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"Witness the Origin."

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a spin off of the popular X-Men movies and centers around arguably the most popular X-Man, Wolverine. As the title implies, this is the tale of the Canadian superhero's origin. It also deals heavily with another mutant known as Sabertooth, who is revealed to be Wolverine's half-brother, and their falling out with one another. The film begins by detailing the tragic deaths of Wolverine and Sabertooth's parents in the 1800's and their subsequent participation in many of the major wars during the next two centuries. Due to their enhanced mutant healing powers, the two age much more slowly than normal humans.

Ultimately events lead to the brothers and their involvement with a US military program known as Team X. This group consists of various super powered mutants and engages in somewhat shady military black ops. Eventually the assault on a village of innocents gets to Wolverine's conscious and he leaves the group, something that Sabertooth, and the groups commanding officer, Striker, never forgive him for. The bulk of the movie revolves around Wolverine's attempt to live in peace with his girlfriend in Canada until someone begins killing off members of Team X. This leads to a renewed conflict between Sabertooth and Wolverine with Striker offering Wolverine the power to get revenge on his brother.

The movie has a fairly surprising amount of plot twists and things are never quite as they seem. It should also be mentioned that the movie deviates quite a bit from the comic origin of Wolverine though the same general concept is kept. Oddly enough, the movie does not end with Wolverine joining the X-Men, as one might expect. However, other popular characters from the X-Men series of movies and comics do make an appearance. Professor Charles Xavier, Gambit, the Blob, and even a teenaged Cyclops all show up here and there, making the movie a lot of fun for those who are familiar with those characters.

Overall the movie is a great way for people who were introduced to the X-Men through the movies to become more familiar with the back story of the most popular X-Man, Wolverine. While the story is a bit simplified compared to the comic book version, it still fills the audience in on all the important details of Wolverine's life. As expected of an X-Men movie, their is also a ton of action and some incredible mutant powered fight scenes as well.

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| 2009 | 1 hr 47 min | 6.6/10
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