Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

HEADS roll, blood sprays, metal claws pierce skulls.

No, the Hos­tel fran­chise has not been re­vived from its grave – X-Men’s Wolver­ine has been given the adult au­di­ence treat­ment, es­chew­ing the colour­ful skin-tight su­per­hero jump­suits in favour of graphic vi­o­lence.

Things are deadly se­ri­ous now.

But does it jus­tify the ninth ap­pear­ance of Wolver­ine on the big screen?

Set a few years in the fu­ture, Wolver­ine aka Lo­gan (Hugh Jack­man) is liv­ing a low-key life as a limo driver and feed­ing med­i­ca­tion to 90year-old Charles Xavier (Pa­trick Ste­wart), who is los­ing con­trol of his pow­ers in their desert hide­out.

The loner is brought back into the spot­light when he comes across young Laura (Dafne Keen), a mu­tant with ex­tra­or­di­nary strength (and a dis­tinct sim­i­lar­ity to Wolver­ine) who has es­caped a fa­cil­ity for mu­tant chil­dren and is be­ing tar­geted.

Wolver­ine re­luc­tantly tries to help her get across the bor­der to safety.

Blood is spilled – and plenty of it – and some may wel­come this change of pace for a film fea­tur­ing an X-Man, but the film’s vi­o­lent con­tent be­gins in top gear and has nowhere to build from there.

Wolver­ine is hardly shown with any more di­men­sions than what we have seen be­fore; he re­mains aloof, an­gry and growly.

There is clo­sure to the char­ac­ter but it feels emo­tion­ally dis­tant when it should be heart­break­ing af­ter spend­ing so much time with him through­out so many years.

Lo­gan has claws but they won’t leave deep scars.

Hugh Jack­man as Wolver­ine in Lo­gan.

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