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Movie Watch - X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Brad Kreft
Brad Kreft

They even let Wolverine host the Oscars.

Putting both Watchmen and Hugh Jackman’s turn as suave awards show ringleader aside, we can now set our sights on the second biggest comic book movie of the year. While Zack Snyder’s epic may take top honours in the ‘most anticipated’ category of ’09, I’m sure fanboys are just as excited about Hugh’s solo effort.

Shot largely in the stunning landscapes around our very own Queenstown and Dunedin (as well as a little bit over the ditch), X-Men Origins: Wolverine is of course a prequel to the X-Men trilogy which performed so well at the box-office in the early 2000’s. Focussing on Jackman’s Logan/Wolverine, the movie explores the character’s pre-adamantium past where he spent time with Team X, consisting of Sabretooth, Deadpool, Silver Fox, Agent Zero, Kestrel, and The Blob.

The early details on Wikipedia give little away: “Set roughly twenty years before X-Men, the film will focus on Wolverine's violent past, and his early encounters with William Stryker. The Weapon X program and his interactions other mutants will be explored, including his relationship with his half-brother Sabertooth.”

So what can we expect? Big action and intensity: check. Brutal fight scenes: check. Emotional power: check. A Jamaican pop-star playing a teleporting mutant: uh...check. Making his film debut is Black Eyed Pea’s front-man (an interesting choice it must be said). Danny Huston ousts incumbent Stryker from X2 Brian Cox for the role of the younger villain. Ryan Reynold’s plays mercenary soldier Deadpool with Liev Schreiber in the role of Logan’s half-brother Victor Creed/Sabretooth. At the helm is Gavin Hood, the Oscar-winning director of Tsotsi. X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits NZ theatres on April 30th, 2009.

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