The Wolverine
2013
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Director: James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Haruhiko Yamanouchi

Following the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Wolverine/Logan is feeling sorry for himself until he is invited to Tokyo to say goodbye to Mr. Yashida. Logan saved Yashida’s life during the bombing of Nagasaki, and now the dying man asks Logan to protect his granddaughter. The sixth instalment in the X-Men series is a bog-standard Marvel movie, enjoyable but unremarkable. The plot is thin and the titular hero is an oddly helpless underdog for most of the running time after he is temporarily stripped of his healing powers. However, there are some well-crafted action set pieces. The ridiculous but entertaining fight on top of a speeding train is the highlight.