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Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman)to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed.from£3.75 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play This stand-alone epic-action adventure set in modern day Japan reveals the untold story of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) the most iconic character from the X-Men universe and evolves the character saga to new levels of depth intensity and visceral action Out of his depth in an unknown world he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle than will leave him forever changed Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality emerging more powerful than ever before Actors Hugh Jackman Tao Okamoto Rila Fukushima Hiroyuki Sanada Svetlana Khodchenkova Brian Tee Hal Yamanouchi Will Yun Lee Ken Yamamura & Famke Janssen Director James Mangold Certificate 12 years and over Year 2013 Languages English
Hugh Jackman reprises his role as clawed mutant Wolverine (formerly James Logan) in this blockbuster superhero action sequel based on the Marvel Comics strip. Set at a time following 'X-Men 3' (2006), Logan finds himself vulnerable, alone and at his lowest point, after losing his intimate connections with the outside world. Drawn to modern-day Japan by the gratitude of a wealthy industrialist from his past who secretly covets his healing powers, Logan soon finds himself up against the deadly charms of a femme fatale known as 'The Viper' (Svetlana Khodchenkova), whilst having to confront samurai steel and lethal ninjas as his destiny draws him towards a winner-takes-all battle with his ultimate foe, 'The Silver Samurai' (Will Yun Lee).
Average Rating for The Wolverine - 4 out of 5
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The WolverineKashif Ahmed
Hugh Jackman's fifth outing as Wolverine (seventh, if you count his hilarious cameo in 'X-Men: First Class' and Mr Fantastic's face-morph in 'The Fantastic Four: Extended Cut') sees our hirsute hero end his self-imposed exile in rural Canada, when he's summoned to Japan at the request of an old friend from WWII: Logan soon stumbles into a world of Yakuza warlords, mutant conspiracies and finds comfort in an ancient culture attuned to his warrior sensibilities.
'The Wolverine' takes place after the events of 'X-Men 3: The Last Stand' and bridges the gap between that film and Bryan Singer's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' (stick around for an end credits bonus scene with some familiar faces). A perfectly enjoyable detour in its own right, director James Mangold ('Copland', '3:10 to Yuma') takes his time to let the characters breathe. Develops a sincere and believable relationship between Logan and Mariko (Tao Okamoto) as well as fleshing out all the other characters like WWII veteran turned industrialist Mr Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), Wolverine's high kicking, staff wielding ally Yukio (Rila Fukushima) and reptilian mutant femme fatale, Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova).
I'm a fan of all X-Men movies, even the unjustly maligned 'X3' and 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', but this instalment isn't wall-to-wall action, in fact, they're long pauses in between Berserker attacks and whilst Mangold makes sure to include a thrilling action sequence atop a bullet train and a mad brawl in the snow against some Ninjas, there's a noticeably measured, slower pace about this film when compared to the others.
Marvel super-villain The Silver Samurai makes an appearance, albeit not quite in the way you'd expect and, though it's a minor quibble; I was slightly disappointed by the fact that, despite the respectful tone, there were still no male Japanese heroes in this movie. With Logan almost becoming an Ed Zwick-style 'man-in-foreign-land-who-becomes-more-native-than-the-natives' character.
'The Wolverine' is a slick, well acted and engaging addition to the X-Men saga, and successfully reinvigorates the character for his next set of adventures.
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