Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber
X-Men Origins: Wolverine has more fast-paced action in it’s opening credit sequence than many movies manage during their entire running time.
It sets the tone for a film that moves at such breakneck speed it makes for an exhilarating, if decidedly bumpy, ride.
In this X-Men prequel we learn that before Wolverine (Jackman) grew indestructible claws he wandered from war to war with his unhinged brother Victor (Schreiber).
The pair are invited to join a unit of mutants by shady military officer William Stryker (Danny Huston).
When our hero turns him down it sets in motion a dastardly scheme that gives birth to the Wolverine we know and love and sets him on a collision course with the bloodthirsty Victor.
Despite sterling efforts from Jackman and Schreiber, Gavin Hood’s first blockbuster feels disjointed and unfocused due to the number of fringe superheroes that are crammed into the storyline to keep fanboys happy.
There’s never a dull moment in X-Men Origins: Wolverine but it lacks the substance to be truly memorable.
Good for: Comic-book geeks.
PIERRE DE VILLIERS