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Review | X-Men Origins: Wolverine – 2009

The film about how it all started: X-Men Origins: Wolverine  starring Hugh Jackman as Logan / The Wolverine.

The young Logan and his brother Victor (Liev Schreiber), who are both slightly different because of their werewolf abilities, spend their lives together and serves in many wars. When the brothers get noticed by Stryker (Danny Huston) someone of the government, because of Victor’s violent behavior in the army, they are invited to join a special ‘ army’  along other mutants. When things get too heavy/violent for Logan, he leaves the squad and heads back to the woods of Canada. Here he lives as a lumberman with his girl Kayla (Lynn Collins) untill the day Stryker asks for his help.

wolverine3After this point the film gets a bit more interesting. We see how Logan becomes this strong men with his adamantium skeleton and why he went through this transformation of becoming ‘X’. Shortly after this transformation we find out that Stryker is not a man of his word and has his own agenda, so does Logan’s girlfriend. Kayla however has good reasons for betraying Logan.

Logan reconnects with two guys of the special squad: John Wraith (Will.I.Am) and Fred Dukes (Kevin Durand). With the help of these guys Logan finds Remy LeBeau (Taylor Kitsch) who brings him to some island. This island is supposed to be an experimental place where Stryker does his freaky things. For Logan really applies the saying: “What happens on the island, stays on the island.” After some fighting with Stryker’s men and saving the people who were used for experiments, Logan got shot in the head. For the people who remembers the first X-Men’ film from 2000, know what this means for Logan. I was very happy to see Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) at the end and anyway one of the future X-Men: Scott Summers, the one with the laser eyes.

I liked this film because this ‘prequel’ shows how X-Men begins and how Wolverine became the men he is today. But after I read that this plot is somewhat told in X2, which I didn’t know, this film is actually meaningless. The film never really got my attention or got me at the edge of my seat. Afterwards I realized that I’ve seen the film before but didn’t remember it. It made no impression. The fighting scenes looked okay, however some parts were a bit laughable. Especially the moments when some guy run against the wall. I know I have seen X-men and X2 before but also they didn’t leave any impression with me. So, not really a big X-Men fan, nor a Hugh Jackman fan.

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