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The Wolverine Review
Eric Schaen (08/05/2013)
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The Wolverine Movie Review2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine (the first solo Wolverine film) left a bitter taste in the mouth of both the critics and fans alike. This summer Hugh Jackman returns with Director James Mangold for another go as the mutton-chopped mutant with attitude in The Wolverine.

Loosely based on the 1982 mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, The Wolverine provides a more existential look at the character. The film opens in a Nagasaki prison camp during WWII, with an atom bomb about to be dropped. Logan (who is doing time as a POW) saves the life of a young soldier named Yashida. After the blast, the soldier witnesses Wolverine’s uncanny ability to regenerate.

Many years pass and Logan wanders the Yukon, a tortured recluse haunted by the death of Jean Grey. Enter Yukio (Rila Fukushima) a sassy little minx tasked with finding Logan and convincing him to return with her to Japan. Logan meets Yashida again, who offers to transfer Logan's healing/immortality to himself, thus saving his own life and allowing Logan to be mortal (Logan views his immortality as a curse). We also meet Yashida’s granddaughter, Mariko (Tao Okamoto) who stands to inherit his considerable empire. Logan denies Yashida’s request and before you know it, the old man passes on. Later an assassination attempt leads to Logan playing bodyguard for Mariko as they go into a hiding from the deadly Yakuza.


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I read the review, since when does Steel samurai swords (not silver samurai's) stop Wolverine's claws? How many times in the fight with Mariko's father did they clang, and only once he cut thru it.
Second why was the only blood coming from Wolverine, Jean and the hunter.. anyone else notice this.
And those damn chop stick stand up on their own...poor editing.

Posted by: The Dark Knight on 8/27/2013 7:25:51 AM
@ Joker

Just to be clear. In the comics after magneto stripped Wolverine of all his metal, wolverine.e was weak for a but. Eventually, he healed up and then his healing ability went off the charts. He was run over by a tractor trailer and stood up a minute a later good as new.

It was later explained that his healing factor was constantly slowed by the adamantine in his body.

Posted by: Slade on 8/14/2013 5:32:47 AM
*******Spoiler Alert*********
When wolverine lost his adamantium claws I was upset... Granted he DOES lose them in the comics however it wasn't like that. For those of you who do not know, Magneto pulls all of the adamantium out of wolverines body in one moment of sheer rage, crippling him. Well crippling him in the sense that he only has about 1/3 of his healing ability and has his bone claws... Still a very bad a** SOB if I do say so myself. That being said I enjoyed the movie. It was a valiant attempt by Hollywood to make a marvel movie without screwing it up too much... Unlike what they did to Deadpool.... unforgivable that was

Posted by: Joker on 8/13/2013 7:27:52 PM
I quite liked the film. It wasn't wonderful, but it had some good moments and was a big improvement on Origins.
On the issue of the sword, I was assuming that the glow was a sort of 40K-style "power-weapon" affect (not dissimilar from the Silver Samurai's power in the comics), rather than just heated.

Posted by: annoyinglizardvoice on 8/10/2013 3:10:57 PM
I wanted to like this movie but, I just couldn't. The last 20 Minutes dropped the ball.

Posted by: psyclops on 8/6/2013 3:16:32 PM
If we were talking about tungsten the commentator would have a point.

In X2 striker said "If you ever manage to process adamantium you have to keep it hot. Because once the metal cools its indestructible".

Ergo, adamantium is indestructible when cooled, but malleable when hot.

So the reviews point feels more valid, since we are not talking about tungsten here.

Posted by: Umm-Yeah on 8/6/2013 2:43:02 PM
The first commentator is not being a troll. The author makes a common assumption that all metals get weaker as they are heated. This is not the case. Tungsten, a refractory metal, has an empirical properties unlike the more pedestrian metals. With it's high metal point, it does get "stronger" as it get hotter.

The author's comments are akin to, "I thought water puts out all fires" which is also not true.

There is also nothing about the commentator's post that anyone rational reader could deem "trollish".

Posted by: Applied Scientist on 8/6/2013 10:58:39 AM
@Magnetrex: Actually that's my fault. I was out of town last week so I didn't get a chance to put it up until this week.

@Scott Summers: EVERY movie could use more Cyclops.

Posted by: The Le on 8/6/2013 5:42:24 AM
I totally agree. Initial scene brilliant - first half good - second half sucked big time

Posted by: Dr. Doom on 8/5/2013 10:56:19 PM
Nice to see you promptly post your review over one week after this movie came out.

Posted by: Magnetrex on 8/5/2013 8:30:57 PM
Even though I though the movie could have used more Cyclops. I enjoyed it. Oh well maybe next time.

Posted by: Scott Summers on 8/5/2013 6:21:24 PM
Obviously someone (or some troll rather) doesn't get it.

A fire will cause steel to bend, so it does become in a sense weaker while in the fire. I prefer to think of it as flexible. If you plunge the steel into water directly out of the fire it will instantly harden and become strong again.

You got to love trolls, so quick to try and sound clever, but it usually reveals who the true idiot is.

As for the movie, I saw it last weekend. I agree with the reviewer, It was better than origins, but could have been better still.

Posted by: Umm- yeah on 8/5/2013 6:17:16 PM
"Now just hold it a second. My knowledge of metallurgy is limited, but it’s my understanding that heating metal makes it more malleable, not stronger. It just makes no senses."

You might want to look into the ductile-brittle transition of tungsten.

Posted by: HereWeGoAgain on 8/5/2013 5:18:18 PM