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May 03, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X_men_origins_wolverine_ver2 Although it wears out some of its welcome with an extended ending that ineffectively introduces a slew of imprisoned mutants and a ghost-in-the-machine appearance by Professor Charles Xavier, the movie is a super-action extravaganza made engrossing by dynamic performances from Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber as sibling uber rivals. An epic fast twitch credit sequence encompasses decades of brutal wartime participation from the good-hearted Logan AKA Wolverine (Jackman) and his cold-blooded brother Victor Creed AKA Sabertooth (Schreiber) who each possess mutant qualities that make them somewhat immortal. A covert military mission in Nigeria, under a corrupt Colonel Stryker (Danny Houston), divides the brothers, with Logan choosing a remote logging existence in the Canadian mountains with his girl friend Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins), who has mutant powers of her own. A malicious visit from Sabertooth sets Logan up to participate in Colonel Stryker's latest military experiment that will make Wolverine indestructible by painfully transforming his skeleton with a material called adamantium. Stryker's plan backfires inasmuch as it insures the effectiveness of Wolverine's revenge.
Rated PG-13. 107 mins. (B) (Three Stars)

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