X Men Origins: Wolverine
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -4

Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, will.i.am, Danny Huston, Lynn Collins, Taylor Kitsch, Dominic Monaghan, and Ryan Reynolds. Action/adventure. Written by David Benioff. Directed by Gavin Hood.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Hugh Jackman reprises the role that made him a superstar Ė as the fierce fighting machine who possesses amazing healing powers, retractable claws and a primal fury. Leading up to the events of X-MEN, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE tells the story of Wolverineís epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe whose appearances in the film series have long been anticipated.

PREVIEW REVIEW: In this prequel, which focuses on the most interesting of the X-folk (a kind of a cross between a spaghetti western vintage Clint Eastwood and Michael Landonís teenage werewolf), we get lots of back history, lots of attitude and a whole lot of action. Trouble is, the history isnít all that compelling, the constant angst is a bummer, and the special effects-laden action isnít so spectacular. Too many fight scenes between the lead good guy and the lead bad guy become a bore. Thereís also not much mystery.

I know the filmmakers must have wanted to make this the best in the series. It just doesnít play out that way. The scriptwriters are the main guilty party. Once again, someone in charge of studio blockbusters assumes that if the film is busy enough and loud enough, we mere ticket-buying mortals wonít pay attention to the illogical premise. And maybe theyíre right.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: Four or five obscenities (the s-word) and several minor expletives.
Profanity: Six profane uses of Godís name or Jesusí.
Violence: A great deal of comic book violence, including people being shot by guns, explosions, physical battles, and a whole lot of other CGI driven carnage. Blood: Some blood on wounded victims.
Sexual Intercourse: A suggestive sexual situation between the lead and a woman
Nudity: The filmmakers take full advantage of Mr. Jackmanís buffed up body, showing him from behind in the nude as well as a partial nude frontal long shot, not to mention several shots of the actor shirtless.
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Several scenes feature people drinking; Logan smokes cigars.
Other: None
Running Time: 107 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and above

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