Gruesome Violence with Eastern Mysticism
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto,
Hiroyuki Sanada, Will Yun Lee,
Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen,
Haruhiko Yamanouchi, Brian
Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Ken
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 126 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: James Mangold
Executive Producer: Stan Lee, Joseph M. Caracciolo
Producer: Hugh Jackman, Hutch Parker,
Lauren Shuler Donner
Writer: Mark Bomback, Scott Frank
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Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment
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Taking place after the events of X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, THE WOLVERINE begins with Logan living as a filthy mountain man in the Canadian wilderness. Logan is still haunted by the fact he had to kill his “girlfriend gone evil,” Jean Grey. Logan now wanders around aimless and depressed, with no purpose. Until, however, he’s approached by Yukio, a young Japanese woman sent by her boss to find Logan. Her boss is Shingen Yashida, a man whose life Logan had saved in World War II and is now one of Japan’s most powerful captialists. Yukio was sent to bring Logan to Shingen so he could say one last goodbye to Wolverine and thank him for saving his life.
Upon arriving in Japan, it’s revealed that the dying Shingen has ulterior motives for Logan. Shingen explains that his company has the ability to relieve Logan of his immortality. This would finally give Logan the normal life he’s always wanted. Logan grows suspicious of the circumstances and refuses Shingen’s offer. That night, Shingen dies.
When Logan attends the funeral the very next day, he notices something is wrong concerning Shingen’s daughter, Mariko, heir to his industrial empire. He tries to warn her, but all of a sudden, gun-toting criminals posed as Buddhist monks crash the funeral and try to kidnap Mariko. Logan springs into action and starts taking bad guys out while getting shot several times in the process. Except, this time, his wounds aren’t healing very fast. Logan and Mariko barely escape with their lives. They must figure out who wants her dead and why Logan’s body isn’t healing itself.
THE WOLVERINE tries to show a deeper, darker and more emotional side to Logan. Sadly, the filmmakers fail to do this on almost every level. Logan’s character arc fails to show any substance or value that can inspire the audience. Also, the villain lacks logical motivation for his actions. Hence, his character becomes too incomprehensible. To make up for these character deficits, the movie simply relies on colorful visuals and intense action sequences. It thus fails to live up to the standards of the previous X-MEN movies, which are much better and were often awarded by MOVIEGUIDE(r) at our Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala & Report to the Entertainment Industry.
Set in Japan, THE WOLVERINE contains a lot of Eastern mysticism, showing Buddhist rituals and Eastern traditions. All this ultimately promotes a pagan worldview. Some of the plot elements rely on the idea of the transmigration of the soul and a Japanese woman who sees the future. Also, the main characters make immoral, illogical decisions. Logan doesn’t seem to have any moral code other than, “Don’t hurt my friends.” This lack of immorality is shown when he sleeps with the woman he’s trying to save, for no reason at all. Worse than that, he dreams of Jean when he is with the other woman.
That said, Logan is always willing to fight the bad guys and even risk his own life to do so. This aspect of heroism does align with the biblical worldview of standing and fighting for others, but it’s ultimately marred by some gruesome and even graphic violence, implied sexuality, and foul language. So, Movieguide® advises extreme caution for THE WOLVERINE.
THE WOLVERINE tries to show a deeper, darker, more emotional side to Logan. Sadly, the filmmakers fail to do this on almost every level. THE WOLVERINE lacks substance and values, and the characters are weak and uninspiring. The movie also has a mixed worldview with several Buddhist elements. Also, the characters act immorally. That said, Logan does fight evil and is always willing to sacrifice himself for others. This redemptive aspect of heroism aligns with the biblical worldview of standing and fighting for others. Ultimately, however, THE WOLVERINE is marred by some gruesome and even graphic violence, implied sexuality, and foul language. Movieguide® advises extreme caution for THE WOLVERINE.