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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Released: 2009

Genre: Action & Adventure

Runtime: 1 hr 47 min

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Gavin Hood

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Lynn Collins, Kevin Durand, Dominic Monaghan, Taylor Kitsch, Daniel Henney

A film focuses on the violent past of the mutant Wolverine and his relationship with his half-brother Victor Creed.

Clunky dialogue, tepid fight scenes and cartoonish CGI work.

Review by: MiamiMovieCritic

Added: 8 years ago

Confession: I don’t really get Wolverine. I know a lot of fanboys say he’s their favorite Marvel character, but I don’t read comic books. And based on the evidence of the X-Men trilogy and the new spinoff movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I honestly don’t see what the attraction is.

But if you think Wolverine is lame (and I sure do), wait until you see his nemesis in X-Men Origins. He shares Meg Griffin’s amazing ability to grow her fingernails!

Directed by the acclaimed South African director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Rendition), X-Men Origins is rife with clunky dialogue, tepid fight scenes and cartoonish CGI work. That’s too bad because the film has some real potential. The cast is solid. Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine, once again bringing more to this part than it really deserves. Liev Schreiber is also excellent in the silly role of Wolverine’s brother. And Danny Huston plays Stryker, the malevolent military man so chillingly played by Brian Cox in X2.

The film is disappointing because the Wolverine/Stryker relationship was actually one of the more intriguing aspects of X2. You wanted to see what their backstory was, but it’s just not very interesting here.

Wolverine is kind of an asshole in this movie. He keeps cutting down trees. Quit cutting down trees, asshole! He ends up being about as likable as The Comedian in Watchmen.

The climactic fight is kinda cool, though it’s marred somewhat by the fact that the scariest villain in the movie is played by… Ryan Reynolds?! X-Men Origins might work for 12-year-olds. For the rest of us, this is background noise.