Hugh Jackman reprises the role that made him a superstar in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The first chapter in the X-Men saga – X-Men Origins: Wolverine – unites Wolverine with several other legends of the X-Men universe, in an epic revolution that pits the mutants against powerful forces determined to eliminate them.
Hugh Jackman reprises the role that made him a superstar, as the fierce fighting machine who possesses amazing healing powers, adamantium claws, and a primal fury known as berserker rage.
The film also introduces a team of mutants, including several whose appearances in the movie series have been long anticipated.
Movie audiences will meet Team X, a covert military cadre composed entirely of mutants. Its members are Logan aka Wolverine; his brother Victor Creed aka Sabretooth, a feral being of unimaginable power; Wade Wilson, later to be known as Deadpool, a high-tech mercenary skilled at swordplay; Agent Zero, an expert tracker and lethal marksman; Wraith, a teleporter; Fred J. Dukes, also known as The Blob, a morbidly-obese and super-strong behemoth; and Bradley, who can manipulate electricity.
Leading them is William Stryker, a figure introduced in X2 but whose origins and motives are now fully explored, for it is Stryker’s complex relationship with Wolverine that defines much of Logan’s past … and future.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine also explores Logan’s tragic romance with Kayla Silverfox. Kayla’s fate triggers Logan’s involvement with the ominous Weapon X programme, a top-secret, billion-dollar military experiment, in which Wolverine and other mutants are key players.
The main story of X-Men Origins: Wolverine – as the saga’s first chapter – is set prior to the events of the earlier pictures, sometime in the 1970s. But the epic sweep of the new film also encompasses flashbacks that span 150 years.
"We wanted to exceed expectations in every way," sums up star and producer Jackman.
Director Gavin Hood says: "Yes, the film needs to be visually stunning, and the action has to be amazing and hard-hitting. But you’ve also got to buy into the story and characters. The core idea of the film is that it’s about someone who is not comfortable with who he is, who’s at war with his own nature. That’s an interesting character to explore."
For Jackman, reprising the role was an opportunity to expand and deepen the three previous films’ exploration of Wolverine.
"We now get to see Logan’s journey and the battle within, as he owns up to the events of his past. Wolverine has certain qualities that are sacred, and number one is that he’s a bad guy."
The story of X-Men Origins: Wolverine begins with Logan seeking solace from a past rife with darkness, working as a lumberjack in the remote Canadian Rockies. Finding love and contentment for the first time in his very long life, Logan leads a seemingly idyllic existence with schoolteacher Kayla Silverfox.
"Kayla is a catalyst for the biggest changes Logan’s ever faced," says Lynn Collins, who took on the role after Jackman had seen her on stage in The Merchant of Venice, opposite Al Pacino.
"She leads him to think differently about the conflict of being human and being a mutant. Their relationship leads him to try and heal old wounds, and experience the consequences and risks of love."
And it’s clear from the beginning that Wolverine has run away from things he needs to face. And one of them is Victor, his brother.
Victor Creed, also known as Sabretooth, possesses powers similar to Logan’s. They are both virtually indestructible and have a feral, super-human strength.
As we learn in flashbacks, Logan (born James Howlett) and Victor did not learn they were brothers until their teens, in the aftermath of a family tragedy that leads to the emergence of Logan’s signature berserker rage and claws that power their way through his flesh as razor-sharp spikes, turning him into something more, and something less, than human.
Logan and Victor flee their home, forming a bond that transcends even brotherhood. "Logan and Victor are a team," says Jackman. "They go through a journey together."
Victor’s savagery in battle leads the two to face a firing squad – but of course mere bullets cannot stop them. Recognising their unique abilities, military officer Col William Stryker asks them to join a special team he is putting together – a covert, black ops unit known in comics lore as Team X.
Meanwhile, Danny Huston who plays Stryker sees his character as a kind of Dr Frankenstein. "In a way, he helped create Wolverine. Stryker both hates and loves Logan, and certainly wants to control him and other mutants."
Team X member John Wraith, who becomes Wolverine’s closest friend, is a teleporter who can appear or disappear at will.
"He’s not to be messed with," says actor and music icon Will.i.am, of the famed group The Black Eyed Peas, who makes his motion picture acting debut in the film.
But in telling this story of "origins", no mutant has greater impact on Logan’s journey than his brother. Appalled by Stryker’s ethically-challenged directives, Logan had abandoned Victor and Team X, but the two brothers cannot be separated by time or by distance because they are two sides of the same person.
It is Victor’s brutal murder of Kayla that triggers Logan’s quest for revenge. When they are reunited, Logan and Victor fight, leaving Logan battered and wounded.
Stryker, again entering Logan’s life and again forever changing it, offers what he calls the only solution: the top-secret Weapon X programme.
"To beat Victor," Stryker tells Logan, "you’re going to have to embrace the other side of you. Become the animal."
In the procedure, Logan’s entire skeleton will be bonded to adamantium, an impenetrable metal alloy that will make Logan virtually indestructible – turning him into the Wolverine we know from the previous X-Men movies.
Wolverine emerges from the ordeal to face yet another betrayal and an epic showdown with Victor and with the next generation of Stryker’s military experiments.
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