X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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.

By: Tom Huddleston

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Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Wednesday April 29 2009
Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Gavin Hood
Screenwriter: David Benioff, Skip Woods
Cast: Hugh Jackman
Liev Schreiber
Danny Huston
Lynn Collins
Will.i.am
Ryan Reynolds
Dominic Monaghan
Kevin Durand
Taylor Kitsch
Scott Adkins
Tim Pocock
Julia Blake
Max Cullen

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:60
  • 4 star:7
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:5
  • 1 star:28
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This movie didn't rate too well but I can't really see why. Sure, Deadpool is completely wasted here and it's funny that Mr Reynolds ended up playing the role in the smash hit Marvel movie a couple of years ago, but the origin of Logan and his Adamantium skeleton is interesting, with a story of loss and betrayal making this a good revenge movie. The relationship with Logan and his brother Sabertooth is also fun, with some good fights between the almost indestructible duo. The effects don't stand up well though, with Wolverine's metal claws looking like something out of Roger Rabbit! Also some heartfelt moments to be had with love and loss.


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


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


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


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!!!


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


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'.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


The movie was no "Forrest Gump" or "On Golden Pond", that's for sure, but it was enjoyable. Fair enough, the characters were not as deep as some would like, but they were identifiable and easily distinguished from one another. The special effects at times left something to be desired, and as a fan, I'm a bit disgusted with the portrayal of Gambit. In this writer's opinion, that was the largest let down. Yes, I'm familiar with the actual print media this film was ~loosely~ based upon, and appreciate the care the writers and director took to address the needs of both the die-hard fans and also the "film fans". Clearly, not a film for everyone, it did entertain. As a side note, I'd ask that any adult writing a review here take a few moments to recall a little device we were introduced to in school called a dictionary. While my own diction fails at moments, for the majority I double check the words I can't spell. I felt inclined to write a more positive review here for others to see just to prove that not everyone that watches this film is a bloody knuckle dragging porkskin eating neanderthal. I'm an educated, working adult who enjoys taking his son to see films that are energy driven and partially mindless. And alas, escapist at the core. I was able to feel immersed in this world with probable suspension of reality and disbelief long enough to enjoy the material presented, minus a few quirks that actually made me feel more for the characters that in my opinion were done "right". While correctly billed as "not JUST for the Xmen/Wolverine" fanboys, this film was worth taking the time out of your day to just sit back and enjoy a fantastic story. Anal retentives need not reply. Cheers.


There's been a load of reviews saying this movie sucks, and loads of reviews saying it was amazing, but I'd justy like to say that if your not a huge fan and follow the comics avidly, then you should enjoy it. Those of you who believe the comics as scripture will probably hate it as they have changed the story around to make it fit in with Xmen 1, and I guess to make it fit into a 2hr slot. That being said, if you just want to see a good film (granted there are some special effects issues that look a bit 90s) then this is for you, as there are some good one liners in a pretty funny at times script, and the action and fight scenes are really good. If you liked the other Xmen films (which also completely changed true comic events and histories) then you will like this.


This was my favorite movie of all time wolverine is my favorite xmen. The was almost better than the movie. Can not wait to magneto prequel.


Not a bad attempt. Will never be as good as the mags, but that is always the way. The story was told so a new commer could follow it.Take it for what it is - 2 hours of escapism.


great film for what it is! fans of movie series will love it. if you are looking for a comic book remake then you are out of luck. this film follows a traditional cinematic arc. It should be highly profitable and entertaining for viewer who like the story and are not looking for something that doesn't work in a 2hr story like watchmen. now that film sucked!


The movie is awesome actually...I am a huge fan of the X-men, and this movie totally fills a lot of huge holes I never understood. The tension between Cyclops & Wolverine, his love of Jean Grey, and of course how he got his adamantium frame. Do yourself a favor, and see this movie today!


It truly is ridiculus that you people are making that big a deal over a movie. Its just that, a movie, get off your ass and get a life. I am sure this movie is just as good as the other 3, give them a break.


i guess the only pepole that will like this bad move are the ones that dont know anything about Wolverine Origins or are just clueless on how bad this move is. even with that said, its a bad movie made. its the worst of all the x men. god dam it. i just weasted my money for this shit ass move.


all i can say is dont see this. never saw a move so meesed up then this one. could they f****up this move any more. Yes they DID. BIG TIME F*****UP.


have to say scorpion, right move sucked bad, just saw it in at the movies, i just spend $30 dollers with my 2 sons who even they say the move all worg. they didnt like and nethier did i. save your moner for someting better. its stuped how Wolverine loses his memory.


The movie is the same as the leked (just finshed of coresd) the move sucks vere bad. as for peps saying the move is good, there neve read the comics or have a clue of what makes a move good. its a dister to Origins not even close. they should shot the wirter. and to how he lose is memory at the end is the most stupdy thing i ever seen OMFG. what where they thinking. this move suck bad what a weast of a movie.


This reviewer must have watched the bootleg copy that's surfing the internet. You know the one that was not finished...


This reviewer must have watched the bootleg copy that's surfing the internet. You know the one that was not finished...


Well, I walked out of the theatre smiling and satisfied. YES, some CGI parts reminded me of those of the 90s. But this movie did remind me of the comic book era. I say this movie is worth a trip to the cinema. Writing this review immediately after midnight-showing is probably not going to sit well with the diehard fans who WOULD see it this late. Maybe next time wait a bit till the old people wake up.


I just came from watching the movie and I thought it was pretty good. I mean yeah they could have included more background on some of the characters but it was still enjoyable. For the people who are giving bad reviews saying it doesnt make sense or whatever....you got to have watched the other xmen movies or know the background on some of the characters to actually get things from the movie. OVERALL GREAT MOVIE!


I just came from watching the movie and I thought it was pretty good. I mean yeah they could have included more background on some of the characters but it was still enjoyable. For the people who are giving bad reviews saying it doesnt make sense or whatever....you got to have watched the other xmen movies or know the background on some of the characters to actually get things from the movie. OVERALL GREAT MOVIE!


A canadian canine carries the day in a a bravura mix of eccentric humour and rough machismo where a disillusioned wolverine declares he owns nothing to USA as he is CANADIAN ,the pun is intended in a double entendre as this movie deals with biological research carried out by the american government on mutants who are being experimented upon in a wasted nuclear dump ,again that is an embarrassing piece of spoof innuendo where american citizens are treated like baited specimen and the whole event becomes a rather depressing satire on the last regime . Jackman is superb and he carries the whole movie though Schreiber is much better than he was in DEFIANCE ,AND THE ACTION IS NEAT with a great set piece in a nigerian high-rise with Reynolds and a great escape sequence with a motorbike and a chopper which is astounding To watch -it is better then WATCHMEN as well as the last x-men ,but this is basically meant for hugh jackman and wolverine fans and they both do not disappoint at all as they virtually grace every sequence with their distinguished presence and the deadly CLAWS . it is not supposed to make sense in a logical paradigm as it originated as a MARVEL COMIC and it does not try to be a superfluous literary classic by MILTON -BUT TRIES TO STICK TO ITS MEAGRE MARVEL ORIGINS and it is pretty entertaining in it's silly premises without trying to change the planet from its mean moral milieu


Horrible disgusting excuse for a major motion picture. It makes me sad that they killed such a marketable character and at the same time ruined any chances of spin offs. Bravo guys.


Another depressingly predictable negative review. Can you not make the distinction between what makes a good action film, vs what makes a good Art house film etc. Wolverine is a COMIC BOOK adaptation, meaning that it has to achieve a balance between staying true to the source material (a comic lest we forget) while striving for something greater. sadly they cannot make it a foreign language film with 40 minutes of silent contemplation to fit in with your particular needs. To complain about "largely forgettable characters familar only to fans of the comics" is laughable and is the very height of nit-picking. Er, where do you think the characters came from - Shakespeare? Of course they are only familar to fans of the comics!!! What a nonsense statement! Ditto the dialogue. What are you expecting from a man with 3 ft Adamantium claws coming from his hands, fighting his mutant brother, while saving the world from a hybrid mutant? Poetry? It's a comic book romp for Chrissakes! A look through your review archives shows that you've showb nothing less than contemp for the entire genre with only the Dark Knight achieveing even a remotely good review (4*) and Iron Man receiving 3 stars. With public acclaim for both films being much higher, and even your own readers giving both films an average of 5 stars, I suspect that rather than universally critiqueing every film in the genre, I would spend some time looking in a mirror and asking yourselves when you got so bitter. Probably the day you stopped being relevant or in touch with the film industry. Please review films in relation to their genre or risk becoming a greater irrelevance


While I do agree with the review on some points - Ryan Reynolds TOTALLY wasted in the film (maybe he was cut short as he had other filming commitments at the time?) and Liev Schreiber not given enough screen time and depth of character - I hope they kept these character's stories more obtuse to allow a more in depth look at them when they have their own spin off movies? And some of the visual effects seemed poor considering the budget and scale of the film: blatant green screening when Wolverine is supposed to be riding a bike through a forest and occasionally his 'claws' look unbelievable. But that's nit-picking. I think to call the film on the whole a disaster is way too harsh. Every single actor in it is fantastic, the storyline keeps you interested throughout, there's some funny one liners and an overall good script, most of the special effects are pretty awesome, and the action/fight scenes are brilliant. There may be plot holes, but I think that's due to this film being based more on the comics, rather than trying to agree with another director's ideas for the other Xmen films? Either way, there's nothing bad enough about this film to warrant it being labelled a disaster. I would thoroughly recommend it (though I don't think anyone under the age of 11/12 should see it) and believe that pretty much anyone could enjoy this film.


While I do agree with the review on some points - Ryan Reynolds TOTALLY wasted in the film (maybe he was cut short as he had other filming commitments at the time?) and Liev Schreiber not given enough screen time and depth of character - I hope they kept these character's stories more obtuse to allow a more in depth look at them when they have their own spin off movies? And some of the visual effects seemed poor considering the budget and scale of the film: blatant green screening when Wolverine is supposed to be riding a bike through a forest and occasionally his 'claws' look unbelievable. But that's nit-picking. I think to call the film on the whole a disaster is way too harsh. Every single actor in it is fantastic, the storyline keeps you interested throughout, there's some funny one liners and an overall good script, most of the special effects are pretty awesome, and the action/fight scenes are brilliant. There may be plot holes, but I think that's due to this film being based more on the comics, rather than trying to agree with another director's ideas for the other Xmen films? Either way, there's nothing bad enough about this film to warrant it being labelled a disaster. I would thoroughly recommend it (though I don't think anyone under the age of 11/12 should see it) and believe that pretty much anyone could enjoy this film.


Totally agree with the Timeout review. Jackman did his best with what was essentially a load of twaddle. Anyone having a go at this reviewer is either hopelessly clueless about what actually makes a good film (and no, it's not special effects, repetitive fight sequences and gaping plot holes) or ten years old. Frankly, I suspect the latter. It was, sadly, rubbish.


I have to agree that while the film isn't a great work of art, it's an awful lot of fun. If you look beyond the clunky script and cheap looking effects, it has a lot of damn cool moments. It's true, Liev and Ryan were wasted but Hugh Jackman is pretty much always worth watching and I would happily sit through the film again. Happily. I came bouncing out of the cinema. He's just so cool.


JUST SHARING I REALLY ENJOYED IT,THAT'S ALL. ALSO,WE'VE BEEN BLESSED WITH A NICE LANGUAGE CALLED ENGLISH. TRY USING IT SOMEDAY.TAKE CARE,OVER AND OUT.


JUST SHARING I REALLY ENJOYED IT,THAT'S ALL. ALSO,WE'VE BEEN BLESSED WITH A NICE LANGUAGE CALLED ENGLISH. TRY USING IT SOMEDAY.TAKE CARE,OVER AND OUT.

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