The Wolverine is the sixth installment in the X-Men film series and the second with character Logan/Wolverine which actor Hugh Jackman, six pack and all, has become identified with while sporting the best sideburns this side of Elvis.
A sequel to X-Men 3: The Last Stand, you will find plenty of action in this 126 minute action adventure directed by James Mangold (Girl Interrupted, 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line).
What sets this apart from the other X-men films though is that with less mutants needing screen time it allows for character development. Set in modern-day Japan we find Logan reacquainting with an old friend, now dying, whose life he had saved in World War II. But the friendship is quickly trashed as he strips Wolverine of his immortality.
To regain it, Logan/Wolverine must fight off samurai and a terrible looking transformer robot to boot while exploring his own inner demons. He looks tired and worn. His love interest, Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida, is not only beautiful but skilled in martial arts combat. Her on screen chemistry with Jackman is also believable. Rila Fukushima as Yukio, a precognitive mutant, brings her own unique look to the wide screen.
I was a bit disappointed with the evil mutant Dr. Green/Viper played by Svetlana Khodchenkova. She reminded me of a heavier version of Sandra Bernhard. Her evilness just didn’t cut it. What also got my goat was that both of the main characters – Logan and Yashida – always seemed to have an extra pair of clothes to wear after each skirmish although they were literally on the run the entire time.
Some inventive scenes though, especially with Wolverine acting as a pin cushion for some active archers.
Famke Jansen as Jean Grey provides some eye candy in the various flashbacks and dream sequences.
The editing was snappy and the music fitting but once again just a few too many loopholes in regards to logistics and the end fight scenes did not have you on the edge of your seat.
Stay to the mid-credits role as Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier) and Ian McKellen (Magneto) reprise their roles on the tag on.
On a scale of one to five on the Knuckle Blade scale we give this a three.
Fort McMurray’s Natasha Henstridge has three movies in post-production.
Up first is ‘Against the Wild’, a 90-minute Canadian adventure movie billed “for the entire family” about two kids, along with their pet Alaskan malamute, stranded alone in the wilderness of the north after a small plane crash. Basically an After School Kids Special. Directed by Richard Boddington it was mainly filmed in Lion’s Head, Ontario.
Henstridge is headed to Kelowna BC, to film the second movie on the list, a thriller for the boob tube titled ‘A Sister’s Nightmare’. Up last for the statuesque (using this word despite it being on the list of offensive words)…heck I’ll say it again….statuesque Henstridge, is the drama ‘Nowhere Safe’ with Jamie Kennedy.
On the downside Henstridge has filed for divorce from her hubby of two years actor Darius Campbell.
See you on the silver screen.