After leaving the X-Men, the Wolverine left society as well to live an isolated life away from those who always seemed to want something from him. Found by an old friend whose life he saved, the Wolverine travels to Japan where he becomes vulnerable and must confront his own struggles with immortality, and a lot of Ninja’s.
Hugh Jackman (Logan/Wolverine), Tao Okamoto (Mariko), Rila Fukushima (Yukio), Hiroyuki Sanada (Shingen), Svetlana Khodchenkova (Viper), Brian Tee (Noburo), Hal Yamanouchi (Yashida), Will Yun Lee (Harada), Famke Janssen (Jean).
The Wolverine begins with a little catch-up to show us what has happened since Wolverine left the X-Men and tie the film to the franchise. Shifting gears, some time is spent on plot setup and actually getting Wolverine to Japan which in itself is revealed to be a mildly elaborate sequel setup. Between the film convincing us it is part of the franchise, and planning for future episodes, The Wolverine finds an old friend isn’t who he thought he was and that Samurai swords are very, very sharp. The film expires in a cloud of plot setup and Happy Ever After dust.
Acting was pretty good. Jackman delivered his usual in a role that seems to be made for him, though presenting him as ageless is becoming progressively more difficult to swallow. Okamoto was interesting with nice variety, good range, and delivery. Fukushima also did nicely with a solid performance, as did Khodchenkova. Janssen was a bit creepy as always and the remainder of the supporting cast did well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all good but it was CGI that made this film possible as usual in this franchise. Stunts and action effects were nicely done throughout the film with good quality and were just plain fun. Dialogue was enjoyable and fairly light as usual. Sound and soundtrack were both nicely done.
Overall The Wolverine is a reasonable addition to the franchise however, those who enjoy the traditional X-Men cast will be somewhat disappointed as Jackman and Janssen are the only familiar faces. Be sure to watch past the credits for a hint of things to come.
With plenty of sci-fi action violence, some sexuality and foul language, this should be fine for teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comic Books and Superheroes
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