1 hour, 47 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity.
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.
as Logan / Wolverine
as Victor Creed / Sabretooth
as William Stryker
Will i Am
as John Wraith
as Kayla Silverfox
as Frederick J. Dukes / The Blob
as Chris Bradley / Bolt
as Remy LeBeau / Gambit
as David North / Agent Zero
as Wade Wilson / Deadpool
|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