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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

X-men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the first summer blockbuster of the year and it stars Hugh Jackman as the title character who gave him fame, fortune and world recognition. The movie is directed by blockbuster newcomer Gavin Hood, a South African director who won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture Tsotsi in 2005. Also starring in the movie are Liev Schreiber, of the Scream trilogy and most recently the director of Everything is Illuminated, as Sabretooth; Danny Huston, the vampire leader of 30 Days of Night, as Col. William Stryker; Lynn Collins as Wolverine’s love interest Silver Fox; Taylor Kitsch, of the TV series Friday Night Lights, as the famous card-yielding Gambit; and rapper Will.I.Am, frontman of the Black Eyed Peas, as John Wraith.

Even though the movie has tons of special effects, a huge budget, and cast, to portray the many mutants around the X-Universe, it is a prequel to the X-Men trilogy, which means that the story takes place before any of the three movies from 2000, 2003 and 2006. Hence the title X-Men: Origins before the name of the Ol’ Canucklehead himself, Wolverine. The movie will take the viewer through the life of Wolverine, A.K.A. Logan, from the day he was born to his involvement with the Weapon X program, which gave him his famous adamantium claws and skeleton. As moviegoers saw in the X-Men movies, especially X-Men and X2, Logan doesn’t remember his life before his bones were laced with the indestructible metal. This movie is a chance to see what happened to him before we first saw him fighting some guy in a cage in Canada in X-Men. The plot of the movie is loosely based on two of the most acclaimed Wolverine limited series published: Origins, written by Paul Jenkins and penciled by Andy Kubert, from 2001 to 2002 and Weapon X, written and penciled by Barry Windsor-Smith, from 1990 to 1991. The first deals with the beginning of Logan’s life, from when he was a child to his early adulthood, finally showing his family and his real name. No, sorry to say, his real name isn’t Logan. The latter deals with how he was infused with the adamantium metal by a non-specified American government agency.

As we can see by the trailers below, he was probably born in the end of the 19th Century, because we can see him fighting in the American Civil War and what appears to be World War II. I’m not going to give any spoilers here, but suffice it to say that his claws are not what they appear to be. His involvement with Sabretooth, who was played in the first movie by actor/wrestler Tyler Mane, as well as other mutants, will also be shown.

About a month ago the studio and everyone involved with the movie took a huge blow, as the movie leaked on the Internet, much like Tropa de Elite in Brazil. Even though it was an unfinished version, with unfinished special effects and music, the movie was quickly shared through torrent sites everywhere in the world. And again, much like Tropa de Elite in Brazil, polls from sites such as www.comicbookresources.com and www.newsarama.com suggest that this will not stop people who downloaded the illegal copy from watching the movie at the cinemas.

If you are a fan of action, sci-fi movies or the X-Men trilogy, you cannot miss X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which opens on cinemas in Brazil on April 30th, next Thursday. So be sure to get your tickets in advance to see this chapter in the X-Universe at the cinema.

There! Hope you liked all the information and we're waiting for you guys to get back to us. Now I'd like to ask you something, for you to post your comments. Do you download movies? If so, how often? Have you downloaded Wolverine? If so, are still going to watch it at the cinema?


Teacher Chris said...

Sometimes I download movies, but only when they are no longer available on theatres.
What I download most often are TV series, especially Lost.

That's it!

See ya!

Anonymous said...

oooooooooh my, wolverine is sooooooo HOT :9 LOVE HIM! I will definitely watch it on friday!!!
Ana Ramos
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Anonymous said...

I sometimes download movies and series like documentaries.I haven't downloaded Wolverine because I will watch it at the movies.
átila Perassa
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Carla said...

What I love about X-men is the way the movies talk about prejudice... makes you think...

And there is Wolverine, of course.
Carla - Botafogo, RJ

Teacher Gabi - Freguesia said...

I think going to the cinema is so expensive nowadays that unless it is one of those blockbusters with promissing visual effects, I'm not paying for it.
If that is not the case I just wait till it arrives on DVD so that I can rent it.
I have to say that Wolverine is worth spending some money...will let you know as soon as I've watched it.

Simone Corrêa said...
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Simone Corrêa said...

I confess I'm addicted to Marvel Heroes. Films sometimes fails to portray the original stories and this might make fans freak out. What really matters is that more people have an opportunity to know more about the characters and, as a consequence, might start wondering about what the comics are all about.

Just great! :)


Simone Corrêa, Águas Claras, DF

lica said...

nice movie =) wolverine is a hero...he wants to revenge his girl´s "death"...
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Cláudia said...

Some of us are going to watch the film and WOLVERINE, of course, at the cinema.

Cultura 5, Campo Grande, RJ
(Teacher Cláudia)