop on the big dipper, for an hour and 48 minutes.

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Gian Ghio May 3, 2009 @ 12:55 p.m.

This was a bit different from the previous X-Men movies in that it focuses in on just one of the characters. You find out where Wolverine came from and how he gained some of his power. The action sequences were exciting but overall it was a bit of a letdown from the previous 3 movies. Ryan Reynolds seemed out of place for an action movie after seeing him in so many comedies and I’ll just chalk that up to miscasting. Gambit was nice addition to the storyline however it makes me wonder why he wasn’t included in any of the other 3 movies. A nice effort but in the end the movie falls short of expectations.

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richinsd May 15, 2009 @ 1:56 a.m.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is not only Action Packed but new and will not bore you in the slightest. I have always loved the X-Men movies, except X-Men: The Last Stand, which I totally hated. I couldn't bear to see the end of my favorites; Jean, Charles Xavier, and Cyclops. Now with the new Wolverine movie a whole new era opens up with potential for many new and exciting movies. I hope it comes to pass. I was enthralled with Wolverine (Logan), moving thru his adventures with his opposing brother Victor. The excitement never ends and I thought Stryker added that special sinister touch that adds to that excitement. All bases are covered and all emotions. I can't wait for the next episode of the invincible Wolverine as he moves thru his adventures.

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trere8 May 15, 2009 @ 11:52 p.m.

Slapdash CGI abounds in this lame effort at political allegory, with Huge portraying the titular hero as a PTSD-plagued veteran. He's up against his My Lai lovin' brother and head nemesis William Stryker. Stryker is played by Danny Huston as a full-on Bush caricature, one who is harboring detainees in a secret prison disguised as a nuclear power plant. In one scene, he even explains his policy of waging pre-emptive war against the domestic insurgents to prevent a future, large-scale conflict. There is a New Orleans sequence that features a set so badly over-dressed as to be unintentionally hilarious. But although most of the film sounds blatant enough to be hysterically bad, it is not.

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