Monday, July 29, 2013

Spotlight: Wolverine (starring Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima)

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 immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables, The Boy from Oz, Real Steel) as Logan / Wolverine
Hiroyuki Sanada (47 Ronin, Revenge, Lost) as Shingen Yashida
Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida
Rila Fukushima (Karma: A Very Twisted Love Story) as Yukio
Will Yun Lee (Red Dawn, Sleeping Dogs, Total Recall) as Kenuichio Harada
Haruhiko Yamanouchi as Ichirō Yashida
Brian Tee as (Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Grimm, Crash) Noburo Mori
Svetlana Khodchenkova (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Lavrova's Method, Office Romance. Our Time) as Viper
Famke Janssen (Taken, Turn the River, Hemlock Grove) as Jean Grey

This is definitely a Wolverine that I wasn’t sure if I would like. Having him mortal is an interesting idea, although it just doesn't seem right to me. It grew on me after a while, because I understand that there has to be a part in every super hero plot where they lose their powers. It’s just always been a weird idea in my opinion. Wolverine being in Japan is definitely a new innovation to the movies and highly entertaining as watching him in a place with a different culture than his way of living is hilarious. The part where they force Wolverine to clean up is especially funny, as it was like bathing an unwanting pet. The train fight scene was one of the best fight scenes I've seen in a while. There is something about high speed action that is always incredible. If you are a fan of Wolverine and X-Men you should definitely see this movie. Be sure to stay for the credits for something as well.


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