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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Details Release Date: May 01, 2009; Rated: PG-13; Length: 108 Minutes; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Hugh Jackman; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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.''

Originally posted Apr 15, 2009 Published in issue #1044-1045 Apr 24, 2009 Order article reprints