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X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (1hr 47 mins) Certificate: 12A Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber Director: Gavin Hood Star rating: .. .. ...

HUGH Jackman sharpens his retractable, adamantium claws in this spin-off from the X-Men films, expanding the back-story of one of the franchise's most popular characters. The screenwriters have the unenviable task of entertaining ardent fans of the comic books while forging links with the three blockbuster films. In the end, they please no one entirely, punctuating a poorly-paced narrative with explosive action set pieces overloaded with special effects.

After mutant best friends Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Victor (Liev Schreiber) are invited to join a band of mutants: Team X, Logan, disillusioned by senseless killing, leaves to pursue a 'normal' life..

But those in charge of Team X refuse to let him walk away, pitting the clawed warrior against his one-time brothers in arms.

The film, which has a few glaring continuity errors, is a haphazard introduction to an iconic character, which doesn't tell us a great deal about a man constantly at odds with his animal instincts.

Jackman snarls and sheds the odd tear during the romantic subplot but emotion is waylaid by action. And a familiar face (digitally rejuvenated) from the series makes a surprise appearance in the closing minutes..


X-MEN SPIN OFF Hugh Jackman stars as Logan in the fantasy actioner X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 1, 2009
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