X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Filmed in part at Arcadia Station in Otago, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is an X-Men prequel tracing the back story of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). 

Wolverine is seeking to avenge the death of his girlfriend at the hands of Victor Creed (Live Schreiber), later to become Sabretooth. His desire for revenge is so great he enters the mutant Weapon X programme to maximise his chances.

Few of the characters from the earlier films will appear, although the Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) character will debut alongside Gambit, The Blob and Silver Fox. South African director Gavin Hood won a best foreign film Oscar for the crime drama Tsotsi.

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Rating: M contains violence

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The most popular character from the X-Men movies gets a solo ride in this forced and unconvincing spin-off. While nifty stunt work and petrol-head pyrotechnics help give the movie a grunty, sweaty feel (love the shot with Jackman walking away from an exploding helicopter), ropey computer effects and a bizarre storyline will disappoint those expecting a top-end blockbuster.

Jackman’s Wolverine still proves an engaging, likeable rogue. Opposite him, Liev Schrieber oozes menace as the villainous Victor Creed (aka Sabretooth). But as soon as they go at each other in hand-to-hand combat, all credibility is lost. It just looks silly – two grown men flexing and growling in what looks like an advertisement for a gay gym. There are moments of intentional humour, particularly from Ryan Reynolds in early scenes as Deadpool, and while The Blob might be a spitting image of Fat Bastard from Austin Powers, his appearance is a ludicrous highlight.

It might be fun for fans to spot some references – how Wolverine gets his name, a little bit more detail about the Weapon X program, where adamantium comes from – but sadly this spin-off seems irrelevant for everyone else, just an odd curiousity that doesn’t feel complete on its own terms. Bryan Singer’s X-Men films were way better.

And what’s up with that unresolved downer of an ending? It's rumoured that multiple conclusions are circulating in the States as a publicity gimmick. Could we request another one, please?

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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It is Hugh Jackman's misfortune that when they were handing out superheroes, he got Wolverine, who is for my money low on the charisma list. He never says anything witty, insightful or very intelligent; his utterances are limited to the vocalization of primitive forces: anger, hurt, vengeance, love, hate, determination.

Dominion Post (Graeme Tuckett)

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Just another vaguely unsatisfying night down at the multiplex.

Empire (UK)

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Can everyone stop making moody origin stories now, please? While not a disaster, this isn’t the claws-out, rampaging adventure we hoped for. No-one cares where Wolverine found his jacket — a spin-off with him kicking ass in Japan would have been way more fun.

Hollywood Reporter

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Everything gets scarified on the altar of speed. You hardly get any chance to take the measure of any mutant, least of all Wolverine.

NZ Herald (Russell Baillie)

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Engaging back-to-beginning superhero romp, with the South Island as co-star.

Total Film (UK)

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Good blockbuster fare. Origins lacks the magic of the previous films, but Hood does well with a franchise whose shelflife depends on which mutants are next.

Total Film (UK)

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Good blockbuster fare. Origins lacks the magic of the previous films, but Hood does well with a franchise whose shelflife depends on which mutants are next.

TV3 (Kate Rodger)

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There's certainly plenty here to keep most entertained. For me, what this film suffered from, was just too much, all of the time and still not enough to get your teeth into.

Variety (USA)

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Noisy and impersonal, X-Men Origins: Wolverine bears all the marks of a work for hire, conceived and executed with a big budget but little imagination.

This Wolverine Bites

Certainly watchable and sometimes fun ("Blob? Did you call me Blob?") this is often just dumb and has plot holes so awe-inspiringly-devoid-of-thought it leaves your head spinning... Can you buy someone being shot in the head and, um, waking to forget ONLY the specific memories the bad guy's trying to erase? Really? Oh boy... Kids will love it (my 5 year old did) and it's fun to watch as an X-Men fan - but it's a wasted opportunity that dumbs down the character and replaces edgy adult story with family-friendly-multiplex-popcorn-munching fare.

Pretty Cool

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Pretty Cool

I really expected a little bit more action but I think Hugh Jackman did pretty good

Finally Wolverine movie has come out but.................

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Finally Wolverine movie has come out but.................

I'm only giving a 3 star rating coz I like Hugh and am a big fan of Wolverine. Otherwise I would of agreed with Flickz review.

WOWW

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WOWW

VERRY NICEE

No masterpiece but not the fizzer I was expecting either

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No masterpiece but not the fizzer I was expecting either

I was entertained

I ate all my popcorn

Not a comic fanatic

so didn't know if it was true to the original story - didn't care!

Complaints that he is indestructible - So can't lose his memory seem weak.

And hello! of course it was made for your dollar! - mine freely given.

FLIck the review - this movie was great.

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FLIck the review - this movie was great.

I've been an X-men fan for 20+ years. Delivered on storyline, delivered on action, delivered on acting. Suspend that disbelief guys - it's not a documentary. This movie covered off so many storyline beginings I am in awe.

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They tried, but they probably failed

I actually slept thru bits of this. I wanted to like it. It just can't live up to XMen on what I assume was a fraction of the budget.

Awsome Movie

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Awsome Movie

thissome of the graphics were a bit dodgy but apart from that it was what i expected and more!!! this movie was for the action people out there!!!!!

100% Agree with Andrew Hedley's review

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100% Agree with Andrew Hedley's review

My views are the same as Flicks own review by Andrew Hedley

Not the hit movie I had expected

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Not the hit movie I had expected

I really was rooting for this movie to be good and really enjoyed the previous movies which I was a big fan of however this movie was a waste of space I am gutted it is branded with the X Men title.

positive things-Hugh Jackman is such a good actor in this. Also

my mates really liked it so some people may enjoy it but I stand my ground.