The Wolverine (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||James Mangold|
|Produced by||Lauren Shuler Donner Hugh Jackman Hutch Parker John Palermo|
|Screenplay by||Christopher McQuarrie (uncredited) Mark Bomback Scott Frank|
|Based on||Wolverine by Chris Claremont Frank Miller|
|Starring||Hugh Jackman Hiroyuki Sanada Tao Okamoto Rila Fukushima Famke Janssen Svetlana Khodchenkova Will Yun Lee|
|Music by||Marco Beltrami|
|Editing by||Michael McCusker|
|Studio||Marvel Entertainment The Donners’ Company Seed Productions Hutch Parker Entertainment|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||126 minutes|
|Country||United States Australia|
The Wolverine is a 2013 American-Australian superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the sixth installment in the X-Men film series and follows the events of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Hugh Jackman reprises his role from previous films as the title character, with James Mangold directing a screenplay written by Christopher McQuarrie, Scott Frank, and Mark Bomback, based on the 1982 limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
McQuarrie was hired to write a screenplay for The Wolverine in August 2009. In October 2010, Darren Aronofsky was hired to direct the film. The project was delayed following Aronofsky’s departure and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. In June 2011, Mangold was brought on board to replace Aronofsky. Bomback was then hired to rewrite the screenplay in September 2011. The supporting characters were cast in July 2012 with principal photography beginning at the end of the month in New South Wales before moving to Tokyo in August 2012 and back to New South Wales in October 2012. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.
The Wolverine was released on July 24, 2013 in various international markets; and was released on July 25, 2013 in Australia, and on July 26, 2013 in the United States and in India.
Logan retreats to the Canadian wilderness following the death of Jean Grey and the disbanding of the X-Men, where he is tormented by hallucinations of Jean, whom he was forced to kill, and of the Nagasaki bombing in 1945. One day, after getting into a fight with some hunters, he is located by Yukio, a woman with mutant powers enabling her to see people’s deaths, representing Yashida, the CEO of a technology corporation, who is dying of cancer. Logan saved Yashida’s life during the Nagasaki bombing, and Yashida wants Logan to accompany Yukio to Japan to return the favor.
In Tokyo, Logan meets Yashida’s son Shingen and Shingen’s daughter, Mariko. Yashida offers to conduct a transplant, removing Logan’s immortality and transferring it to himself. Logan refuses and prepares to leave the following day. That night, while Logan dreams of Jean, Yashida’s doctor, the mutant Viper, injects a robotic parasite in Logan’s system, which affects his healing factor. The next morning, Logan is informed that Yashida has died, and attends the funeral, where he saves Mariko from Yakuza assassins with help from Yashida’s associate Kenuichio Harada, a skilled archer and Mariko’s former lover, who still loves her. In the process, Logan is shot and finds out he is not healing as quickly as before.
I have to admit up front I am not a great big X-Men fan. I liked the movies, but haven’t even had the desire to see Origins or any of the newer releases. The Wolverine tickets were a gift, so-to-speak, and I liked it enough to honestly say it surprised me. Hugh Jackman has the gig down pat. I think he and Sly Stallone have the same vein guy…lol I can only hope whoever came up with the element, Adamantium, or whatever, wasn’t just an Adam Ant fan. The fights were amazing, especially the high-speed train scenes. Pointless gunfights, and blades slinging silvery arcs of blood, all over the place, and what-not, keep the time between long romance scenes. The girls love this guy as much as the comic book fans, and that’s just hard to accomplish. I’ll go 4 stars and recommend this cool action flick to anyone who likes the sound of steel on steel, or the X-Men in general. – MR