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X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Wolverine 300!?

Zack Snyder and Bryan Singer turned down the chance to direct the film. Snyder was too busy developing Watchmen (2009), while Singer was too busy with other projects. Snyder also was interested in making the film R-rated, while Hugh Jackman and Lauren Shuler Donner wanted to settle on a PG-13 rating.

 Wolverine is the most popular character in the X-Men series so it was only a matter of time before he would receive his own film. Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the clawed mutant infused with adamantium who is on the hunt for revenge. Depicting his time with Team X and before he was injected with the indestructible metal and became Weapon X, X-Men Origins: Wolverine shows the life of Logan that we never knew. 

Born a mutant with retractable bone claws and a regenerative ability, James “Logan” Howlett and his half brother Victor live a life of war and violence. Engaging in the Civil War as well as both WWI and II, the brothers are finally recruited by William Stryker to join a elite group of mutants known as Team X.
 
After many questionable missions, Logan decides to leave the team and live a quiet life. Unfortunately, Striker and Victor see otherwise and he is ‘forced’ into the Weapon X program where his body becomes infused with the indestructible adamantium. After learning that he has been tricked, Wolverine goes on a mission of revenge. How do you stop an indestructible mutant with metal claws and the ability to regenerate? You don’t.
 
The coolest thing about the X-Men films is all the mutants and their abilities. Origins is no exception as you will see the likes of Deadpool, John Wraith, Chris Bradley, Fred Dukes, and Agent Zero. The much anticipated Remy LeBeau aka Gambit makes an appearance as well. Most of them are fairly close to their comic book counterparts. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) has that comedic touch and we see Fred Dukes the way he was meant to be as The Blob. A few things were changed such as Silverfox’s ability of persuasion rather than rapid healing. Deadpool’s story was also changed a bit but I’ll leave that up to the audience to find out.
 
Hugh Jackman doesn’t play Wolverine, he is Wolverine. The anger and ferocity we have seen in the other films is nothing compared to this one.  As a result, the film is much darker than the others. The constant battle with his brother, Sabretooth, shows why they hate each other so much in the later films. It’s easy to see why Hugh Jackman was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” for much of the film; you see him and his ripped body without a shirt on although that is more for the ladies.
 
Probably the most disappointing aspect of the film was the special effects. I know the claws were difficult to do but there is no excuse for them to look worse than how they were depicted in the other X-Men films. If anything, they should have looked better. Most of the effects were noticeably fake and unrealistic, even bullet fire for a few scenes. If they were trying something new, it’s understandable but it was stuff we have all seen done better.
 
Special effects aside, Wolverine is an action packed claw-fest that fans will enjoy…at least more so than X3. It’s definitely not the best Marvel film out there but holds its ground. I would have like to seen more of Team X, especially Deadpool, and Gambit as well but they did live up to expectations. You won’t be making a mistake if you go and see Wolverine, just don’t expect anything amazing.
Matt Rodriguez
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