The Wolverine: Hugh Jackman takes the claws for a fifth time
What’s the background?
When we saw Logan last at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he was heading off into the wilderness and that’s exactly where we find him, hiding out and living rough in the Yukon in Canada.
But first, we’re treated to a flashback of Logan in 1945 in a Japanese prisoner of war camp near Nagasaki in Japan. We find them during the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and witness Logan rescuing an officer named Yashida, who he then shields from the blast.
Cut to present day and he is soon tracked down by Yukio, on-behalf of Yashida, who is now an old man and the CEO of one of the most powerful companies in Japan. Yashida wants to repay his debt to Logan and to see him one last time, so Yukio, after some persuading, escorts Logan on the plane to Japan and off we go…
Who’s behind the camera?
Keeping Hugh Jackman in line on this particular occasion has been left to James Mangold, the man who has previously sat in the director’s chair on Walk The Line, Girl, Interrupted and who previously worked with Jackman on Kate and Leopold.
The script was completed by Scott Frank and Mark Bomback. Frank most famously adapted dystophian thriller Minority Report and also penned Out Of Sight, while Bomback most recently completed the script for the remake of Total Recall.
Are there any DVD extras we can look forward to?
Loads! Firstly, and most importantly, there’s a steelbook that’s totally exclusive to HMV. Check it out in the photos above.
Across the various editions, you can get an alternate ending, a set tour of X-Men: Days Of The Future Past and an immersive feature named 'The Path of the Ronin'.
So it is any good?
Absolutely! Hugh Jackman is on tip-top form, the action is sabre-sharp and dialogue is crisp, with Logan’s usual sprinkle of cynicism. Proof if proof be needed that we can’t get enough of Wolverine…