We are just on the cusp of Hollywood's attempts at bringing huge crowds into theaters, and one of the early entries is X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The movie stars familiar Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine, Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed, with Danny Huston as William Stryker, and the delicious Lynn Collins as Kayla Silverfox.
You will be burned if you go in with high expectations, because this is not as good as the first two of the recent X-Men movies. The nice thing though is that there was no need in seeing any of the previous X-Men movies to be able to enjoy this one, so don't make that a reason to miss it. There are other reasons to avoid it, but I will go into those later.
The film starts with a pretty bad ass opening, but there are few scenes later that match that in terms of cool factor. We follow the story of two young boys (Logan & Victor), that refer to themselves as brothers, and watch as they progress into men that are always fighting - whether it be in wars or otherwise. They obviously have some "special powers" as they don't really age, have regenerative powers, and kick everyone's ass of their choosing. As the story progresses, Victor's animosity towards people increases as does his thirst for blood and violence, while Logan is more even keel. The two stick together, and find themselves on the wrong side of a firing squad. Blah blah happens, and they are given an opportunity to join a secret force of other people with "special powers", lead by U.S. Colonel William Stryker.
Colonel Stryker is on a mission to find a rare type of rock, which will eventually help him in his devious (maybe valiant?) plan to rid the world of what we find out are mutants (those with "special powers"), by creating a super mutant with the best of the special powers. To aid his quest, Stryker uses Victor to gather the mutants he wants to experiment on, and steal their powers. The last mutant Stryker needed was Logan, but he was a special case, so they had to come up with something pretty twisted to get him to play ball (which I will not ruin for you).
There were definitely some bad ass scenes, with sometimes good CGI, and other times really horrible CGI. Watching Logan and Victor fight throughout the film were definitely the better scenes. As with most comic book films, there were plenty of cheesy lines, but there were definitely a few in particular that were REALLY tough to stomach. Schreiber kind of sucked, but I might have higher expectations for him than I should, and Jackman was as good as he has been in the past. Nothing, aside from some bad CGI and horrible dialogue was super bad, but nothing was super great either.
For X-Men fans that have been dying to see a modern-day Gambit, you will be disappointed. Taylor Kitsch did an OK job as Gambit, but he didn't have a Cajun accent, wasn't quite fiery enough, but did bust some sweet-ass moves for the two scenes he was in. Lynn Collins played Logan's S.O., and is extremely beautiful; I wish this was rated R so I could have seen her naked. She's a more natural-looking Megan Fox. I should add that Collins & Fox together would make an amazing sex tape.
I don't mind you seeing X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but don't expect anything great. It's a decent action movie, with a nice pace that won't make you bored.