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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

 

USA 2009, 107 minutes
Dir. Gavin Hood
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction / Fantasy

Topics: Superheroes.

 

Aroview: Hugh Jackman reprises his role as wolfy superhero Wolverine, charting his origin-story from innocent child through to fully-fledged, near-indestructible mutant in this prequel to the X-MEN films.

Although Jackman gives it his all in what is obviously a passion project (he also shares a producers credit) this is a somewhat overcooked affair which tries to string together too many fight scenes with paper-thin plot, ultimately blurring them into one chest-thumping montage. More problematic, for a character whose popularity has much to do with laddish charm, is a complete lack of humour; even the personable Jackman struggles with the leaden, angst-ridden dialogue. Satisfies as mindless entertainment, but falls short of the bar set by its predecessors.


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