The second stand alone Wolverine film & the 6th X-Men film, The Wolverine is set following the events of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is now living on the road, following the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), however he still has flashbacks of her in his dreams. While in a bar Logan meets Yukio (Rila Fukushima) a Japanese warrior, who takes him to Tokyo Japan to (what he believes) say goodbye to an a former solder he said in 1945 prior to the bombing. While meeting the former solder (who now owns his own company & is reviled to be the most powerful man in Japan). He informs Logan that he can remove his healing power (making him mortal) as Logan feels his immortality has become a curse. Following this Logan is conflicted about what he wants to do. Before making his choice he finds while battling a Japanese gang, he has lost his healing ability. Logan must protect the people he cares about & discover why he is not healing.
With X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) being disliked by mostly everyone (including myself) everyone hoped The Wolverine would be much better. The Wolverine does have its problems; however it is still a very good effort for a stand alone Wolverine film. Starting with the positives, the biggest one being Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine/Logan. He is excellent in this role & provides a lot of great action sequences (Including battling on the top of a Bullet Train). Rila Fukushima is another positive; her character does provide some interest along with some action scenes of her own. Speaking of the action, expect for some shaky cam fight footage, it is all shot well & entertaining to watch. A big positive in addition is not even in the film, but rather in the credits (setting up X-MEN Days of Future Past). The biggest problems with the film are the plot line, it’s not bad & at times it’s interesting. Yet saying this it’s overly complexed & certain aspects could have been explained much better. The other problem is there is not a clear cut major villain. A character known as The Viper is one of the believed major villains, yet she is very under developed & i am not sure what purpose she had.
Overall The Wolverine has great action; Hugh Jackman excels as Logan/Wolverine & has a good story at times. Yet it’s by no means perfect as the story jumbled at points & there is no clear villain.