This piece of fictional history follows the never-ending lifetime of most everyone’s favourite X-Man, Wolverine, but in this we meet him first as a 12 year old boy know as James Logan. The year is 1845, and James is being visited by his friend, Victor Creed. This is taking place in the NW Territories of Canada, where James’ father works as a local doctor. As James and Victor are having their visit, they hear shouting and gunshots downstairs. Victor’s father has come over, and he is not calling for Victor, but for James’ mother. After James’ father is shot, he learns that he is Victor’s half-brother, and this leads them down a path working as mercenaries through many wars over the last one hundred fifty years. These are the mutants that will later become Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Sabertooth (Liev Schriber).
While on mission in Vietnam, Victor loses control of his killer instincts, and takes down an officer. Logan comes to his defenses, and the men are sentenced to death by firing squad. They survive, and this brings them to the attention of Col. William Stryker (Danny Huston). Stryker is looking for men with their talents for a special ops team. Later on, they are part of a team that features the very arrogant Agent Zero (Daniel Henney), John Wraith (Will i Am), Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), Fred Dukes (Kevin Durand), and Chris Bradley (Dominic Monaghan). Each of these men have special abilities that works in supernatural ways. Zero has the ability to move at lightning speed. Bradley has control over electricity. Wraith has teleportation, and so on…. What Logan and Victor do now know is that Stryker has put this force together for a special purpose, to hunt down their own kind. Sure, he is doing this in the name of military advancement, but he has a deeper, hidden agenda, and his dark passion for revenge is an endangerment to more than just mutant-kind.
If you are a fan or Marvel, X-men, or simple love non-stop action films, then X-Men Origins: Wolverine is exactly what you are looking for. Set in the late 1970s, it follows Logan’s desertion from the team, his relationship with Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins) and his investigation into why his team members are being killed off, and why Victor, Zero, and Stryker are doing it. We also meet with future X-Men, Scott Summers (Tim Pocock) as a teen, and the charming Cajun card-master, Gambit (Taylor Kitsch) (Gambit is my personal favourite X-man, and has been for decades!) and find out how he had the ability to slip from Stryker’s grasp.
I know this review is shorter than most, but to tell too much would give so much away, and with a new Wolverine movie in the works, there is just so much to look forward to. If you have seen X-Men Origins: Wolverine, watch again, and on Blu-Ray this time, because you will so much more that you might have missed before. if you don’t have Hi-def, just watch it anyway for a great rollercoaster of a ride.
I give this film a Musing review of