The Wolverine (2013) Movie Review

The Wolverine (2013)

2013 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
126 minutes /

User Score: 59/100

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Synopsis:

When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

The Wolverine (2013) is an American science fiction superhero film containing action and adventure featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the sixth installment in the X-Men film series and is based on the limited series Wolverine (1982) by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Director James Mangold (Walk the Line (2005), Girl, Interrupted (1999), 3:10 to Yuma (2007)) did a phenomenal job executing this masterpiece that has minor flaws that can be missed. The movie contains suggestive sexual references/content, extreme violence, thrills, adventures, blood, impressive action sequences, beautiful sceneries, morality, immortality, beautiful and exotic. The Wolverine had an estimated budget of $120 million and grossed over $414.8 million worldwide.

The Wolverine follows the events of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) where Logan is seen in Japan engaging an old acquaintance that has lasting consequences. Wolverine has way too much guilt that he is battling while also fighting deadly samurais and forgot to mention, he no longer has his healing factor. Logan (Hugh Jackman - The Prestige (2006), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men (2000), Les Miserables (2012)) rescues officer Ichiro Yashida during the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945 and shields him from the blast. The movie skips to the present day where Logan lives in Yukon with hallucinations of Jean Grey that are not pleasant by any means. Logan was forced to kill Jean (Famke Janssen - X-Men (2000), X-Men 2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), GoldenEye (1995)) a year ago and he relives the nightmare because he blames himself.

Skip a few scenes, Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi - Push (2009), The Way Back (2010), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)) who is the CEO of a technology zaibatsu and who is also dying of cancer. Yahida asks Logan to accompany Yukio (Rila Fukushima - Arrow (2012), Karma: A Very Twisted Love Story (2010), The Long Goodbye (2014)) who can foresee death to Japan. Logan met a few of Yashida’s family members which lead to one adventure after another. Yashida did not tell Logan that he has something special planned for him in Japan, and that is to give Logan his wish which he thinks is a curse to anyone.

The attention to character, design, special effects and sound was exceptionally well done and could not have been better. A few things to expect in this film are deadly ninja warriors, corporate espionage, political cover-ups, attention to character, design, action, unique storyline and excellent cinematography. Wolverine roles in this film were something that we never saw before in all of the films out there. I think there should be more films like this that pay attention to one character and explore them. The Wolverine is a triumphant success mainly because of its superb cast and because of the people that worked on this film. X-Men fans should not miss this movie.


About The Wolverine 2013

Title: The Wolverine
Original Title: Wolverine 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2
Year: 2013
Runtime: 126 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Reviewer:
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 2.9/5 stars from 17 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 17
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Patrick Stewart, Lex Lang, Takashi Matsuyama, Jon Valera, Tiriel Mora, Taris Tyler, Jeremy Costello, Tao Okamoto, Brian Tee, Garret Sato, Will Yun Lee, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Hiroshi Kasuga, Ken Yamamura, Kuni Hashimoto, Masa Yamaguchi, J. Remilton, Naoya Ogawa, Keiichi Enomoto, Andy Owens, Atsushi Sawada, Hisa Goto, Allan Poppleton, Hideki Sugiguchi, Joshua Hannah, Geoff Burke, Kenny Low
Writers: Mark Bomback, Scott Frank
Director: James Mangold

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