X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Review


Verdict: Pitiful

Shallow story with average acting and effects.

Review

Logan (Hugh Jackman) discovers at a young age his ability to extend claws from his hands. After fighting numerous wars alongside his brother Victor (Liev Schreiber), they get recruited into Stryker’s (Danny Huston) team of unique individuals, consisting of: John (Will.i.am), Fred (Kevin Durand), Chris (Dominic Monaghan) and Wade (Ryan Reynolds). Soon after, Logan leaves the crew and lives a content life with Kayla (Lynn Collins). However, the past catches up with him and both of them are in danger. Directed by Gavin Hood.

I found this story to be pretty shallow as things just seemed to happen without explanation. The beginning scene just jumps right into it with no context given. Things happened very sequentially and it was continuous but so much so that it felt mechanic. The film was also predictable  and presented a little statically. I’m not saying the whole film was awful, some scenes were OK, but overall I wasn’t feeling it.

The acting is average. I know Wolverine is supposed to be this kind of stoic person- so props to Jackman for keeping his character consistent throughout all these years, but that also makes him hard to relate to. Will.i.am does a decent job as does Collins, Schreiber, Huston and Reynolds (who does a much better Deadpool in the recent one). Personally, I felt that Taylor Kitsch’s performance was the most engaging as his character is the most charismatic and with the most flare.

Additionally, I did not feel the chemistry between the actors, and their dialogue felt awkward at times. The elderly Hudson couple (Julia Blake and Max Cullen) added an interesting alternative to the way Wolverine’s life could have ended up. I liked the addition of the couple as it added something homely and civilized to the chaos of the film. That is probably why I did not like the film that much, because it had so much unnecessary and unexplained violence and aggression.

The visual effects of the gore, and of certain landscapes as well are quite lacking. Numerous scenes are obviously filmed in front of a green screen which actually made me wonder how old the film was when I was watching it. Blood splatters too is very tomato-sauce like. Action scenes weren’t too bad though, and stunts are well performed.

To sum-up:
PROS: Acting, stunts
CONS: Story, chemistry, effects, violence

I give this a 5/10.

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