After three successful X-Men movies in which the adventures of Marvel’s mutants continue to play out. But at this point in the timeline, it seems filmmakers decide it’s a good time to backpedal into history and tell Logan’s story. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine fans are treated to a bitter rival between brothers and a cliché romance in what is, nevertheless, an entertaining movie.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) MCU Film Review
Until the death of the man who raises him, young Jimmy Logan didn’t know the power of his mutant powers. This death prompts him to murder the man he doesn’t know is his father, and go on the run with his older brother Victor. Victor (Liev Schrieder) travels through generations and many wars, and his taste for death is soon something not even Logan (Hugh Jackman) can foil. Their lives change when a man named Stryker (Danny Huston) approaches them, and asks that go on a recovery mission. A team of fellow mutants is put together including John Wraith (Will I Am) and Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). Reluctantly Logan agrees. It’s on this mission that he sees how bad his brother’s thirst for destruction is. The lines blur, and Logan walks away.
Six years later, Logan lives a peaceful live in the Canadian Rockies working at a logging camp and falling in love with Kayla (Lynn Collins). His comfortable life shatters when Stryker returns with news that one by one, former members of the unit are dying. Logan’s refusal to return brings Victor back into his life with horrific consequences.
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As a lesson in the history of a character cornerstone to the X-Men series, this isn’t a bad movie. Some of the methods of the story are a stereotype, but this script explains a lot of what drives Logan. This makes it easier to understand him, especially not that I did follow up ‘Origins’ with X-Men. Soon as the film “settles in” and the story starts moving, my “movie radar” said nothing would end well. I had a pretty good idea the direction it was going and wasn’t surprised when, yep, it goes there. Every writer knows, the easiest way to push a protector or good guy’s buttons is to take away what is most dear to him.
Like anything in this Marvel world, there’s cool special effects and of course, the cast is fun. The one BIG thing that puzzles me about the franchise is the intricate character connections there are. None of them seem in order or add up, and I’m left more confused than satisfied. Why does Emma Frost show up here when clearly she was (or is?) working for the terrorist mutants? How does Scott Summers play into ‘Origins’ only to no longer be a gangly kid when Logan is brought to Xavier? Or what about the time gap between Logan’s story and his X-Men introduction?
Either way, there’s some goofs over five movies. Still, the film is pretty good, and for that, it seems a decent edition to the popular Marvel series. Now, I’m eager to find out what comes next. Let the guessing games commence!
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Content: the mutants all have a litany of powers, everything from mind reading to claws that impale. Countless characters die; there is a ton of explosions and various fiery crashes, a man is shot repeatedly in the head [non-graphic]. Innocent bystanders are die from a sniper rifle and the opening credits feature various war battles. There is several brief scenes of a nude man, from the backside as he attempts escape [prior to this, he undergoes a procedure that puts needles into his entire body]. There’s a brief inference a man is going to rape a woman [he throws her against a wall] and an unmarried couple lie in bed together. There’s one or two F-words, other minor profanities like sh*t, h*ll and the like plus a crude hand gesture. The film is PG13.