Saturday, July 27, 2013


Opened May 1, 2009
1 hr 48 min
PG-13 | violence, intense sequences of action and some partial nudity

I originally skipped this movie back in 2009 because I was not a fan of the X-Men movies at the time.  The way they trigger happily killed off key characters was one of the main reasons but also horrible plots and bad acting contributed to it.  Now since I've seen The Wolverine and enjoyed it, I recently went back and saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

For those of you familiar with the comic book, X-Men Origins Wolverine like the X-Men movies take some liberty in creating their own origin of Wolverine.  A lot of familiar elements are there, such as Victor Creed aka Sabretooth and the Weapon X program that bonds Adamantium to his bones.  In one sense, it's good that it's different in that it becomes a bit more unpredictable.  However as far as revenge flicks goes, there's not much new to it other than the players involved are of the super powered kind.  The biggest difference between the comic book and the movie is Wolverine having a choice or so it seems.  Most of the film though is predictable as far as revenge flicks go from the get go.

The origin movie is your typical revenge flick but with quite a few twists.  Wolverine has always had a colorful and mysterious history that was just begging to be told on the big screen.  will.i.am did a good job in his debut role as John Wraith.  I also love Taylor Kitsch as Remy LeBeau / Gambit.  That's another X-Men character that I'm sure Marvel fans wouldn't mind seeing a solo film on.  I also enjoyed Ryan Reynolds short take on Wade Wilson, the merc with the mouth.  That's another spin off that I wouldn't have mind seeing.  The one that though interesting I didn't take to was Kevin Durand as Fred J. Dukes / The Blob.  His portrayal and origin story was more cartoonish than the other hardcore killers in the movie.  It just clash with the theme of the rest of the movie.  Also their interpretation of "Deadpool" leaves a little sour taste in the mouth, though the fight scenes was pretty cool.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie.  I actually enjoyed the ending of the movie as it ties into the comic book and the other X-Men movies well.  Hugh Jackman does a great job as always as Wolverine.  The plot could have been better, but it was still fun to watch.  This movie and The Wolverine has such contrasts, but I would still recommend both to everyone.  However, this movie is not necessary to watch The Wolverine.  

Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



Trailer:

Cast:

  • Hugh Jackman as James Howlett / Logan / Wolverine
  • Troye Sivan as Young Jame
  • Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed
  • Michael James Olsen as Young Victor
  • Danny Huston as William Stryker
  • will.i.am as John Wraith
  • Lynn Collins as Kayla Silverfox
  • Taylor Kitsch as Remy LeBeau / Gambit
  • Kevin Durand as Fred J. Dukes / The Blob
  • Dominic Monaghan as Chris Bradley
  • Daniel Henney as Agent Zero
  • Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson
  • Scott Adkins as Weapon XI / Deadpool
  • Tim Pocock as Scott Summers
  • Max Cullen and Julia Blake as Travis Hudson and Heather Hudson
  • Peter O'Brien as John Howlett
  • Aaron Jeffery as Thomas Logan
  • Alice Parkinson as Elizabeth Howlett: James' mother.
  • Tahyna Tozzi as Kayla's Sister / Emma



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