The Wolverine (2013) Movie Review

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The Wolverine (2013)

2013 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
126 minutes / 2h 06min

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The Wolverine Plot Synopsis:

In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own near-immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

The Wolverine (2013) Review

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.

  • The Wolverine Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 7.44
  • IMDB: 6.7
  • MetaCritic: 6.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.0

About The Wolverine 2013

Title: The Wolverine
Year: 2013
Runtime: 126 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.72/5 stars from 386,920 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 386,920
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Wolverine Cast Starring: Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, Lex Lang, Takashi Matsuyama, Brian Tee, Jon Valera, Tiriel Mora, Taris Tyler, Jeremy Costello, Tao Okamoto, Allan Poppleton, Garret Sato, Will Yun Lee, Benjamin Taylor, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Rila Fukushima, Hiroshi Kasuga, Ken Yamamura, Shinji Ikefuji, Tess Haubrich, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jack Kelly, Kuni Hashimoto, Shuhei Ogawa, Masa Yamaguchi, Naoya Ogawa, Keiichi Enomoto, Ed Robinson
The Wolverine Writers: Mark Bomback, Scott Frank
The Wolverine Director: James Mangold
Box Office: $132,550,960
Production: 20th Century Fox
Language: English, Japanese
Country: USA, UK, Australia, Japan