In 2009 20th Century Fox produced “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, a very lackluster prequel to the X-Men series. Origins was a failure with fans and critics alike, however it did make enough at the box office to warrant a sequel. “The Wolverine” has been through development hell with directors leaving, cast negotiations and even a tsunami. In the end, “The Wolverine” was finally pushed through and it was definitely worth the wait.
Taking place a few years after “X-Men: The: Last Stand” we find Logan (Hugh Jackman) a man lost with grief after the death of Jean Grey (Famke Jamssen) at his own hands. Alone in the wilderness swearing never to harm anyone again, Wolverine is tracked down by a young Japanese woman named Yuriko (Rila Fukushima). Yuriko ask that Logan came with her to Japan so that he can fulfill the dying wish of an old man, Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) head of Yashida corporation. Wolverine saved Yashida from the atom bomb that went off in Nagasaki and as a thanks Yashida would be able to remove the healing factor from Logan so he could live a “normal” life. I don’t want to spoil the movie but lets just say after this stuff goes down.
This movie was everything an X-Men and a Wolverine fan would love. It’s got fast past action, quick one liners and of course ninjas. The movie for the most part used practical effects which not only cut price down but made the fight scenes more authentic. And when CG was brought in it was very well used. I especially like the fight on top of the bullet train, that sequence was amazing. I only went to see the 2-D showing but to tell the truth there’s no real need for 3-D.If you are a fan of Japanese culture and mutants you will enjoy this film. My recommendation is to go see this movie and stay through the mid credits for an important scene.
Oxidation Level: 4 out of 5
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