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 mutant

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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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/2009
UPC:
0024543602958
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG-13
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 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
Lauren Shuler Donner Producer
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
Ralph Winter Producer
Tom Woodruff Makeup Special Effects
Skip Woods Screenwriter
Debra Zane Casting

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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X-Men Origins: Wolverine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Primal and passionate A mutants powers usually manifest at puberty, and often during emotional trama. At the beginning fans see Logan's powers manifest. Bone claws and animal strength and attitude emerge, accompanied by healing power. The film tells how Logan and Victor, who will eventually become Wolverine and Saber Tooth, are half brothers. How each is innately quite similar, but both become quite different. Victor slowly becomes savage and brutal, Logan becomes feral and primal. Victor a monster, and Logan a warrior and lover. Logan is manipulated into volunteering for the adamantium experiment. The process is so damaging that Logan's system flat lines for a minute. Then his healing factor brings him back. His bones made invulnerable, and his claws turned into blades. This movie explains Stryker's hatred of mutants, and his connection to Wolverine. Explains how Wolverine got amnesia. Accompanied by intense battle, and powerful love this is highly entertaining. This is the origin of the best X-Man.
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Holonboy More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie for fans of Marvel. You get to learn about James Howlett/Logan/Wolverine/Weapon X/Professor W/Agent Ten/Lucky Jim/Hand of God/Mutant #9601 and much more names for one person.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
The only one really big gripe I had about this movie is that they totally screwed up Deadpool on this game. I had a hunch alone, because I have a couple of Deadpool comics, and he is actaully a good guy, but I also asked a friend of mine about it, who is pretty intimately familiar with the comics, and he confirmed it to me. This guy spends a lot of his spare time reading comics online, and has read a great deal of the Deadpool and Wolverine comics both, so he would know. That aside though, this was a very entertaining movie. The casting was great, though I think they could have probably found someone better to play the part of Gambit, because he didn't quite sound the part exactly. It was good to see them still using Hugh Jackman for Wolverine though, because if they had decided to use someone else, it just wouldn't be the same. The acting, though not grade A, was pretty decent. The story and events in and of themselves are still pretty accurate, spare a few things, such as the Deadpool bit I just mentioned. There was some worth while action and special effects in it as well, plus a little bit more background on Wolverine. All in all though, this was an entertaining movie, though there was some stuff that should have been done differently. I still liked it though. I would recommend it.
Tidalwave3 More than 1 year ago
HOW DID WOLVRINE BECOME WHAT HE IS TODAY? What about his brother? When he retreats to the Rockies, what views! What does Wolverine feel when Victor catches up to him and Kayla? PLUS 'WOLVERINE UNLEASHED' IS GREAT. Feel the pain Logan goes through in the VAT. Feel the betrayl he experiences!! Battling his brother on the stacks of three mile island with breathtaking scenes... and seeing the Mutants come together as they head to the Mutant School.
Sassie54 More than 1 year ago
Too often, when movies tell the back story, it doesn't make sense or jive witht he "current" story line. Wolverine does it and does it well. It not only answers questions raised in the first 2 movies, it leaves you with new questions, but not the kind that drive you crazy. I really look forward to the next installment in the series.
mnMM More than 1 year ago
xmen has done it again. All that people need,is to watch this amazing movie.
BonesVH More than 1 year ago
Though the movie was intense, and the excitment good, the backround and lack of thought out plot was bad. The directors got it all wrong, they even got Wolverines family tree wrong. This movie is good for action fans, but not for the true comic ones. First, Sabertooth's dad isn't logans, second, it was Rose that fled with logan, not Sabertooth. Third, Wolverine got his nickname from a canadian refuge colony. And, Deadpool was never apart of an 11 experiment. So like i sadi, the action is great, but the plot definetely needs some work.
APFuchs_CanisterX More than 1 year ago
Little James was born in the 1800s, always sick. His family background . . . well, he didn't have much of one, at least, one that cared. Except for his friend, Victor. One night, during a drunken upset with his later-to-be-found-out father, James learned he could produce bone claws from his hands and defends himself, killing his father. That night, James and Victor are on the run, and promise to always stick together. The years go by and the two find a great outlet for their rage: war. Victor (Liev Schreiber) also has a special ability and he is more animal than man, with claws coming out of his fingers. The two are very similar and age very slowly. War after war goes by, and the two eventually end up working with a secret team run by William Stryker (Danny Huston). While on one mission, James-now calling himself Logan (Hugh Jackman)-feels Victor has gone too far in his attack on an innocent and walks out on the group. Years later, the group's been disbanded and Stryker comes to warn Logan that Victor is behind the recent string of deaths of its former members. The only way Logan will be strong enough to fight the always-stronger Victor is to undergo a special experiment of Stryker's own design: graft the indestructible adamantium to his bones. Logan agrees. But there's something Stryker hasn't told him about what's been going on and when Logan finds out, he's furious and wages an all-out one-man war against Stryker, Victor and anyone else who stands in his way. On the action: cool fight scenes and neat concepts. However, it seemed to me Logan was a little too acrobatic and was able to survive way more and take way more pain than even a mutant with a healing ability could. On the story: works for me, in that we knew Logan had a history going in. He was the star of the X-Men movies after all, and X2 especially focused on Logan's origins as much as they were able without detracting from the main story. I did like seeing what really went on and, more specifically, how Logan lost his memory. I was under the impression that he lost it because of the adamantium experiment and not after it. Doesn't matter, but I did feel for the guy when the love of his life wasn't all she was cracked up to be. On Deadpool, because, you know, it has to be covered: the whole story involving the secret ops group Logan was a part of made for fun action. Deadpool's origin, hey, why not. To be honest, I don't know if they followed the comics or not because I'm more a DC guy than a Marvel one and don't know too much about Deadpool other than he's the "merc with a mouth." His transformation from normal-looking Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) to disfigured Wade-good stuff. Was this a perfect movie? No, unfortunately. It felt too cartoony as opposed to carrying with it the realistic tone the other X-movies had, namely the first two. Will I see the sequel? Absolutely. I'm a saga guy so I want to see what happens next. Check this film out if you're the superhero-movie-completist type like me. A.P. Fuchs Canister X
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good fun action
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