X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009, Superhero Action) – 4/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Hugh Jackman: Logan / Wolverine
Liev Schreiber: Victor Creed
Danny Huston: Stryker
Will.I.Am: John Wraith
Lynn Collins: Kayla Silverfox
Kevin Durand: Fred Dukes
Dominic Monaghan: Bradley
Taylor Kitsch: Remy LeBeau
Daniel Henney: Agent Zero
Ryan Reynolds: Wade Wilson
Producer: Lauren Shuler-Donner
Producer: Ralph Winter
Producer: Hugh Jackman
Producer: John Palermo
Writer: David Benioff
Writer: Skip Woods
Director: Gavin Hood

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

James Logan and his brother Victor Creed both have bony mutations and a remarkable capacity for self-healing making them virtually indestructible and un-aging. While they fight side-by-side throughout history’s wars (no mention of what they did in-between), as the 20th-century comes to a close, Victor’s bloodlust starts to drive a wedge between them.


Despite being quite ridiculously violent, this is an impactless action movie whose greatest achievement is in resisting the temptation to put everything in the trailer. Hugh Jackman, as always, gives his all but it’s to no avail. Stories of revenge are incredibly hard to make watchable for an audience and this fails completely by making the objects of his revenge (his brother, a couldn’t-be-less intimidating Liev Schreiber, and his former boss, Danny Huston – absolutely no substitute for Brian Cox) so uninteresting, irritating and unconvincing that you would rather he just ignore them and the impetus for his revenge also falls flat; we don’t feel his pain. Story-wise, the credit sequence is the only interesting part as we see our indestructible brothers go through every major American war. Technically, the movie is all over the place. Some of the blade effects are bottom-shelf bad and a really impressive effect first seen in X-Men: The Last Stand is not successfully pulled off here and just looks cheap and creepy.

This movie contains graphic and extreme, but bloodless, violence (largely between near indestructible mutant humans), extremely unpleasant scenes and non-sexual male nudity, interrupted attempted rape.


Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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