X-Men Origins: Wolverine
"I'm coming for blood; no law, no code of conduct. You put me in the right direction, you get the hell out of my way." - Logan
release year: 2009
viewing setting: home Bluray 3/17/18 and 3/2/17 and 1/10/16 and 7/12/15 and 7/10/14 and home DVD, 8/14/13 and 8/9/12 and 4/2/11 (and another previous time in 2010)
synopsis: This prequel to the X-Men movies takes place in the 1960s and 1970s and reveals the origin of Wolverine.
impressions: This was the necessary origin story for the most interesting of the X-Men characters, and although it doesn't exactly match the origin given in the comic books, you could say that about all of the movies in the series. It's okay though, as this movie is a good mix of action, espionage, and suspense. In a fairly neat and quite entertaining package, it explains everything about the character and his backstory, and even has some tie-ins to characters who appear later chronologically.
something this movie has that no other movie has: An operation consisting of metal being injected into someone's skeleton.
acting: Hugh Jackman does a great job as Wolverine, and it's obvious that he spent some time in the weight room getting ready for this movie. Liev Schreiber is Victor Creed aka Sabretooth, Wolverine's vicious half-brother. Danny Huston is a despicable main bad guy with multiple secret agendas. Will.i.am, Kevin Durand, Dominic Monaghan, and Ryan Reynolds are fellow Weapon X soldiers. Lynn Collins is Wolverine's slain love interest.
final word: Pretty good comic book action.
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