I actually liked X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), mainly due to the wonderful performances from Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber, in a film that was let down by a muddled ending. Nonetheless, for good or bad, The WOLVERINE acts more like a follow-up to the third X-Men film – The Last Stand (2006), a movie that I once again actually seem to enjoy more than most other people, especially for its’ emotional finale.
With all that in mind, The WOLVERINE still manages to stand alone, in a tale of regret and redemption, mostly set in Japan of the past and present. Upon surviving the destruction of Nagasaki during World War II, Wolverine returns to Japan to face new demons and ghosts of the past.
The movie also features a couple stunning performances from upcoming local talent, with Rila Fukushime as Yukio and Tao Okamoto as Mariko. Both ladies possess opposing styles and appearance, yet equally contribute superb characters for the franchise and the film.
Storywise, the movie moves along and a brisk pace, after a measured, slow beginning. Essentially a chase movie, highlighted by a couple key action sequences, the script itself was perhaps too pedestrian and predictable, though.
However, the film rests solely on the back of Hugh Jackman, and once again, as usual, he delivers everything you could ever hope to expect, in a role that he’s clearly now made he’s own. Overall, it’s a satisfying chapter of the mutant saga as we prepare for 2014’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
score: 7.5 out of 10.