The Wolverine

Film, Action and adventure
2 out of 5 stars
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The Wolverine

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

If it feels like yesterday that we last saw Hugh Jackman grim up to play Marvel’s fuzziest superhero, that’s because – in Wolverine years, at least – it was. In 2009, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ excavated the backstory of the deathless, blade-fingered brute, but was received with enough indifference to send Hollywood scuttling into reboot mode. With jack-of-all-trades director James Mangold (‘Girl, Interrupted’, ‘Knight and Day’) now in charge, Wolverine has gained a definite article but little else. This turgid return papers over the previous film’s narrative, but creates little in the way of a fresh character arc.

A World War II-set prologue sees Wolverine escape from a prisoner of war camp while Nagasaki gets nuked in the background – setting the taste level for the rest of the film. Fast-forward 70 years to find him camping in the Canadian wild, bonding with grizzlies while his dead girlfriend Jean (Famke Janssen) breathily haunts him from the beyond. That’s going nowhere, so it’s back to Japan, where a past acquaintance has a score to settle. Our hero is swiftly inveigled into a countrywide chase to protect comely heiress Mariko (Tao Okamoto) from sundry yakuza, a viperish – literally – vixen and this summer’s second sword-wielding robot.

It’s the stuff of Saturday-morning cartoons, but Mangold – who, as in the appalling ‘Knight and Day’, edits all action sequences on the shaky frappé setting – hasn’t the visual pop or lightness of touch to make it bounce. Jackman, meanwhile, acts strictly from his chest outwards, evidently saving energy for his seventh appearance as Wolfie in next year’s all-too-aptly titled ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’.



Release details

Release date:
Friday July 26 2013
126 mins

Cast and crew

James Mangold
Hugh Jackman
Rila Fukushima
Famke Janssen
Tao Okamoto

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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2.5 / 5

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POST THIS- I submitted a review a couple of weeks ago when this mostly useless movie was released and Time Out has not posted it cause it also criticised Time Out's bad film reviews. What corrupt fascists, no wonder art is dead when Time Out censors any criticism- do not upset the money. By the way the movie is only worth one star: no story, no direction, minimal acting and bad dialogue.

I quite liked it. Its no great shakes plot or action wise and in my mind the Wolverine has run its course as a solo act. I think you could probably legitimately argue for it being a two or a three star film.

Hugh Jackman as the aggresive Wolverine, Tao Okamoto as the elegant woman he falls in love with in Japan and Svetlana Khodchenkova as the lethal Viper are great. Direction and music are good too. However the plot is inconsistent, fights lack blood and the climax is not impressive. 'Origins' was certainly better thanks to the antagonism between Logan and Creed and the cool battles of super heroes and villains.

... I found the film more watchable than the review above would suggest, but agree that pace and 'pop' is missing. Comic book noir? However, there are a number of genuinely cool moments, notably trying to tie together Wolverine, Origins and X3. The tension developed by making the usually unstoppable main character physically vulnerable for the first time ever was well done and made me fear for him - a new experience for me. I didn't see it in 3D and since most of the film is dimly lit I don't believe I missed much. If the comparsion is useful to anyone, I enjoyed Origins more than The Wolverine.