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Fantasy - Superheroes, X-Men

The Wolverine (2013)

Duration 2h 6m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The character is one of the “X-Men” and apparently the story has a relationship to a graphic novel by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
Writers/Script Mark Bomback, Scott Frank
Additional Info This film is the sixth in the X-Men series, but is considered to stand alone.
Director James Mangold
Starring Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee
Elevator Pitch Logan has become a recluse, ruminating on the tradegies of his life and the frustrations of his immortality, when he is induced to go to Japan to meet a man whose life he once saved, and who is now a dying billionaire. The meeting has unexpected consequences, forcing him to go on the run with the billionaire’s grand-daughter who is being pursued by the Yazuka, her father’s enforcers and other shadowy forces.
Content There is an atomic bomb explosion. Numerous set pieces in Japanese environments involving swordplay and bows and arrows, occasionally a bit of gunfire and a fight on the roof of the Bullet Train. Wolverine loses his self healing capabilities and so has to be sown up once or twice, but once immortal again he is stabbed repeatedly with no ill effects. A bit of implied sex but no serious nudity or drinking.
A View I admit to knowing very little about X-Men, but obviously some people know a lot since the film garnered $53 million on its opening weekend. It could be essential viewing for Marvel Comic fans who will get it all, and maybe a watch for nothing for the rest of us. I really liked the Japanese environments, but was confused by some of it.

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