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Running Time:
1 hour, 47 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This prequel is a great-looking, action-packed adventure, but it's weakened by a superficial script that ignores logic whenever it's inconvenient.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Closed Caption; The roots of Wolverine: A conversation with Stan Lee amd Len Wein featurette; Wolverine Unleashed: The complete origins featurette; Alternate "Memory Erase" sequence; Audio commentary by director Gavin Hood; Deleted & alternate scenes with commentary by Gavin Hood; Audio commentary by producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter.

Hugh Jackman
as Logan / Wolverine
Liev Schreiber
as Victor Creed / Sabretooth
Danny Huston
as William Stryker
Will i Am
as John Wraith
Lynn Collins
as Kayla Silverfox
Kevin Durand
as Frederick J. Dukes / The Blob
Dominic Monaghan
as Chris Bradley / Bolt
Taylor Kitsch
as Remy LeBeau / Gambit
Daniel Henney
as David North / Agent Zero
Ryan Reynolds
as Wade Wilson / Deadpool

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
This 4th installment of the comic book series X-Men begins more than a hundred years ago, at a time when Logan (Hugh Jackman "Australia") and his equally ageless brother Victor  (Liev Schreiber "Defiance") after having served together in many wars are recruited by William Stryker (Danny Huston "The Constant Gardener") to join a special unit made up of mutants. But their  mission goes badly, causing a rift between the siblings. Six years later, Victor is stalking their super-powered colleagues: including Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds "Definitely Maybe") and Bolt (Dominic Monaghan "The Lord of the Rings"), while Stryker tries to get Logan to rejoin his cause. But things go wrong after Victor kills Logan's girlfriend Kayla (Lynn Collins "The Lake House") forcing the brothers into a deadly feud. But perhaps someone else is pulling the strings.

Director Gavin Hood ("Rendition") gives the film a terrific visual style that brings out the fantasy elements while keeping things dark and gritty and allowing both Jackman and Schreiber to give outstanding performances. Utilizing swooping cameras and digital tricks which are sometimes a bit overdone, the film occasionally feels a bit too serious even though it's not actually about much more than a series of battles and has a fairly simplistic plot. Surprisingly, for all the brutal violence, there's not much blood. Which is something only videogame fans will understand.

Fortunately, the story is populated by terrific characters, including Logan and Victor, aka Wolverine and Sabretooth. And the film is almost stolen by the charming Will.I.Am ("Knocked Up"), as teleporting Wraith and especially the charismatic Taylor Kitch ("Snakes on a Plane") as the cardshark Gambit. Too bad that the script never includes a subtext that might have made the characters more identifiable, so in the end, it's difficult to care about these rather poorly-defined people, no matter how much fun we have watching them battling each other, but weakened by a cliche-ridden script, X-Men Origins: Wolverine tends to ignore logic whenever it's inconvenient.

                  X-Men Origins: Wolverine with Hugh Jackman: DVD Cover                              

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