X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Director: Gavin Hood

Cast: Gavin Hood, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston

     
 

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The gruff, adamantium-clawed Marvel superhero Wolverine strikes out on his own in this X-Men spin-off starring series regular Hugh Jackman. The story gets under way as the boy who will become Wolverine makes a shocking discovery about his family bloodline, and gains a brother in the process. Flash forward to find the mutantSee more details below

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The gruff, adamantium-clawed Marvel superhero Wolverine strikes out on his own in this X-Men spin-off starring series regular Hugh Jackman. The story gets under way as the boy who will become Wolverine makes a shocking discovery about his family bloodline, and gains a brother in the process. Flash forward to find the mutant siblings battling side by side through two world wars and Vietnam -- where they are sentenced to death for killing a commanding officer -- and Logan (Hugh Jackman) and his brother, Victor Creed (aka Sabretooth, played by Liev Schreiber), have joined a top-secret government task force. When their targets begin to include innocent civilians, conscientious Logan escapes to the Canadian Rockies, where he builds a home with pretty schoolteacher Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins). Informed by his old commanding officer William Stryker (Danny Huston) that the members of his old team are being targeted for death, Logan is heartbroken when Victor finds and kills Kayla. Vowing revenge, Logan agrees to take part in a dangerous experiment that will fuse his bones with a powerful metal alloy called adamantium, which makes him virtually indestructible and gives him the strength needed to defeat his powerful brother. Subsequently betrayed by Stryker, Logan (now Wolverine) sets out to find his blood-lusting brother and stop the cycle of violence once and for all. Along the way, the temperamental hero is joined by fellow mutants John Wraith (Will.i.Am) and Remy LeBeau (aka Gambit, played by Taylor Kitsch). But before Wolverine can seek vengeance against Striker and his brother, he'll have to do battle with Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) a formidable mutant instilled with many powers.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
On a scale of aluminum foil to adamantium, X-Men Origins: Wolverine rates a mid-gauge sheet metal. Sturdy as an early-summer tent pole yet fragile enough to snap once the heavy fronts roll in, Fox's notoriously leaked actioner should stand strong against the gentle breeze of Battle for Terra, though it's likely to be blown away by the blustery winds of Star Trek and Terminator Salvation a few weeks out. From a non-fanboy perspective, it has some exciting action and colorful characters; unfortunately, the special effects vary from impressive to embarrassing, and some additional trimming at the story level might have helped elevate the metallurgical rating to steel status. If the plot sounds a bit operatic, well, it is. This being an origins story, screenwriters David Benioff and Skip Woods work to strike a careful balance between plot and action, and while they largely succeed, the results aren't always satisfying. After the frenetic opening credits scene and an action-packed intro, it takes a while for the action to pick up again; when it finally does, it comes only in brief bursts that get progressively more intense leading toward the final confrontation -- an exciting, occasionally dizzying fight against a single genetically engineered mutant that possesses the power of many. It's in this scene that Nicolas de Toth and Megan Gill's editing truly shines, and Gavin Hood's talents as an action director are fully realized. As anyone who saw Tsotsi can attest, Hood does have a talent for staging coherent action scenes, and moviegoers tiring of the Bourne school of ADD action filmmaking will appreciate the fact that Hood always gives us a solid sense of spatial relations. Not only does this help to ensure that we lose ourselves in the action, but also that every blow carries actual impact rather than just devolving into an ineffective montage of flying fists and bone-crunching sound effects. It likely goes without saying that Liev Schreiber possesses more than enough talent to take over the role of Sabretooth from Tyler Mane, and while the latter made a formidable impression with his brief but memorable appearance in X-Men, the former has the dramatic chops to lend the monstrous character a much-needed human dimension. Humans and monsters merge in the character of William Stryker, a snake in human's skin instilled with reptilian verve by Danny Huston, but the real showstopper here is Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), a frightening Frankenstein-like mutant of few words. His disturbing appearance gives the final showdown a much-needed gruesome edge after a series of conspicuously bloodless action sequences. Perhaps the trick to enjoying X-Men Origins: Wolverine is to not ask too many daunting questions, and to keep in mind that, like any comic-to-screen adaptation, these aren't the "official" origins of the character, but his comic-book genesis as filtered though a Hollywood lens.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/2009
UPC:
0024543602958
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:47:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The roots of Wolverine: A conversation with Stan Lee amd Len Wein featurette; Wolverine Unleashed: The complete origins featurette; Alternate "Memory Erase" sequence; Audio commentary by director Gavin Hood; Deleted & alternate scenes with commentary by Gavin Hood; Audio commentary by producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Jackman Logan/Wolverine
Liev Schreiber Victor Creed/Sabretooth
Danny Huston Col. William Stryker
Lynn Collins Kayla Silver Fox
Ryan Reynolds Wade Wilson/Deadpool
Taylor Kitsch Remy LeBeau/Gambit
will.i.am John Wraith
Dominic Monaghan Bradley,Chris Bradley/Bolt
Daniel Henney Agent Zero
Kevin Durand Fred Dukes
Scott Adkins Weapon XI
Julia Blake Heather Hudson
Tim Pocock Scott Summers
Max Cullen Travis Hudson

Technical Credits
Gavin Hood Director
David Benioff Screenwriter
Nicolas de Toth Editor
Richard Donner Executive Producer
Kevin Feige Executive Producer
Louis G. Friedman Co-producer
Megan Gill Editor
Alec Gillis Makeup Special Effects
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Hugh Jackman Producer
Christine King Casting
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Louise Mingenbach Costumes/Costume Designer
John Palermo Producer
Barry Robison Production Designer
Lauren Shuler-Donner Producer
Ralph Winter Producer
Tom Woodruff Makeup Special Effects
Skip Woods Screenwriter
Debra Zane Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- X-Men Origins: Wolverine
1. My Son
2. Main Titles / Invincible Warriors
3. Recruitment
4. Special Team
5. Enough!
6. New Life
7. Show's Over
8. Powers of Persuasion
9. The Moon and Her Lover
10. Out for Blood
11. Weapon X
12. Kindness of Strangers
13. Blow Him to Bits
14. Our Own Kind
15. Boxing with the Blob
16. Mutant Capture
17. Gambit
18. Confronting Victor
19. Preemptive Action
20. Played for a Fool
21. Animal Rage
22. Weapon XI
23. Common Enemy
24. Always Brothers
25. Point Blank
26. What's My Name
27. End Titles / Arrest
28. End Titles / Back from the Dead

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