The Wolverine

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"When he's most vulnerable, he's most dangerous."
  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 6.7  (485,371)
  • 61

The Wolverine is a 2013 American superhero film directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman as Logan, also known as the Wolverine. The film is the sixth installment in the X-Men film series and serves as a standalone sequel to 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. The movie takes place after the events of The Last Stand, where Logan is living in isolation in the Yukon after the loss of Jean Grey. He is approached by a woman named Yukio, who is a representative of a wealthy Japanese businessman named Yashida, who Logan saved during World War II. Yashida is dying and wishes to see Logan one last time, to thank him for saving his life.

Logan reluctantly travels to Japan, where he meets Yashida's granddaughter Mariko. Yashida offers to take Logan's healing powers from him, as he feels he has lived long enough and needs Logan's powers to live forever. Logan initially refuses, but after he is attacked by ninjas, he realizes his healing powers are waning and decides to take Yashida up on his offer.

Logan agrees to have his powers removed, but after the operation, he discovers that Yashida is not a grateful old man wishing to repay a debt, but actually has darker motives. With his healing powers gone, Logan must navigate a web of betrayal and deceit, including the Yakuza and an enemy he thought was long dead, the Silver Samurai.

Hugh Jackman gives one of his best performances as Logan/Wolverine, displaying the character's trademark toughness and reluctant heroism with ease. Will Yun Lee is excellent as Yashida's treacherous son, while Tao Okamoto brings Mariko to life with a mix of vulnerability and strength.

The movie is a departure from the usual X-Men film formula, taking inspiration from the classic comic book story arc "Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted." The action scenes are well choreographed, with Logan's vulnerability due to the loss of his healing powers adding a layer of tension.

The movie also explores Logan's relationships with others, including Mariko and Yukio, as well as his own self-identity. Without his powers, Logan is forced to confront his mortality and consider what kind of life he wants to live.

The Wolverine also features a fantastic score by Marco Beltrami, which captures the film's Japanese setting while retaining the epic themes audiences expect from a superhero movie.

Overall, The Wolverine is a great entry in the X-Men series and a strong standalone movie. It shows how a superhero movie can be both action-packed and character-driven, and Hugh Jackman's performance as Logan is not to be missed.

The Wolverine is a 2013 action movie. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 61.

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  • Release Date
    2013
  • MPAA Rating
    PG-13
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (485,371)
  • Metascore
    61