When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that 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 near-immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. Written by
Twentieth Century Fox
A cynical James Mangold was shocked that 20th Century Fox agreed to let him end the film in the way he wanted. See more »
Throughout the film Wolverine has flashbacks to the dropping of the atomic bomb and yet in the first X-Men film, Jean Grey states that he has no memory of what happened to him and in X-Men Origins Wolverine, he is shot in the head by William Stryker and wakes up with having lost his memory. Since this has been established twice, how can he remember the events of the war? See more »
[an air raid begins on Nagasaki. At a prison camp, a young lieutenant sets all the prisoners free]
You! Go! Go!
[in a pit]
That was a B-29, bub. There's no outrunning what's coming. You're better off down here. I'd hurry if I were you.
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SPOILER: There is a scene in the closing credits: as Wolverine enters an airport security check, he comes face to face with Magneto and Professor X, who request his assistance for a new threat to mutants. This leads into X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). See more »
Christopher Nolan has clearly started to impact the way superhero movies are made, especially with its dark characters. After an underrated, but still rather weak, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," a movie version-done-right for Logan was an absolute demand of comic fans. While I love Frank Miller, and using his limited series as a basis for some of the film was definitely the right way to go, I was never much of a fan of the Japanese storyline. I was worried that "The Wolverine" might go too obscure and lose much of its audience. To be honest, the final product may, in fact, push away some generic fans of the mutant, but for comic fans like me, not to mention quality film fans like me, have reason to celebrate this new film.
The storytelling and pacing of "The Wolverine" are what highlight this film the most for me. I saw Christopher Nolan's stamp on many elements of the film. It was practically told in the vein of an independent film. Even the action scenes were not over-the-top action-y. They were choreographed, but more of a simple stylization, not an actual choreographed fight, ala Daredevil/Elektra or Daredevil/Kingpin(both of which ruined an otherwise OK film). The shots were unique. The relationships were allowed to unfold. Aside from a pretty weak representation of Viper (whose voice, I'm convinced, was overdubbed by someone else), the film was near perfect. It had depth, authentic portrayals and character development. It may not have been as good as "Batman Begins," but it was much more worthy of a film for a character of Wolverine's caliber than much of anything else he's been in.
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