The Wolverine (2013) – A Ninja-induced Wolverine Fest of Awesomeness (Film Review)


Sitting in my local on a rainy Saturday afternoon, flicking through the paper to find something good on at the movies (that’s right, I took it old school and ran my finger over a newspaper instead of my iphone screen. And yes, I just called it the Movies. Problem?), I come across ‘The Wolverine’. As if I needed any more convincing, when ordering the next round of drinks, I was casually informed by the barman that it’s basically ‘Wolverine, Ninjas and a Robot. What’s not to like?’

That’s it. Love, grab your coat. Let’s go to the movies, let’s go see the stars.

As an adulthood long X-Men fan, I have to admit I have been a bit worried about just how many Wolverine films they would be making until they make another X-Men film but that worry went straight out of the window when the trailers started. I’m easily distracted, what can I say.

We meet our spiky knuckled hero in a red-neck area of the states, where he has an isolated existence, haunted by the memory of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), who is still very much dead apparently.

Living as a hobo, it’s hard to see how old Logan will perform to his usual high standards when he meets some baddies. That is, until he meets some low life baddies in a bar and ensures they understand that illegally hunting bears gets him rather upset.

Wolverine is then introduced to Yukio (Rila Fukushima), a Japanese mutant who can predict people’s deaths, who wants him to go to Japan to say goodbye to her boss, whom Wolverine saved in 1945 when he was an officer at the POW camp Wolverine was being held at. It makes sense in the film, I promise.

However, as expected, this isn’t just a simple ‘Oh no you’re dying, tara love’ situation. On his death bed, Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) not only tells Wolverine he will allow him to be mortal if he transfers his immunity over to him to allow him to live forever but also asks that he protects his granddaughter, Mariko (Tao Okamoto).

What follows can only be described as a ninja-induced Wolverine fest of awesomeness as he tries to protect Mariko from her arch rivals. On doing so, Wolverine for a short period of time, becomes injured and loses his ability to heal thanks to a walking, talking snake woman called Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova).

Needless to say, our furry faced hero survives this turmoil and leaves Japan with Yukio, who we are lead to believe will be his little side kick from now on. Or part of the X-Men line up perhaps? She does have red hair after all. ‘The Wolverine’ is jam packed and will leave any viewer with a love of action/fantasy movies craving more.

Little tip from me to you…..don’t leave until you have watched all of the credits. There is a pleasant surprise to follow.

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