Wednesday, March 10, 2010

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

I really enjoyed the previous "X-Men" films and Wolverine was the best thing about them.  Wolverine was an interesting character who we wanted to know more about.  "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" sheds some light on what has happened in his past.

This film really misses the mark.  I didn't find Wolverine's origin story nearly as interesting.  Wolverine has an estranged relationship with his brother who becomes the villainous Sabertooth.  Sabertooth is played by Liev Schreiber who does an OK job.  The drama of brothers being mortal enemies doesn't have the impact it should because their "happy" times together are only briefly shown in the opening credits sequence.  

Hugh Jackman is good as Wolverine.  He is the perfect Wolverine.  Unfortunately, the film suffered from its script.  There was only one scene that I really enjoyed.  That was the scene where Logan's body is being injected with the indestructible metal thus creating Wolverine.  It was shot very nicely.  The opening credits sequence was interesting also.  Wolverine and Sabertooth are shown fighting side by side in every American war from the Civil War on.  It was a good looking opening.

The special effects were terrible in this film.  Some of the worst I have seen.  The effects in the other "X-Men" films were not nearly as bad.  Another thing that I wasn't crazy about were the other mutants.  We finally get a look at Gambit, the card throwing super hero.  He was OK, but we didn't really need him in the story.  The other mutants are basically just thrown into the mix to have a full cast of extras.

"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" didn't have the feel of the previous X-Men films.  It actually felt like a long boring episode of "Heroes".  The film seems to be heavily influenced by "Heroes".  Sabertooth is the Sylar character.  He is collecting the powers of other mutants to create a super mutant dubbed Weapon XI.  (Wolverine was Weapon X).  Stryker is the person who runs operations, much in the way the company and Noah Bennet ran things in "Heroes".  I know that "Heroes" is in fact influenced by Marvel and all of these X-Men characters, but this time I feel the tables have been reversed.  "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" unintentionally does one thing.  It makes the viewer crave a good episode of "Heroes".


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