Once again, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) features prominently in a bad movie.
Despite Jackman’s best efforts. His performance in X-Men Origins is intense and committed, but he cannot do enough to save the film from over-complicated twists and a serious case of too-many characters.
Bolt (Dominic Monaghan), Blob (Kevin Durand), Agent Zero (Daniel Henney), Sabertooth (Liev Schreiber), Stryker (Danny Huston), Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), another telepath (Lynn Collins), Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), Wraith (Will.I.Am.), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Cyclops (Tim Pocock), and more all appear. None are developed. None make us care.
Ditto that for the many complicated twists, at which we cannot guess. Director Gavin Hood and his two writers do not care enough to develop their plot carefully, and so every new development lessens, not increases, our engagement.
Apparently, the filmmakers care only about grandiose battle sequences, of which there are many, and most of which are entertaining.
Despite some lackluster effects. Wolverine’s claws, especially before his operation, have never looked so fake.
Ditto that for Sabertooth’s cat-walk.
But worst of all? The supposed relationship between Kayla, the aforementioned telepath, and Wolverine. Hood and the writers tell us these characters love one another so as to set up their plot, and then assume repeating as much will make us believe. It doesn’t, because the screenplay never invests in their relationship.
Outside of Hugh Jackman and some exciting fight sequences (the best being a three man battle between Deadpool, Sabertooth and Wolverine), X-Men Origins fails.