“The Wolverine” from 2013, is the sixth film of the X-men series. A quick recap; Logan (Hugh Jackman), a.k.a Wolverine is an almost immortal man with remarkable self-healing ability and mighty adamantium skeleton and claws, and that makes him an ideal warrior/soldier for many wars, but he becomes tired of his violent history and has been leading a hermit life in the wilderness of Alaska since the big climactic battle in “X-men: The Last Stand” (2006).
One of the best scenes in the movie is the opening sequence, in which Logan as a Japenese Prisoner of War in a camp in Nagasaki 1945, just when the Americans drop the atom bomb. We are first introduced to Logan as a prisoner of war held in solitary confinement. We then see several Japanese officers kneel on the floor and take out swords in order to commit Seppuku (ritual suicide). Then, in order to protect Yashida from the bomb, Wolverine holds a metal door on top of him and takes the brunt of the blast. Yashida looks up at Wolverine whose entire body is now badly burned and, while he quickly heals from this and appears to be fine, the camera focuses on his charred injuries for several seconds. After luckily saved by Logan during the atomic bomb blast, Yashida became one of the most powerful industrialists in Japan, and now he wants to meet Logan again before he dies as a wealthy man.
The director James Mangold seems to have a checklist of ‘all things Japan’ to get through – Ninjas? Check. Samurai? Check. Yakuza? Check. The film really is of two halves. The first half is brooding and slow-paced in which we see Logan at his typically ruminating best. The film does a good job of building Logan’s internal conflicts initially. The movie then loses its way somewhat during its shaky and murky third act and plunges into the bland CGI action sequence featuring a giant silver samurai robot. Still, director James Mangold gives us a fair amount of entertainment and one of the best movies featuring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
Directed by James Mangold, from a screenplay written by Scott Frank and Mark Bomback, based on the 1982 limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine, alongside Hiroyuki Sanada, Famke Janssen, and Will Yun Lee.