Thursday, May 28, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

After the success of the X-Men franchise, Fox attempts to deal with most people's favourite mutant. Honestly, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is just a summer blockbuster as you'd expect it with all your prejudices. In fact, while the film seduces our eyes, it badly mocks our intelligence. Seriously, if you're in for action scenes, you'll be well served.

After a long military life that spans over 100 years, Logan (Hugh Jackman) retires in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and lives with his wife Kayla (Lynn Collins), a schoolteacher. On one day, when he finds the body of his wife lying in the woods because of Victor Creed (Liv Schreiber), his half-brother who felt abandoned, Logan decides to kill him. After Logan's failed attempt, colonel William Stryker comes to Logan and proposes him to come back to the USA. While there, Stryker will have Logan's skeleton bonded with adamantium, an indestructible metal, because he wants to help Logan have his revenge. However, Wolverine will discover that Stryker has intentions that are not what they seem.

Since the film's objective was to bring us to the roots of what made Wolverine the person he is, the film probably doesn't succeed in the eyes of many die-hard fans of the comic books. As a matter of fact, the script by David Benioff and Skip Woods invents a story about Wolverine by disregarding the source materials. Of course, we know that Kayla (who turns out to be Silverfox) is Wolverine's lover, but since when is Sabretooth his half-brother?

If we leave that aside, we see that this film's problem goes further than that. In fact, it's pathetic to see how the relation between Victor and Logan had been reduced to a relation between brothers (instead of a matter of rivalry within Team X), which evacuates any possibility to put depth. Besides, as if it wasn't enough, the plot is so thin - like many Hollywood blockbusters - that its only motive seems to be throwing as many action scenes as possible. One would notice that these scenes are rather spectacular. Nonetheless, what good is this going to do when the main characters' individual personality is superficially explored? Besides, with such a lack of depth in the film, don't expect to see any explanations about why Victor can't suppress his thirst for violence and why Logan can, because the scriptwriters were too in a hurry to get to the action scenes.

Moreover, what on earth are Hugh Jackman, Liv Schreiber and Danny Huston, who are all good actors, doing in this film? Speaking about the performance, the story is so thin that Hugh Jackman can only find to deliver, against his will, a simplistic and monosyllabic performance. Therefore, forget the performance that you saw from him in the previous X-Men movies. In fact, the only feelings that most of the leading characters are able to emote are fear, impassivity and anger. Not much, eh?

Finally, there are two ways to approach this film. Either you wait for it to come on DVD or you go see it to a movie theatre. In fact, X-Men: Origins doesn't come close to the first two X-Men films in terms of quality. This is because instead of exploring the characters' personality like the first two movies of the franchise, this film prefers to be simple and eye-candy. All in all, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is not entirely bad since the script could have been rewritten, but at least, it'll entertain you.

Rating: 2.5/5

Origin:USA (2009)
Length:107 minutes
Screenplay:David Benioff and Skip Woods
Director:Gavin Hood
Starring:Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston and Lynn Collins

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