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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

October 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Here is a sure indicator that a movie franchise has gone too far: when the latest installment, xmenoriginswolverinedespite the spectacle of its explosions and special effects, is more or less a bore. That is, sadly, the state of things in the X-Men department. By the look of things, the film has left the caretakers of the Marvel franchise a little stunned as well, given that as many as four different sequels are listed as being “in development,” according to the IMDB. The lesson is should be clear: just because a concept (an origins story, for example) works extremely well in one instance (Batman Begins, for example), doesn’t mean that any ole comic book origins story will do.

The idea here, as the title implies, is to see how Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine came to be, prior to his meeting Prof Xavier in the first X-Men movie. Turns out that Jack Logan (a.k.a. Wolverine) is actually the brother of Victor Creed (a.k.a. Sabretooth), played here by Liev Schreiber. Although they learn of their biological connection at children, they both mysteriously stop aging well into adulthood so as to allow them to fight in at least 4 major wars together. Then, as might tend to happen if you’re a cross-generational veteran with fangs and claws, Creed slips off the crazy chart and the inseparable brothers split up, just like that.

By now we’re well into a script that doesn’t care much for consistency or its audience’s intelligence level. To help reconcile why the Wolverine in the movie X-Men knows nothing of his past, including his biological relationship with the much dumber version of Sabertooth in that film, Origins ends soon after Wolverine get a couple super-duper bullets in the brain. Naturally, the bullets don’t leave him with speech pathology or a drop foot, but merely destroy his memory of everything that happened over the course of the movie. Oh, to be so lucky.

Tags: Action/Adventure · Capsule · Comic Book · Popcorn · Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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