X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

2009 | PG-13 | 107 Minutes

Action | Adventure | Science Fiction | Thriller

After seeking to live a normal life, Logan sets out to avenge the death of his girlfriend by undergoing the mutant Weapon X program and becoming Wolverine.

Overall Rating

5 / 10
Verdict: So-So

User Review

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine shreds its source material into little tiny pieces. Oooof. Kids, this is why we can't have nice things. When a franchise gains continued success, the studio believe they can do no wrong. Well, this pointless atrocity is the perfect example in disproving that belief. It's not all doom and gloom for Logan, as there are a few good aspects. But the obscene amount of disrespect to its comic book origins is a heinous crime. Chronicling the early life of Logan and how he obtained his adamantium exoskeleton, he undergoes a quest for vengeance against Sabretooth who murdered the love of his life. I appreciate the darker narrative as it allows more grit and unpredictable actions to take place (y'know, like killing innocent old people in a barn). Jackman and Schreiber deserve better, considering they both gave decent performances. And when Jackman screams in fits of pure rage, I do get the tingles. But God flipping damn what was this!? It's one thing to deviate from the source material, it's a complete different thing to then change the origins of the protagonist that were depicted in a previous instalment ('X2' did it better). Wolverine didn't need this film. As a character, he was hugely developed in the original trilogy. There wasn't much more room for growth. The emotional resonance that was forced upon Wolverine, in an attempt to make audiences empathise with him, was a good aspect. Yet, the final scene which closely resembles a "it was just a dream" plot device, neglects everything that was shoddily developed beforehand! Making the whole ordeal unnecessary. We learnt nothing. It's just another X-Men film with different mutants. Gambit was pushed in at the last second. There's a stupid boxing scene with Blob. A cowboy Will.i.am (of all people!) "acted" so poorly that it made me want to "Scream & Shout". Then there is Deadpool or Weapon X or whatever. The merc with the mouth, with his mouth...sewn shut. Poor editing during action scenes. Horrific use of visual effects and noticeable green screens. And an airbrushed Charles Xavier! No wonder Jackman hated the final cut...