X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
AUGUST 3, 2013

In the first of the origin series, we follow the most exciting character, Logan, aka the Wolverine, played brilliantly yet again by the talented Hugh Jackman, who has wholly embodied this role from the beginning. The writers of this X-Men endeavor do not skimp on the details as we follow Logan back to when he was a child. We learn his back story, his connection to half-brother Sabretooth (recast as Liev Shreiber), and how he becomes the adamantium-infused monster at the hands of Col. Stryker (Danny Huston this time around). Although the recasting does wonders for the series’s performances, changing preexisting characters used in previous films does absolutely nothing for the film’s continuity.

At times bombarded with mutants, we meet Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), John Wraith (will.i.am), The Blob (Kevin Durand), and Bradley (Dominic Monaghan). None of this incredibly talented ensemble cast can help the fact that the screenplay is not well-written. With not much chemistry between the actors, there’s little to latch onto for the audience. Add wasting the high-profile character Deadpool, and you see how the film fails. However, bringing Hugh Jackman on board keeps this film afloat and delivers an entertaining albeit pretentious glimpse into the world of the X-Men. Somehow I have the feeling that the individual origin films will stop where they started.

RELEASE DATE
May 1, 2009

DIRECTOR
Gavin Hood

WRITTEN BY
David Benioff
Skip Woods

BASED ON
“Wolverine”
by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita Sr.

STUDIO
20th Century Fox

PG-13
(for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity)

ACTION
ADVENTURE
SCI-FI

107 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Donald McAlpine

COMPOSER
Harry Gregson-Williams

EDITOR
Nicolas De Toth
Megan Gill

CAST
Hugh Jackman
Liev Schreiber
Danny Huston
Will.i.am
Lynn Collins
Kevin Durand
Dominic Monaghan
Taylor Kitsch
Daniel Henney
Ryan Reynolds

PRODUCED BY
Lauren Shuler Donner
Ralph Winter
Hugh Jackman
John Palermo

BUDGET
$150 million

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