When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own near-immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.Written by
Twentieth Century Fox
Hugh Jackman confirmed on having discussions with Director James Mangold about test screening a PG-13 rated cut and an R-rated cut, but did not comment on filming sequences for them. Although this movie was confirmed to be rated PG-13 via a tweet from James Mangold, saying, "It's PG-13, but don't worry, it ain't Bambi (1942)." An unrated and extended cut is confirmed exclusively for the 3-D Blu-ray release. See more »
(at around 1h 24 mins) When Logan is pulling the X-ray machine up his body, an X-ray of his legs is shown. In this X-ray, he has no knee-caps. See more »
[an air raid begins on Nagasaki. At a prison camp, a young lieutenant sets all the prisoners free]
You! Go! Go!
[in a pit]
That was a B-29, bub. There's no outrunning what's coming. You're better off down here. I'd hurry if I were you.
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Rounded-rectangle encompassed full-screen credit: "The making and authorized distribution of this film supported over 15,000 jobs and involved hundreds of thousands of work hours." See more »
Extended version contains the following changes in addition to more graphic violence:
While Yukio sleeps during the jet flight, there's an additional flashback of Logan with Yashida in the bunker calling the former kuzuri and asking how old is he.
In the limo on the way to see Yashida, Yukio describes a little more about Yashida with Logan's cynical remark: "Wow, did they give you a little card to memorize?"
Before the servants bathe Logan, he remarks that the other shoes are smaller than his.
There's an additional exchange between Yashida and Logan as Yukio was to give Logan his surgical mask.
The servant informs Shingen that Yashida wants to seem him. He gets up and dresses up before Mariko comes in demanding to see him. Shingen brushes her aside and in the next new sequence, there's a father and son exchange where they talk about assuming control of the company, confirming who is the successor and Shingen complaining about bringing in the stranger. Logan watches them from his room.
An additional set-piece taking place in the hotel where Logan and Mariko hide. Logan sees two men on the street and decides to confront them. Before a thug fires at him, he has a hallucination of Jean but gets pushed off from the balcony. The other thug fires the taser at him and we see the both thugs having fun at him. As the gunman is about to shoot Logan one more time, the other thug crashes onto the car, with a knife on the back. Mariko throws another knife at the other thug, before Logan uses the taser at him.
In the countryside retreat, Mariko gives Logan a dry set of clothes before heading to the bedroom.
When Yukio and Logan return back to Yashida family house to find Shingen, they found three corpses on the floor
There's an exchange between Viper and Harada, on Mariko's safety. She instructs him to dip the arrows in the poison that she has prepared to slow Logan down.
The second additional set-piece in the film with Logan battling ninjas on bikes. Yukio comes into assisting him with the snow blower. He blows the vehicle up before running into the tower. Meanwhile, Harada is also seen following Viper's instruction, dipping his arrows with her poison.
There's a scene also explaining why Yukio saves Logan again during the fight with Viper: she regains her consciousness and follows the trail to the tower.
Character-focused 'The Wolverine' gives Wolvie the story he needed, not the dazzling blockbuster
Throughout the course of the modern superhero era, one thing has stayed true: Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. After being a successful piece of the "X-Men" franchise for three films, Wolverine got his own solo gig in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which turned out to be a chaotic smear of superhero film with a cliché-ridden script. Jackman, who has become synonymous with the part in a way that would make even Robert Downey Jr. jealous, deserved better.
Thankfully, "The Wolverine" is better. In fact, it bounces back from the very worst failings of "Origins," telling a character-oriented story that borrows from the Chris Claremont-Frank Miller comic featuring Wolverine's Japanese saga.
The story takes place post-"X-Men: The Last Stand," as Logan is haunted in his dreams by Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), whom he killed in that film in order to essentially save the world. Hiding out and looking like an imprisoned Jean Valjean somewhere in Alaska (he tends to do that), a Japanese woman named Yukio (Rila Fukushima) finds him and convinces him to travel back with her to Japan to meet her master, Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), whom Wolverine saved during the bombing of Nagasaki in World War II. Yashida is one of Japan's wealthiest men, a technology entrepreneur, and he wants to offer Wolverine the one thing he's never had – mortality. For someone who feels as though their gift has been a curse lately, it's an appealing offer.
Of course there has to be a catch, and Wolverine soon finds himself dealing with the venomous Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) and going on the run and protecting Yashida's granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto), who is being sought after by the Yakuza (Japanese mob).
The film almost never leaves Wolverine's side, and provides more than adequate motivational fuel for us to become invested in the story. Wolverine's consideration of his own inner pain and immortality finally gives Jackman something to work with, despite how good he is with all the more exterior elements of the character.
Director James Mangold ("Walk the Line" and the underrated remake of "3:10 to Yuma") excels at finding these character moments, while also taking the opportunity to make a Marvel samurai movie. The film's fight sequences take a visceral yet artistic approach reminiscent of a samurai film: violent, but stylized. An R-rated version, however, would've made this an exceptional film, but such is Hollywood.
In summer after summer of large-scale blockbusters with immense action sequences, "The Wolverine" will be a tad underwhelming for anyone impartial to the character that is just looking for the "next big movie." Again, this movie is as much about Wolverine's internal struggle as what's happening on screen. It is exciting in small ways, not in big ways (outside of a sequence on top a bullet train). Mangold also does some cool things with a chase sequence through Tokyo in which the archer Harada (Will Yun Lee) snipes Yakuza thugs as Wolverine runs with Mariko.
A lot of props go to the script team of Mark Bomback ("Unstoppable," "Total Recall") and Scott Frank ("Minority Report"), who revised the initial draft by Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects"). Obviously the character element of the story works well, but the pacing is strong and surprises wait at every turn, even if the plot trajectory follows a pretty traditional superhero movie structure.
To put "The Wolverine" in the context of the ever-growing rolodex of superhero movies, it's a rock-solid, entertaining, better-than-most entry, but years from now, will probably get overlooked among the genre's best thanks to the visually ground-breaking event films now and soon to be even more prevalent. It does little to stand out, but the Wolverine character didn't need something to make him stand out; it needed something more personal. Why else would you isolate a character from the X-Men if not to tell his personal story? "The Wolverine" is a superb film that should've come out four years ago, when it would've been a great film. If it were an origin story and not the fifth time Jackman put the claws on (not counting his "X-Men: First Class" cameo), I would put it on par with "Iron Man" minus some of the flashy CGI and a decent percentage of humor. There's no question Wolverine's lack of novelty will play a factor for those who find it unimpressive, but getting down to what it means to make a good superhero film, you can't go wrong with the model used in "The Wolverine." And fans will genuinely be excited about what Wolverine does next, with or without the X-Men.
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