X Men Origins: Wolverine

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -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 – 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 Wolverine’s 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 Landon’s teenage werewolf), we get lots of back history, lots of attitude and a whole lot of action. Trouble is, the history isn’t all that compelling, the constant angst is a bummer, and the special effects-laden action isn’t so spectacular. Too many fight scenes between the lead good guy and the lead bad guy become a bore. There’s also not much mystery.

I know the filmmakers must have wanted to make this the best in the series. It just doesn’t 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 won’t pay attention to the illogical premise. And maybe they’re right.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
20th Century Fox

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Four or five obscenities (the s-word) and several minor expletives.

Profanity: Six profane uses of God’s name or Jesus’.

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.

Sex: A suggestive sexual situation between the lead and a woman

Nudity: The filmmakers take full advantage of Mr. Jackman’s 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.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Several scenes feature people drinking; Logan smokes cigars.

Other: None

Running Time: 107 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and above

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