Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger
Game: X-Men Legends
Can genetic mutations produce positive changes in living creatures?
REVENGE—Love replaces hatred—former israeli soldier and an ex-PLO fighter prove peace is possible-but only with Jesus
VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence in movies affect families? Answer
Does God feel our pain? Answer
Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer
What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer
The Origin of bad—How did bad things come about? Answer
What kind of world would you create? Answer
|Featuring:||Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Will i Am, Lynn Collins, Kevin Durand, Dominic Monaghan, Taylor Kitsch, Daniel Henney, Ryan Reynolds, more »|
|Producer:||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, Marvel Enterprises (as Marvel Entertainment), Donners' Company, Seed Productions, Dune Entertainment, Richard Donner, Louis G. Friedman, Hugh Jackman, Stan Lee, John Palermo, Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter|
|Distributor:||20th Century Fox|
Wolverine’s story begins in 1875. After a spontaneous murder, young brothers Victor and Logan run away and form a strong bond. Fighting together through all the historic wars, things worsen as Victor becomes more bloodthirsty and kills a fellow officer. Since they’re fast-healing, an attempted execution is unsuccessful, and their future becomes bleak. When William Stryker appears with an invitation for the two brothers to work for him, they readily agree, now having a new sense of purpose and direction.
After seeing how murderous and evil his new job is, Logan quits and asks his brother to come with him. Finally at a place where his murderous appetite’s satisfied, Victor refuses to follow his brother, thus severing their nearly century-old bond. For six years, Logan lives a quiet happy life with Kayla Silverfox until his past catches up with him.
While there’s some plot holes and the CGI at times lacking, the acting is phenomenal; Liev Schreiber, I believe, steals the show. He successfully depicts Sabretooth as an evil villain who gradually becomes more bloodthirsty throughout the years. After being unjustifiably shunned by the previous X-Men installations, Gambit finally makes his big screen debut. While Taylor Kitsch does a convincing job as the charming Louisianan card slinger, there should have been more screen time to fully display Gambit’s signature charm and explosive abilities.
This movie does not really provide pleasant escapism, as the violence is very frequent and at times disturbing. It would not be conceivable to list every violent offense. While there’s hardly any blood, many people are vividly murdered on screen. In addition, there are several stabbings, explosions, shootings, and a decapitation. In one scene, Sabretooth grabs someone’s spine and snaps it, and in another, a character is shot twice in the head.
They’re no sex scenes, but Logan and Kayla obviously live together, and she occasionally wears skimpy clothing while at home. On a positive note, their love is portrayed sweetly and not lustfully. After Wolverine suffers through the infamous experiment, he escapes naked. His backside can be seen multiple times at a distance as he finds his way out.
The cursing begins very mildly, but by the second half of the film, it increases quite drastically. In all, they’re about 20 profanities, including about 3 GDs. The Lord’s name is profaned at least 8 times.
The movie does offer some positive themes. When escaping, Wolverine hides in a barn, naked and shivering. An elderly couple catches him and asks him if he had a bad night. They then offer Logan some clothes, a hot meal, and a place to sleep. It’s so easy to get caught up in life and to not stop to help those in need, though God commands this of His followers. It was nice to see this in a film where the couple asked for nothing in return.
After Sabretooth kills someone he loves, Wolverine becomes obsessed with revenge. More often than not, revenge is fruitless and just creates a deeper, blacker hole. God did say “vengeance is mine.” More importantly, He knows the true definition of justice, since He himself created it. He hears us when we cry. Jesus said:
“will not God bring justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice and quickly…”
I do not personally recommend this film. While I am not advising against it, I will say that it is inappropriate for younger children due to the violence. Besides that, something is lacking from the film. While it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what that is, I only know that an unsatisfied feeling occurred while leaving the theatre. The film’s sub par when compared to the X-Men Trilogy, and not even an outstanding movie if judged on its own. Perhaps it’s because the movie does not offer anything entirely new about Wolverine except the fact that perhaps he would’ve made Jean Grey a pretty good boyfriend, had she chosen him. But that’s just a female’s opinion.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Mild
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.