X-Men Origins: Wolverine
(USA/Great Britain, 2009, 108 minutes)
In the late 19th century, a young Canadian finds out he and his brother are immortal mutants; a century later, they're co-opted into a secret military team of mutants and take opposite sides. The popular character from the X-Men comic-books gets his own spin-off adventure, but the intriguing premise and the solid cast is wasted in a muddled, unconvincing B-movie.
Twentieth Century-Fox presents, in association with Marvel Entertainment and Dune Entertainment, a Donners' Company/Seed production; produced in association with Ingenious Film Partners and Big Screen Productions. Starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Will.I.Am, Lynn Collins, Kevin Durand, Dominic Monaghan, Taylor Kitsch, Daniel Henney; and Ryan Reynolds. Directed by Gavin Hood; produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter, Hugh Jackman, John Palermo; written by David Benioff and Skip Woods; music by Harry Gregson-Williams; director of photography (DeLuxe, Panavision), Donald M. McAlpine; production designer, Barry Robison; costume designer, Louise Mingenbach; special make-up effects designed and created by Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr.; visual effects supervisor, Patrick McClurg.