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'The Wolverine' starring Hugh Jackman and Hiroyuki Sanada - trailer review

The Wolverine

Directed by: James Mangold Starring: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Will Yun Lee Rating: Not Yet Rated Release Date: July 26, 2013

Trailer Score: 4/10

Thoughts by TSR: There was a time when I was excited for this film. The excitement was strongest back in the days when Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct – I'm glad he's doing Noah instead – but even recently I was still foolishly optimistic. Perhaps it was because of how much I liked X-Men: First Class. It certainly wasn't due to the abysmal X-Men Origins: Wolverine. That was one of my least favorite films of 2009, and it probably should have been the primary influence on my post-Aronofsky expectations. Still, after I compiled my list of most anticipated films of the spring, I looked ahead and gave some serious consideration to The Wolverine for a hypothetical most anticipated films of the summer. Well folks, this trailer erases any chance of that happening.

It's not the worst trailer that's come along in the past few months (how you doin', The Internship trailer), but it just looks so bland. Honestly, nothing that happens during these two minutes makes me feel like I have to see this film.  Okay, the lady ripping her face off is kind of intriguing. I just don't see myself heading to the theater to find out what her story is. The rest of it is mostly generic and filled with questionable CGI. They are probably (hopefully) still tinkering with it, but that train sequence does not look good. At least it's not as bad as Wolverine checking his claws out in the mirror during Origins. I can't say the mopiness or the idea of him becoming mortal is especially appealing either. I get that living forever could get old. Still, in these two minutes it's a bit much, and the middling action doesn't compensate. Silver lining: At least this trailer isn't as bad as this poster. That's the best I can do for you, Logan.

Thumbs down.

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