Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Wolverine - A Good Chapter in the X-Men Series

The Wolverine, the latest in Marvel’s X-Men film series was scattered at times and difficult to follow, but overall a decent chapter in the immortal life of the series main character Logan (played by Hugh Jackman).  Taking place after the events of X-Men III: X-Men United, we find Logan living in exile somewhere in rural America, emerging from his cave hideout in the woods only to get supplies when he needs them.  Shaggy and unkempt, Logan has forsaken the name of “Wolverine” and has put his past with the X-Men behind him.  Still feeling an immense sense of guilt after having killed his love Jean Gray, Logan is plagued by nightmares night after night and has begun to question whether he still has reason to live at all.  Trapped by his own immortality it seems that Logan is destined to live in a perpetual purgatory plagued by his own past.  That is until he meets an unexpected Japanese girl named Yukio who has come at the request of her master Yashida, a man whom Logan saved from the destruction of the second atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.  As his dying request, Yashida asks that Logan come to Japan so that he can thank him one last time.  As it turns out, Yashida is the owner of the largest, most powerful tech company in Japan and has much more planned for Logan than expected.  I won’t go any further into the mystery that develops but Logan finds himself once again as the Wolverine fighting to save not only himself but also Yashida’s granddaughter Mariko from a brutal death.  My only real complaint with the film is that it took too long to get to the point.  We don’t find out what the villains motives are until the final 15 minutes of the film and that makes the other 90 minutes and change difficult to follow as you continuously find yourself asking “why?”  That being said, the introduction of a few new mutants and some incredible martial arts fighting makes this not only a great action movie, but an entertaining and logical chapter in the X-Men saga. 

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