For years, Marvel kept the history of the popular X-Man a tightly kept secret. Then they made the decision to disclose the definitive origins of the feral mutant. But after origin story on top of origin story, no one is still quite sure who or what Wolverine is, aside from a claw-sprouting killing machine.
Unfortunately, the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine has mutated into something else entirely. James (Hugh Jackman) and his brother Victor (Liev Schreiber) are feral mutants with ferocious fighting and healing abilities. Thanks to these abilities, the pair have survived for well over a hundred years as itinerant soldiers fighting from war zone to war zone. After a stint in the special special ops Team X (whose numbers include Ryan Reynolds, Will i Am, Dominic Monaghan and more), James leaves to have a normal life.
As you can expect, this doesn't end well, as a bloodthirsty Victor comes calling and leaves a tragic message through James' girlfriend Kayla (Lynn Collins). With the help of his commanding officer William Stryker (Danny Huston), James enters the Weapon X program to gain power to take revenge on Victor, who is hunting down members of Team X. But both men are pawns in a larger game.
Its not for a lack of effort that Wolverine fails. Jackman bulks up for the role to make Wolverine look especially intimidating. With exploding helicopters, a U.S. history class worth of battlefields and government intrigue galore, Wolverine is one of the most action-packed installments of the franchise. And the movie is literally littered with stars ranging from Ryan Reynolds to Taylor Kitsch to Jackman himself.
Oddly enough, the cast is one thing the movie has going against it. It's not bad acting - and its overactive casting. There are plenty of great characters - like Ryan Reynold's one-liner spewing Deadpool and Taylor Kitsch's card-blasting Gambit - but not enough plot to go around. As a result, characters come and go without a satisfying resolution on the plot. It becomes painfully clear Wolverin" isn't a spin-off - its a platform for more spin-off's.