Great action, cheesy romance

SINGAPORE - Movie Review


Action/127 minutes

Rating: 3/5

A man can run out of things to live for - especially when he lives forever.

The Wolverine is set after the events of X-Men 3: The Last Stand. The titular character, played by Hugh Jackman, 44, faces an existential crisis after he was forced to kill his teammate Jean Grey (Famke Janssen).

The movie starts off with Wolverine, or Logan, living in self-imposed exile until a red-haired Japanese woman, Yukio (Rila Fukushima), comes looking for him.

She tells him that her employer Yashida (Haruhiko Yamanouchi) is dying and wants to thank him for saving his life in World War II.

However, everything is not what it seems. Yashida reveals that he would like to repay Wolverine - by making him mortal.

Yashida says that he is not ready to die and has found a way to transfer Wolverine's healing powers to himself.

Of course, Wolverine says no, and the old man dies.

Things start to go awry as the yakuza starts going after the old man's granddaughter, Mariko (Tao Okamoto), heir to the Yashida fortune and Wolverine's love interest in this movie.

This romance sub-plot was tiresome to watch. It was cheesy. It felt forced. It was unnecessary.

But the action in the film did make my heart race.

Wolverine adds new moves to his repertoire in an adrenalin-pumping battle on top of a speeding bullet train. Jackman had said in an interview that it was one of the most difficult and dangerous scenes to do.

Director James Mangold changes things up by throwing in well-timed flashbacks for some much-needed exposition of Wolverine's vulnerable side.

Having played Wolverine six times, Jackman is now synonymous with the mutant. He has the character down pat and wears his Wolverine persona like a second skin, complete with his signature arched eye brows.

And we love him for it.

The Wolverine is screening in cinemas now.

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