Another solo outing for that metal- clawed, muttonchopped X- Men mutant Wolverine ( aka Logan) turns out to be something of a return to form. Never absolutely essential, but never a waste of your precious time. The story unfolds largely in Japan, where Logan ( a ripped and sombre Hugh Jackman) has emerged from years of exile to do battle with the Yakuza, some ninja archers and every freelance hitman in the land. Yep, it is mostly a fi ght movie, occasionally a chase movie, and that is all. Set- piece combat sequences range from quite good to truly great. A heart- stopping fi veminute scrap on the roof of a bullet train is one of the great stand- alone action scenes.
Claws out: Hugh Jackman heads to Japan in his own X- Men fi lm with The Wolverine.