Movie Review: The Wolverine (2013)
Synopsis: Still mourning the death of his love, Jean Grey, Logan has chosen to hide himself in the wilderness and avoid violence. However, when a man he saved during World War II summons him to Japan, he honors his former friend's dying wish and ends up defending the man's granddaughter, the heir to his large corporation, from the people who want her dead. Complicating things is Logan's ability to heal quickly has been suppressed by another mutant.
Review: Even though I liked the movie X-Men, I wasn't overly crazy about the sequels and, because of that, never bothered to watch this movie. However, my wife decided to check it out from our local library and I agreed to watch it with her last night. Overall, it wasn't a terrible film.
I think the thing I liked best about this movie was the almost-non-stop action. There was some downtime, to allow for backstories and exposition, but, unlike way too many other films in this genre, it never reached a point where it was bogged down and boring, especially when Logan (Jackman) had to fight ninjas.
Having Logan temporarily lose his powers was a nice touch. Not only did he have to deal with the variety of injuries he suffered, he also had to approach situations slightly differently because he could be killed for the first time in his life.
I did think the movie was a bit predictable at times, especially once his "friend" (Hal Yamanouchi) made it clear he was interested in Logan's immortality. I mean, if it were me and someone told me they wanted my mutant powers, I think I would avoid eating and drinking anything they offered me because it wasn't too hard to figure out what was going to happen next.
I also felt like the other mutant, Viper (Khodchenkova), was a bit underused. She seemed intriguing, especially with the number of ways she could poison people, including just breathing on them, but didn't have nearly as much of an impact on the overall plot as she probably should have. Logan barely even interacted with her.
Final Opinion: It didn't do enough to make me want to watch the other sequels (though I probably will if my wife wants to) but ended up being better than expected.
My Grade: B