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X-Men Origins: Wolverine lacks emotional drive 

Wolverine began as an angry, lethal, ancient Lumberjack who vows to avenge his girl's death. You know,pretty much a normal Canuck superhero.

The "origins" chapter for X-Men: Wolverine barely even serves as filler. At the end of the movie, Wolverine loses his memory. This implies that viewers shouldn't be bothered to keep track of Wolverine's backstory, when he can't even remember it. The only justice is that the movie's forgettable, anyway.

It lacks a concise emotional drive. The appeal of this project is finding the exciting roots and superhero potential in Logan/Wolverine's mythos, and placing them in a 1970s action-movie setting. It's unfortunate the storytelling is so awful that there's nothing indicating what decade it is. Wolverine's slow-aging process isn't addressed---deflating expectations that an "origins" story should explain a couple things, like how he fought in so many wars, during the opening credits. The only thing less clear than his own motivation is that of his nemesis. His brother Victor (Liev Schrieber) turns against him because that's what happens with mutant siblings (?).

The first half of the movie is about Logan trying to live a normal life in Canada (as a lumberjack, of course), living with his girl, after breaking free from a Special Ops mutant sector. He then vows to avenge his girlfriend's death. Physically upgraded into a more lethal weapon, Wolverine breaks free from his science lab rebirth-fluid, growling at the sky (a trope director Gavin Hood uses repeatedly). Whether Logan should embrace his animal side is one of many unexplored themes. Rather than a motivated story, X-Men Origins is guided by Wolverine running from things, getting angry and following leads. His friendly visit with an elderly couple at a farm is a nice detour recalling Kal-El's upbringing in Superman: The Movie. But the film hasn't figured out the attraction of its superhero to make his empowerment and rage focused and thrilling.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 107 min. · 2009
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Director: Gavin Hood
Writer: David Benioff and Skip Woods
Producer: Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter, Hugh Jackman and John Palermo
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan and Ryan Reynolds


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