X-Men Origins: Wolverine (12A)

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Posted: Mon Apr 27 2009

The first in a planned series of ‘X-Men’ prequels, ‘Wolverine’ arrives dogged by a lengthy production process (including a series of extensive and very public reshoots) and by the fact that an early version was leaked online some weeks before the official release. That version – dubbed a ‘workprint’ by the studio, but reportedly similar to the completed cut, barring a few effects shots – has already received a drubbing from those brave enough to admit to having watched it. So how does the finished film stand up?

The plot is thin and largely culled from an established backstory that anyone who's seen 'X2' will be familiar with. After unwittingly murdering his father, young Logan runs away to a life of war and turmoil: deathless and indestructible, Wolverine and his brother Victor, aka Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), are eventually recruited by Danny Huston’s black-ops expert General Stryker for a series of covert missions. But surveillance quickly turns to slaughter, and Logan turns his back on the military. Unfortunately – and predictably – it turns out the military isn’t close to finished with him.

On the plus side, Hugh Jackman is hugely likeable in a role he was born to play, slicing and dicing his way through a series of competent action sequences devised by ‘Rendition’ and ‘Tsotsi’ director Gavin Hood. The opening mapping Wolverine’s journey through a century of warfare, is epic, breathless and brilliant.

But the script is simply disastrous. Overloaded with murky, forgettable characters familiar only to fans of the comics, it’s shot through with both narrative inconsistencies and laughably functional dialogue.

A host of talented supporting players, including Liev Schreiber and Ryan Reynolds, are unforgivably wasted, while crude visual references to both ‘Watchmen’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ only highlight the film’s failed ambitions. With some dire blue-screen effects, dizzying tonal instability and a total absence of suspense or originality, ‘Wolverine’ is something of a disaster.
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Wed Apr 29, 2009

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Ryan

need to show more of the others like storm its always wolverine who you see the most in all x-men movies but it was great just let us see more storm and the others

Ryan

need to show more of the others like storm its always wolverine who you see the most in all x-men movies but it was great just let us see more storm and the others

mark

my dislike for this film is a simple "book is better than the movie" scenario. there isnt an xmen or wolverine comic anywhere, that wolverine and gambit are friends. in fact the constantly are at eachothers throats because they NEVER get along. so much, that marvel made a 3 issue wolverine vs. gambit series. gambit has 100% no role in wolverines past. he has a unique and dark past all his own. this is why he is my favorite xman. he is not a friendly person. hes a suave, smart ass, con. hes not a magician, hustler yes, card ticks, no. the only reason he uses cards is because they are small and he gets 52 "bullets" for cheap. his staff is retractable, and its not a helicopter. the cheap shot back hand was not lame. gambit is stupid enough to be bitch slapped. 2. wolverine would NEVER under ANY circumstances work or get along with sabertooth. they are mortal enemies. wolverine rages just at the smell of sabertooth. and they cant kill eachother because they share the same mutant power. and just so everyone knows, wolverine was not born with claws. his only mutant power is a rapid healing factor, also intensifying his senses. he agreed to the weapon x program because he wouldnt die from the procedure like all the previous patients, because of his healing factor. the claws came with the adamantium. in the later comics, magneto rips out wolverines adamantium and his body regenerates bone claws in place of the metal ones hes had for years. i have some other issues with the film itself such as stealing EXACT shot from other movies such as "Final Fantasy VII Advent Children" (wolverine uses his claws to do a u-turn on the motorcycle) immediately followed by "Matrix Reloaded" (wolverine's claws down the side of the hummer). Its not that these were similar shots, they were EXACTLY IDENTICAL. Cheesy sunset hero shots. The movie was high school good. it was a spit in the face of xmen fans everywhere....but we should be used to that by now.

chad

andy, just because you don't like it does not make it wrong for other people to like it. and ooooo girls like it tut tut....so? doesnt have to be an oscar award winnerfor people to like it...good film

chad

andy, just because you don't like it does not make it wrong for other people to like it. and ooooo girls like it tut tut....so? doesnt have to be an oscar award winnerfor people to like it...good film

andy

people that like this movie are the reason hollywood keeps putting this shit out. because you all buy into it. if you like this movie you know nothing about good storytelling or good film making. i find it funny how every female review loves this film. probably bc you cant stop looking at "hunky" hugh jackman. who by the way i no longer enjoy as wolverine. he has made wolverine passive and wimpy. he is no longer savage and primal. hes a pretty boy now. thats not wolverine. hollywood is taking you all for suckers. and guess what, you are letting them.

cee-jay

if you have to choose between this and F&F go see X_Men and for all you sad sacks whove never read a comic book in your life - fear the menopause - cause it's coming to getcha

cee-jay

if you have to choose between this and F&F go see X_Men and for all you sad sacks whove never read a comic book in your life - fear the menopause - cause it's coming to getcha

rash

the reason this been rated sht its because the 90s x-men cartoon series had a better storyline

annomyis

Why have u guys who thouight it was shit put loads if stars I goin to watch it with my boyfriend and I think its gonna be awesome!!!

annomyis

Why have u guys who thouight it was shit put loads if stars I goin to watch it with my boyfriend and I think its gonna be awesome!!!

lyndon minor

The film had a good story and was well linked to the previous xmen films it should be rated 4 stars some people have no taste

sam

If you go into this movie expecting it to be "good" then you're an idiot. It was obvious from previews and seeing other marvel renditions that this wasn't going to be intellectual, acurate, or have any oscar nominations. So people who go on saying this movie sucked...why would they really think otherwise. It's a summer action movie with superheroes. Thats all that was intended. It wasn't great. I grew up on comics, know the wolverine story in and out and saw all the discrepencies. However, you do see a character who is wolverine-like tearing things up. The action was fun and i came out wishing i had some claws like i was 10 again. So just sit back, enjoy, and don't stress about the quality of the movie because honestly that's never what this movie was about.

Nao

Terrible. TERRIBLE. But this is coming from a huge Marvel fan. If you have no idea how this movie SHOULD have been made, you'll love it, but if you know how the stories and characters should be, you'll hate it to hell. Some characters they made powers up for and then gave them the name of known heroes - Especially Deadpool. What the hell Fox. What the hell.

The Hawk

Such a major disappointment... Forgive the pun, but to give credit where it's due, the opening title sequence is great! It really gives you the sense that a troublesome relationship with some real emotional investment is developing between 2 brothers (who aren't brothers really in the comics!) Why does Stan Lee continuously allow his universe to be pillaged? Another very disappointing Marvel adaptation - I never really liked any of the XMEN films as they all lack intelligent stories and are too pop. I enjoyed Spiderman 2. Wolverine is possibly among the worst of a bad bunch, right down there with Elektra and Dare Devil. The last half hour is laughable. The film is generally upsetting - I was really looking forward to this one. Oh well, maybe next time...

Missy

the film was amazing! love wolverine! best x-men film!! enough said!

Missy

the film was amazing! love wolverine! best x-men film!! enough said!

Storm

What is wrong with some of you people? This movie was terrible. It has nothing to do with any connection to the comic; it was just a bad movie. The dialogue was weak. The acting talent was completely wasted. Where was Ryan Reynolds? What was that ridiculous action sequence at the end? None of the characters were really explored except for Wolverine. The film had no depth and suffered from a bad script.

Holly

For somebody who really hates films like X-Men I really loved X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It was honestly amazing, I would go and see it again any day. I loved it and I have picked up some great quotes from it, 'Ooh shiny'.

Holly

For somebody who really hates films like X-Men I really loved X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It was honestly amazing, I would go and see it again any day. I loved it and I have picked up some great quotes from it, 'Ooh shiny'.

wolfy

OK Well as for someone who knows tons of people who read the comic books and I personally haven't... I loved this movie. My friends did too. If you didn't enjoy it well then you are more than likely not a big fan of this type of movie quit wasting your money and everyone elses time. Honestly its a Wolverine fans' dream with a little bit of Gambit and Deadpool thrown in. It is much much better than X-3, quit pretending its not.

wolfy

OK Well as for someone who knows tons of people who read the comic books and I personally haven't... I loved this movie. My friends did too. If you didn't enjoy it well then you are more than likely not a big fan of this type of movie quit wasting your money and everyone elses time. Honestly its a Wolverine fans' dream with a little bit of Gambit and Deadpool thrown in. It is much much better than X-3, quit pretending its not.

roge

someone said "Listen this film was good if not better than the other X men movies" he must be on drugs,... worst movie of all the x men.

sexy

ok i never read a comic book in my life. bit i do have to say that it was a bad movie. it has nothhing to do with peps that read comics. its just a vere bad move, (remember i never read a comics) i think that there get offfend, and trying to say its a good move, when its not so get a life movie likers of this bad movie.

steve

Some comments on here just astound me with their stupidity sometimes like this movie was great, OMFG. the story of the movie suck.

frank

You don't need to be a fan of the comics to know that this movie sucks.

Bob

Heres an idea put down the comic books get out of your parents basement, and good see a good movie like this one with some friends or a cute girl.

Bob

Heres an idea put down the comic books get out of your parents basement, and good see a good movie like this one with some friends or a cute girl.

ethan

Listen this film was good if not better than the other X men movies. If you don't like it, its because your a die hard comic book fan who is throwing a fit that its not following the comic step by step. WHO CARES the point is it a good action movie which you don't see anymore, originality is the one of the most important aspects to film, theres nothing wrong with recreating something.

ethan

Listen this film was good if not better than the other X men movies. If you don't like it, its because your a die hard comic book fan who is throwing a fit that its not following the comic step by step. WHO CARES the point is it a good action movie which you don't see anymore, originality is the one of the most important aspects to film, theres nothing wrong with recreating something.

jousha

There's an implicit threat in the title 'X-Men-Origins: Wolverine.' It's the suggestion that there are lots of X-Men, and each one has an origin, and that this is just the first of a potentially endless series of X-Men movies — each one doing what this one does: boring audiences with go-nowhere action sequences, while dazzling the mind with zingy repartee, such as, 'Well, well, well! Look what the cat dragged in!'" omfg DAM MOVIE SUCKS. NUFF SAID

stacy

x men 3 was bad. this is the same maybe the worst of all the x men movies. its like they dont even care about this movie when it was made, no story line what so ever,

ScotishLass

I get so sick of the whiney dunderheads..."it's not like the comic." Go read the comics then and stay out of the theater. THIS WAS GREAT ENTERTAINMENT! My attention was riveted the whole time, and I came away with a deeper appreciation for the Wolverine character. We didn't all grow up reading the comics, so chill out and be glad that a whole new population is coming to love these guys. I'm going to see this again, and can't wait for the next one!

ScotishLass

I get so sick of the whiney dunderheads..."it's not like the comic." Go read the comics then and stay out of the theater. THIS WAS GREAT ENTERTAINMENT! My attention was riveted the whole time, and I came away with a deeper appreciation for the Wolverine character. We didn't all grow up reading the comics, so chill out and be glad that a whole new population is coming to love these guys. I'm going to see this again, and can't wait for the next one!

Andy

The main problem I had with this film started about 10 seconds in - if a superhero is immortal and indestructible, where's the tension? We know he can't die or even be hurt for long, so what's the point? And by making him over 100 years old, the idea that it took him a century to fall in love just makes him look a bit dim.

Djole

After the mess that was X-Men 3 this is a welcome return to form for the franchise. I loved the movie, and I speak as a comic aficiniado who has the original X-Men comics written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by John Byrne.

Djole

After the mess that was X-Men 3 this is a welcome return to form for the franchise. I loved the movie, and I speak as a comic aficiniado who has the original X-Men comics written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by John Byrne.

Ano

I personally have not seen it, but my dad being a Wolverine fan went to go see it on the day it came out to theatres. Since he was actually around when Wolverine comics came out, he told me that it reminded him of the comics. So obviously all those bashing on people saying that they know nothing of the original origins, shut up. Statistically you might not even know the full origin story, or your a young sucker who thinks he knows all until some older fellow who grew up in that time comes along and proves you wrong. You have no idea what people know, plus even if they do not follow the comics, doesn't mean that it is a bad movie. Besides my ranking is based upon what my dad would mark, not me, maybe my view point of a good movie is different than his but I will have to see to find out. So from what my dad says, you want to see a Great Action flick, and watch a classic comic figure kick butt than go see the movie.

Ano

I personally have not seen it, but my dad being a Wolverine fan went to go see it on the day it came out to theatres. Since he was actually around when Wolverine comics came out, he told me that it reminded him of the comics. So obviously all those bashing on people saying that they know nothing of the original origins, shut up. Statistically you might not even know the full origin story, or your a young sucker who thinks he knows all until some older fellow who grew up in that time comes along and proves you wrong. You have no idea what people know, plus even if they do not follow the comics, doesn't mean that it is a bad movie. Besides my ranking is based upon what my dad would mark, not me, maybe my view point of a good movie is different than his but I will have to see to find out. So from what my dad says, you want to see a Great Action flick, and watch a classic comic figure kick butt than go see the movie.

D3

One word kept flashing though my mind as I watched this movie - LAME. How Marvel allows this to happen to such a popular and longstanding character as Wolverine is beyond me. This character, who John Byrne and Chris Clairemont and then countless other talented writers have turned slowly into one of the best comic book characters of all times is completely sold out inside of 3 minutes in this film. Nothing against Hugh Jackman, but the only thing that resembles Wolverine on that guy is his face - and since when was he the same size as Sabertooth? And what about his covert asian background? The adamantimum transformation was one of the most physically traumatic experiences of the character's life, and yet the movie treats it like he got a filling at the dentist. And WTF was Deadpool about? Why even go there? Did the film need it? Why didn't we at least get the Sabertooth we saw in the X-Men movies? And why use Cyclops in that way? And what was with the totally forgettable girlfriend? I thought what Spidey 3 did to the Gwen Stacey character was a travesty, but this takes the cake. As a lifelong Wolverine fan this movie was deeply disappointing if not downright insulting to the franchise, had little if anything to do with the character as written, and should be swept under the mythos carpet ASAP. Boo, people! Just boo. Sad follow up to Iron Man - why reconstruct characters that have already stood the test of time across such a huge fanbase? This was obviously more about the money than about any commitment to the Wolverine character. This movie just sucked bigtime!!! PLEASE MARVEL - MORE IRON MAN QUALITY AND LESS OF THIS INSULTING CRAP!! WHY DO YOU THINK THESE CHARACTERS ARE POPULAR?!? I want my money back. I only put one star because that was the minumum - personally I'd give this one a -3.

Michael Laing

This film is not good. The script is awful, I wrote better stories when I was 4, Apart from one or two one liners the dialogue is sub par, the story rediculous, charactor building is pretty much forgotten, the story clunks along form one fight scene to the next (more about the fight stuff later. The diecting and cinematography is uninspired and pretty amateurish. The ation scenes are about as exciting as watching socks dry. I have seen it all done before and better in count;ess other film. I hate fast cutting anyway especially in action scene (it can work in some films Bourne being a good example) but here it is done badly and combined with the ropey wire work and below standard special effects. Due to the script most of the actors are given very little to work with. I can only think of one good one liner and that comes from Liev Schreiber Creed charactor. Hugh Jackman may look good but isn't given anyfthing decent to say and isn't given a chance to develop the characterr. Ryan Reynolds is given nothing to do with Deadpool and the he just isn't funny. I must admit to being a big deadpool fan and really hated that they did to him (why do movies have to change successful charactors so much and turn them into dog droppings). Taylor Kitsch is ok as Gambit but it feels as if he has just been added in for the sake of getting another popular character on screen The music for the film was ok but kept getting over melodramatic, which isn't helped by the complete disinterest in the charactrrs, which means the score is wasted and became annoying after a while This film is a huge mess. I don't think a film should be made badly just because it is a action or comic book film, I like good action films but this film fails in almost every respect. If you want a good x men film go and watch X2 which is much better. If you want a good Marvel film watch Blade 2 or Iron man. If you want to see a good superhero film go and watch the matrix or last 2 batman films which is superior in every way.

Belle

Are you guys out of your mind!?! You know X Men Origins: Wolverine was intensively illusive and action based all the way throughout the film. Note - My critique will be featured on The New Yorker and I want to see these ratings climb to the top.

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