by Guest Writer – Tushad Cassad
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Svetlana Khodchenkova,
Director: James Mangold
Release Date: 26th July 2013
This Summer most awaited Sequel is finally here and lives up to the hype and flare set out in the initial trailers and promos. Note to all viewers, unlike the 1st film, X-Men Origins : Wolverine (2009) which was played out much before any of the X-Men Films, The Wolverine begins with events right after X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006) of the X-Men trilogy.
The Wolverine is based on the 1982 Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Classic, which sees Logan’s relationship with Japan, the burden of immortality and loss as well as the rebirth of an X-Man. 95% of the film which is shot in Japan, gives it a fresh perspective, unlike the beat and battered demolished site of New York City, like most other films in the genre.
Hugh Jackman once again brings back the immortal hero, he was born to play, after renouncing his life from violence and living as a hermit, Logan (Wolverine) meets a stranger, Yikio ( a mutant who can see the future) played by a very bubbly Rila Fukushima, who brings him to Japan. The Story reignites a relationship from Logan’s past with a Japanese Soldier Yashida (played to the finesse by veteran Japanese Actor, Hiroyuki Sanada), whom he saved during the World War II in a POA camp in Nagasaki. On his death bed, Yashida wishes to say goodbye to his savior, and the story unfold from there, with thugs from the Yakuza trying to kidnap Yashida’s grandaughter, Mariko (Tao Okamoto) to brief appearances from Jean Grey (Famke Jessen) who plays to the brackdrop story of the events at the end of X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006).
For Comic Book / Graphic Novels Fans there is a treat of Wolverine taking on his arch Nemesis, the Silver Samurai, truly a visual for the Big Screen for every fan out there. As well as the scary and dangerous Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova). The film plays out well with action, slight light hearted comedy and a good story to support along the way to a very good finale.
Be sure to watch the film after the credits for a teaser that is a build up for next year’s highly anticipated return effort in the X-Men Saga, Marvel Studios truly know how to ace it and get their fan’s pulses racing.
Action / Violence quotient, is fairly moderate, few action scenes maybe be a little scary for younger children, but with company of parents, should be no problem. Otherwise for older kids, go on, I am sure they are subjected to far worse in Biology Practical Sessions at school, these days.
I rate this film 4.5 out of 5, after all whose doesn’t like the X-Men and Wolverine being one of the main protagonists of the X-Men Sagas, make this film a treat to watch. On a final note, The Wolverine makes a good Summer’s Weekend afternoon trip to the Cinema for the whole family to enjoy.