Michael Muller
Christine Spines
April 29, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
108 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/01/09
performer
Hugh Jackman, Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber
director
Gavin Hood
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
David Benioff
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Release date: May 1

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a spin-off of the three-picture X-Men series, plucks the alpha-male mutant out of the X-Men ensemble for a full-on origin story, tracing how temperamental supersoldier Logan (Jackman) is recruited into a secret government program by Colonel Stryker (Danny Huston) and receives the injection of adamantium that turns him into a cutlery-clawed killing machine. Constantly at war with his own animal nature, Wolverine faces off against his anarchic half brother, Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), and a rogues gallery of other mutants. ”Wolverine’s fun and cool,” says Jackman, ”but I wouldn’t be down for my fourth time doing it if there wasn’t something more interesting to it than just slicing and dicing and smoking a cigar and saying a few cool lines.”

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