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The Wolverine

The Wolverine
Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima

Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language.
Reviewed by: Dave  
Release date: July 25, 2013 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Hugh Jackman really is The Wolverine. This being his first solo appearance after five X-Men films.   A role he was clearly destined to play.  
Physically and emotionally Jackman finally has the opportunity to explore the character on a much deeper level. With a quiet intensity which builds throughout, we see an expanded, and more impassioned side to Wolverine as he reluctantly discovers his true purpose in life.
Loosely based on the 1980's Marvel mini-series Japan Saga, Logan (Jackman) tears up the screen with his razor sharp performance. Wolverine first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #181 (1974) and continues to be one of Marvel Comics' most  popular super-heroes.
Exotic Tokyo locations become a character unto themselves. An intense battle on the roof of a bullet train going 300 miles per hour is just one of the numerous death defying action sequences filmed on the Japanese mainland.
Logan fighting multiple Samurai's, The Hakuza, and Ninja assassins are a sight to behold. It's akin to Kill Bill on overdrive. Wolverine's Adamantium claws are featured in every possible way from beginning to end.  
The plot centers on Logan's immortality, outliving everyone he has ever cared about. Multiple flashbacks which focus on his deep love for Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) turn his dreams to ongoing nightmares. He begins to lose focus making him ever more vulnerable to the inevitable dangers which lie ahead.
Unsettled in this new environment, and robbed of his powers by the evil mutant Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), she unknowingly awakens Wolverine's real mission. He is a soldier.
With the X-Men, Logan was one member of an ensemble cast. The Wolverine deals with subtle character aspects never before examined. Thus further exploring his past while re-imagining his future with increased optimism.
Love interest Mariko, sensitively played by (Tao Okamoto) easily softens Logans hard edges. While Yukio (Rila Fukushima) is caring and empathetic as Mariko's best friend and Logan's appointed bodyguard. All the performances are first rate with superb direction by James Mangold.
The Wolverine featuring Hugh Jackman is positively on the cutting edge.

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