Sunday, May 3

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Review

Yet another fan review slamming the movie? No, not really. If you read my blog, you know the 411... spoiler-free review first and then spoilers last.

If you like the Wolverine in the X-Men movies, then you will be happy with this. It is a good movie, nice action and not-bad special effects. But if you want a berserker Wolverine, then you will be disappointed. I went to see the movie with my cousin, who is a big Wolverine fan and he liked the beginning but not the ending. And no, Wolverine doesn't make a new 'X' team, he is just part of a small military one early on.

I liked the movie except for the 'bone claws.' Yes, bone claws. According to a friend, the bone claws were in the comics but I didn't know that. It was just bothersome. Sabertooth (Liev Schreiber) is Wolverine's brother in this movie and they grew up since the early 1700's or something. Wolverine kills the man who kills the man who thinks is his father but that man was really his father and shows his claws when he is young. His name is James but then called Logan by the end. Last Name? Dunno. Anyhoo, he and Victor join the army and fight war after war (Civil War, World War, Vitanam War..) and join a team of mutants for the army under William Stryker (Danny Houston, who looks like a mix of Reaper's Ray Wise and Desperate Housewive's Richard Burgi).

Part of the team is a teleporter John Wraith (Black Eyed Pea's Will i Am), Fred "The Blob" Dukes (Lost's Kevin Durand)--- who's super-strong and invulnerable, electricty controller Chris "Bolt" Bradley (Lost's Dominic Monaghan), expert marksman Agent Zero (Daniel Henney in his first English-speaking role even though he is American born) and mercenary Wade Wilson (Blade: Trinity's Ryan Reynolds). By the way, as a gay man, there is an array of hotties and we get to see Hugh's butt a bunch of times but no full frontal. So James quits and then falls in love with Kayla, who is seemingly killed by Sabertooth--who is killing mutants. Stryker collects mutants and James is out to kill his brother as revenge for his love's murder. He lets Stryker inject him with the legendary metal and he gets metal claws.

Then there are twists and turns but basically Stryker is collecting mutants to get their powers to give to Wade, who is now Deadpool. Wolverine has to get to this island where Stryker, Sabertooth and the kidnapped mutants are, and the only one to escape was Gambit (Friday Night Light's Taylor Kitsch) and he needs him to get there. Scott Summers a.k.a. Cyclops is one of these mutants and Kayla's sister is Emma Frost--or a X-Men movie version of her. In the comics, Silverfox was not related to Emma Frost and nor was Wolverine and Sabertooth. The movie is not bad, but is it worth seeing? Well, if you liked the X-Men movies, sure yeah then. My cousin said it was better than X-Men: Last Stand. Fans of any of these characters will not be pleased though. Will i am did a good enough job, Ryan is great actor but annoying here, Dommick is a great actor but this role is forgettable, Liev hams it up here, and Kevin is hilarious and energetic.