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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Hugh Jackman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Liev Schreiber
Directed by Gavin Hood

U.S. Opening Date: May 1st, 2009



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 epic and 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.


You simply have to wonder about Hollywood sometimes!

For instance, who were watching Tsotsi — the 2006 best foreign film winner about socio-economic problems and violent crime in South Africa — and went: “Hey, the guy who directed this should be perfect for directing a blockbuster flick about a superhero with extreme side-whiskers and who shoots retractable steel claws out of his hands!”

Anyway, maybe there is method to the madness: perhaps South African director Gavin Hood will prevent the flick from being a brainless actioner and being more, well, human. Then again, the last time someone wanted to make a more human drama out of a superhero comic we got Angst Lee’s Hulk . . .

(This will be the first of several X-Men spin-offs.)





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