The Wolverine Thursday, 16 July 2020

The Wolverine

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Frequent action, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Plenty of bark, not much bite.

  • Starring:

    Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee, Famke Janssen

  • Directed by:

    James Mangold

  • Running time:

    126 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Plenty of action sequences featuring sword-fighting, stick-fighting, fist-fighting. Atomic bomb blast (B-29 bombers, air raid siren, mushroom cloud, explosion, fireball, burning city, mass devastation and destruction). People are shot with arrows and guns (some repeatedly), shot at, slashed, stabbed, glassed, punched, kicked, elbowed, slapped, thrown against objects, thrown from a moving vehicle, hit with objects, poisoned, burned, pursued, kidnapped, choked, hit by a car, thrown from high platforms, threatened, dragged, bound, restrained, weakened. Soldiers commit hari-kiri. Attempted filicide, attempted suicide, smashed objects, broken glass. POWs, man in solitary confinement. People balance on high ledges, dangle precariously from fast-moving vehicles and structures. Disembowled victims, attempted assassination, accidental injury, nihilism mentioned. Screaming. Blood/gore: Burning flesh, bubbling skin, ageing flesh, peeling skin. Bloody bullet wounds, blood on clothing, blood on objects, cleaning wounds (tissues, tweezers, shrapnel, kidney dishes). A man performs surgery on himself (skin sliced open, hand inserted in flesh). Objects (knives, arrows, glass shard) seen protruding/removed from flesh. An animal is poisoned, severely wounded, killed. Bleeding, suffering animal. Organs seen on scan monitors. Bloody gashes, scratches, bruising, scars, bandages, stitches. Snapped necks. Corpses (animal and human). People seen on stretchers.


    Kissing, groping, infidelity, solicitation. Shirtless men. Women in underwear, women in nightwear, tight-fitting clothing, man in underwear. A man is bathed (genitals not seen). Cleavage.


    Alcohol (beer, spirits, cocktails, shots). Gambling (pachinko). Drink-spiking (unknown toxicant).


    F-word, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling, religious references and exclamations. Cultural, regional, gender stereotypes.


    Mutants, regeneration, legacy, justice, revenge, immortality, precognition, X-Men, The Wolverine, Yakuza, Nagasaki bombing (WWII), healing, corporate greed, power, betrayal, omens, honour, obedience, tradition, adamantium, biology, genetics, invincibility, martyrdom, robotics.


    Deceased girlfriend seen in dream sequences, deceased parents mentioned. Deceased grandfather (cancer), stolen child, flatlining. World War 2 (Nagasaki), remote wilderness, medical ward settings. Planes (B-29 bombers, private jet), campfire, lightning, thunder, precognition, turbulence, helicopter (grounded). Cats, goat, brown bear, taxidermy (moose head), mechanical bugs. Urination, spitting, forked tongue, shedding skin, red eyes, cloudy eyes. Arranged marriage mentioned. Some Japanese language (partly subtitled). Shaky camerawork during foot-chase scenes. Mid-credits scene.


    Stunning cinematography and CGI, incredible special effects and props, captivating for the first 40 minutes, elegant choreography, terrific score, entertaining action sequences, pleasing martial-arts. Hugh Jackman's vascular transformation as Logan is eye-popping. More existential than previous instalments, moody.


    Too story/character-driven. Deviates from comic-book X-Men formula. Absurd final act, corny dialogue, weak villains, convoluted plot, uninteresting peripheral characters, contrived romance, lagging pace.

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