The Wolverine has already been in theaters for a couple of weeks. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that there was a second movie made after 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As it turns out, it’s not related… which works in its favor.
What it is is a standalone adventure of the character, with the main core of the story taking place years after X-Men: The Last Stand. If you know the story of Logan (aka James) he’s actually very old. His healing factor is the thing keeping him young throughout the movies. Can’t explain it about Hugh Jackman but he almost looks unchanged since his first appearance.
Logan has been shunning both human and mutantkind and living out in the wild, only coming into town whenever his radio needs batteries. Eventually he gets into a fight, just to meet a mysterious japanese girl named Yukio (Rila Fukushima). Yashida (Haruhiko Yamanouchi), a Japanese soldier he saved from the explosion of the atomic bomb dropped in Nagasaki in 1945, is dying and wants to see him.
Yashida has become the head of a huge corporate empire in Tokyo which has guaranteed him a lot of enemies. Logan agrees reluctantly to go to Japan, carrying his own demons with him. One of the most recurring ones, is this vision of Jean Grey (Famke Jensen) that seems to invite him to die.
Eventually, Logan will have to bear his claws as Yashida dies and his granddaughter Mariko is attacked by the Yakuza during the funeral. That’s how a chase begins in which Logan will discover his healing factor is not working and he will be put in the path of a cybernetic creation known as the Silver Samurai made of same adamantium metal from his skeleton and claws.
It’s movie that plays by the numbers. You can anticipate almost the entire film from the start. That being said, it’s entertaining for the most part. Since it has been out for a few weeks already I’d advise you wait for Netflix/iTunes.
The movie includes a teaser for the upcoming film X-Men: The Days of Future Past halfway during the credits.
- September 13-15: Montreal Comic-con 2013
(Sources: The Wolverine)