'Wolverine' has a newly weakened protagonist and is as much an homage to Asian martial arts movies as it is a comic book film.
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The Wolverine is back and battling ninjas. Directed by James Mangold, “Wolverine” is as much an homage to Asian martial arts movies as it is a Marvel Comics spinoff. (The two domains are not all that far apart.) Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine/Logan, trying to douse his inner beast, has been secluding himself in the Yukon wilds. But, of course, the big bad world keeps pulling him back – this time all the way to Tokyo, where he finds himself embroiled in family clan wars.
Worse, one of the resident nasties (she is literally viperish) has found a way to drain Wolverine/Logan of his recuperative powers. All of this makes him more vulnerable – i.e., interesting – than before. At least now we know he can be killed.