X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Plot: A prequel to the X-Men trilogy, the film explores Logan/Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) past, and how he came to be a part of the Weapon X program as he seeks revenge on his brother Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber) and the military organization he once worked for.
While certainly the worst of the X-Men related movies, this isn’t half bad. It moves at a quick pace, it’s very entertaining with the use of its mutant powers, and there’s some solid acting going on. In fact, there are many noteworthy performances. Hugh Jackman continues to be perfect for this character. We also get two solid villains. Danny Huston plays Stryker, the military villain from X2 played by Brian Cox. Huston’s imitation is spot on. The stand-out performance though is probably Liev Schreiber’s Victor Creed, who we know becomes Sabertooth back in the original X-Men. Victor is a cold hearted menacing prick, and Schreiber nails the performance. There’s an especially intense image as we see Victor rip through someone’s stomach and grab their spine. One of the main criticisms of this movie is that there are too many forced characters. This is a legit complaint. Mutants like Scott Summers and Emma Frost are just completely unnecessary. But there’s also a lot of cool side mutants like Bolt and Agent Zero. I especially like the tiff between Agent Zero and Logan. Although, I’m confused on Agent Zero’s mutant power…so he just shoots really well? The two most bad ass mutants have to be Gambit and Wade Wilson/Deadpool though. FINALLY, after three X-Men movies, Gambit makes an appearance. He’s one of my favorite X-Men characters, so I was really looking forward to this. Taylor Kitsch plays him real well, and watching him throw the charged up cards and demolish everything in site with his cane was everything I could have hoped for. But his role was fairly small…WTF! Ryan Reynolds is perfect for Wade Wilson. He’s pretty much his character from Blade: Trinity, but whatever. That’s fine with me. And I know a lot of fanboys probably detest what they do with Deadpool’s mouth at the end, but I actually thought that was pretty interesting. Reynolds is so memorable in that one scene, that when he comes back at the end with his mouth altered, it hits you pretty hard. While there’s a lot to like here, the film definitely blows a lot of potential. It’s extremely cliché and predictable, and some of the special effects are pretty terrible. There’s a moment where Wolverine is looking at his claws in the bathroom, and holy crap, they look like they are going to start dripping liquid metal, ala Terminator 2. There’s also a scene where Wolverine walks away from an explosion that was directed in cringe-worthy fashion. The score is also JV. Yea, the movie could have been a lot better, and certainly doesn’t live up to the X-Men trilogy, but it gets way too much flack. It’s okay.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10 (Slightly better than ‘meh’)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed
-He always looked like he was about to do something not so nice whenever he came on screen. Schreiber gives the character an unsettling presence.
Worst Performance: Will.i.am as John Wraith
-Yea, this was horrible. His dialogue pretty much consisted of a lot of ‘damns.’ That’s how he reacted to everything…damn.
Best Line: “Oh, my God. Do you ever shut up, pal?” –Logan
“No, not when I’m awake.” –Wade Wilson
-The line is great, but Reynold’s comedic timing amps it up even more.
Worst Line: “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!” –Logan several times
-Yea, the excessive rage screams were a bit unnecessary.
-Wolverine and Creed against Deadpool was pretty awesome, just a great display of mutant power all around.
-Okay, so before Logan gets his adamantium infusion, he’s got these bone claw things? What the hell is up with that…kind of weird.
-Stryker’s mutant team storming the base in Africa. From Agent Zero to Wade Wilson, and on down the line, it’s just a continuous use of bad ass mutant powers.
-Wolverine’s adamantium infusion is one of the biggest moments in X-Men lore, yet it’s kind of glossed over and rushed. When the metal bonds inside his body, that was decent, but his escape was total garbage. I thought he was supposed to go crazy and take out a gazillion guys. He just runs outside…What the hell!
-After six years, Logan is reunited with Fred Dukes, who’s gained a considerable amount of weight. Here’s Logan’s response.
Logan: Hey fat, uh Fred.
Bad Ass Moment:
-Wade Wilson unleashing those swords and going completely bonkers. It doesn’t get much more bad ass then slicing an oncoming bullet, causing the two halves to hit a couple other guys.