The Wolverine (Trailer #1) Review

I was seriously hoping this film would be good because as of yet I haven’t seen the character Wolverine displayed to its full potential. After watching this trailer 12 times I think I understand what’s going on and I approve of the story. Pretty sure I know what will be going on because I have read this specific comic arc and whilst at first I thought it was going in a different direction I actually see what they have done with the trailer and they are being sneaky! I’ll discuss what I mean in a spoiler section at the end. The visuals look great and claws look much better than the origins film. Jackman looks on fighting form, seriously how does he not age? Is he wolverine? What’s happening? Check out the trailer and my favourite scenes plus my spoiler section at the end.


My Score: A


Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

Top 5 Scenes

5. Those Claws Look Nice!


I complained a lot when I saw wolverine origins because of the damn claws! They looked stupid. They were too thick and where so clearly CGI it made me mad. They were always so shiny as well. Anyway these new claws look fantastic and even have a curve with a thinning as it gets closer to the sharp edge.

4. Old man? Am Not So Sure


That’s actually Hiroyuki Sanada who is a far younger actor than what we see. I know this because in a hospital monitor it says Mr Yashida (Lord Shingen) who has been cast with actor Hiroyuki Sanada in the role. Why mention this? Well there is only one reason you get a young man dressed as an older man in a film. The only reason is if the character starts off old and becomes young again. If you want to know how look in my spoiler section near the end.

3. Viper and a Captured Wolverine


That is Viper she was not in the comic arc but she does have affiliations with both the Silver Samurai and Wolverine in other comics. She is certainly a villain but it remains to be seen how she fits into this film. Wolverine though has clearly been captured in some contraption.

2. Silver Samurai


The Silver Samurai possesses an electrified suit of samurai armor and is the illegitimate son of the crime lord Shingen. The first Silver Samurai was a mutant with the ability to generate a tachyon field (some kind of heat energy), with which he can surround anything. He commonly used this power on his sword, enabling it to cut through nearly anything, except adamantium, hence the fun with Wolverine. The two scenes there might not be Silver Samurai but I assume they are.

1. Train Fight


That scene is really cool and a great fight scene. That is a bullet train! They travel at ridiculous speeds of 149–199 mph. Imagine a full fight at that speed! SPEED!!! I hope there is more to that fight because it looks great and it could be really short and I don’t want that. Next section is a Spoiler section be warned.


Not even sure this is spoilerific but these are my theories based on my knowledge of the comic arc and what I have seen from the trailer. First off it’s a lie or at least a trick because the story being described doesn’t match the events depicted in the trailer. For example if they removed wolverines powers how is he doing all of those fights and battles because this would be a short film.

What I actually think is going to happen based on the comic arc is this. The old man is tricking Logan into copying his powers to save his life and return his youth. Wolverines powers will be taken for a short time but I am guessing from poison which will actually only appear to make him mortal.

The old man is actually Lord Shingen. I will bet anything on this because it makes so much sense. If he gets youth from Wolverine it would explain why a much younger actor is playing the main role of Shingen. If I call this then it will mean this film is really clever and I certainly hope I am right.

The poison part would match the comic arc and so would the old man (Shingen) tricking Logan to make him weak. Lastly though I know they are trying to point the viewers in a different direction because they not once mentioned Logan’s love interest who plays a massive part of the story in the comic. The love interest is Shingens daughter.




Well that’s my views. Now what do you think about this newest trailer?

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40 responses to “The Wolverine (Trailer #1) Review”

  1. Hypersonic55 says :

    I am hyped for for the film, though I had wanted more from this trailer. It’s not like it didn’t have moments of awesomeness, the fight sequences look hot and the story looks unique and overall the tone and look is a HELL of a lot better than Origins. Though I am still cautious, I just want a decent Wolverine film. Hopefully this film will be the one.


  2. The Focused Filmographer says :

    I thought I had commented on this one already, but looks like I didn’t. I really was impressed with this one and hope it is as good as it looks. I like your theory and have shared it with friends of mine who all seem to be in agreement. We’ll see what happens.

    I’m just thankful the claws are so much better than the origins film.


  3. sidekickreviews says :

    I never knew Wolverine wanted to be mortal, hmm. interesting. I want to see the rest of that train fight!


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      I don’t think its so much wanting to be mortal as spend the rest of his life with the woman he loves, which strangely isn’t mentioned in the trailer at all. I explain my theory behind that in the spoiler section 😀

      Have you read the comic arc?


  4. Derek says :

    Great analysis…and I did notice that Mariko was not shown in the trailer unless I missed her.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      For a split second in the domestic trailer she is in it but as a main love interest it seems like they are hiding something. Could be paranoid but there’s nothing wrong with that 😀

      Glad you liked my analysis and thanks for commenting 😀


  5. Brian @ Hard Ticket to Home Video says :

    #2: He’s silver, he’s a samurai, pretty safe bet that he’s Silver Samurai.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      My only doubt is that the one on the left looks far bigger and almost robotic. The one on the left is pretty small and is simply a silver suit of samurai. This doesn’t match the description from the film that he wears a suit of electrified Armour of some kind. Its all too fast to tell, in the american trailer the actor playing the role is seen using a bow and arrow so…I don’t precisely know 😀


  6. Wordschat says :

    I wonder if 3D will add or detract. With a dirty mind the first line of your review had my mind wander…


  7. Issy R. says :

    It actually looks like they are finally get a Wolverine movie right. Good stuff!


  8. ruth says :

    This looks sooo bad ass, it would make us forget about the dismal first movie, at least I hope so. Hugh Jackman is such a cheerful fella in real life, it’s funny how he’s all rage as Wolverine, now THAT’s acting for ya.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Certainly does. I think anything can be forgotten as long as the new one is good enough 😀

      I think he was voted the nicest guy in Hollywood at some point and they put a rage picture of Wolverine next to him smiling on a red carpet haha made me laugh 😀


  9. Morally Oblogatory says :

    Nice review Tim. Do you know what comic story arc this is based on? Is it ‘Origin?’ The one illustrated by Andy Kubert? I hope this is good. Great write-up. You give such good insight. I would love to read the comic art that this is based one.


  10. atothewr says :

    Great trailer. This looks so much better than the last one. Nice review.


  11. le0pard13 says :

    One of my must-sees for 2013. I, too, am interested to see what the filmmakers’ have in store for this iconic comic book tale. Good recap and supposition, Tim.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      supposition, fancy word 😀

      Thanks Mike, must see indeed.

      When I first saw the trailer I thought what they said about sticking closely to the source material was a lie but when I started to think about it I THINK I know what they are trying to pull 😀


  12. The Celtic Predator says :

    Ok, I am really excited now too! I agree with you that we have yet to see Wolverine unleashed and fully realized in his full potential, especially given Hugh Jackman’s talent and ability to fully embody the character enthusiastically. We came close with X1 and X2, but I think you will agree with me that X3 and XOrigins: Wolverine left much to be desired. This new film looks much more focused, efficient, and more carefully crafted. Hell, even the name, ‘The Wolverine’ looks and sounds so much better than the clunky title, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine.’

    I think the most promising part of this film is that it corrects a major mistake from XMOW that was Wolverine’s virtual invincibility, which robbed that film of any tension and excitement it made have had. Making Logan vulnerable is a smart and refreshing move. I am really, really, excited about this.

    The only thing in the trailer that I didn’t like was the train scene, which looks way over the top and sort of out of place for a film that otherwise looks like it is trying to keep itself grounded in visceral, psuedo-realistic combat.

    Anywho, things are looking good for the definitive X-Man!


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      X2 got the closest. The name The Wolverine gave me the same feeling you have, simple and less clunky.

      The story line that this film follows certainly with make him more vunerable but not in the way the trailer describes, see my spoiler section.
      Not spoilery though is that The Silver Samurai has and most likely will in this film kick Wolverines Ass! Cannot wait to see that smack down 😀

      Granted the CGI on the train didnt look great but the scene did look fun and don’t forget they have another 3 months to fix CGI problems. Probably just included it in the trailer because it looks exciting 😀
      They always need tent pole action scenes.

      I want more samurai fighting with claws 😀


  13. Erik says :

    I can’t wait to see it though! lol


  14. Erik says :

    This trailer looks fantastic. However I know from experience that a good trailer does not guarantee a great final product so I am keeping my expectations low. 🙂


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Trailers are purpose built to take footage from a yet finished film and make it seem as a appealing as possible. Sadly this has the side effect of higher expectations than sometimes reachable for the film.

      You have a healthy mind set believe me 😀


  15. filmhipster says :

    Very cool, can’t wait. I couldn’t help it, I read your spoilers. 🙂


  16. Fogs' Movie Reviews says :

    Yeah, I think its a pretty sweet trailer, too, Tim! Thanks for the break down, I must have missed Silver Samurai the first time I watched it. 😉


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Thank you, glad you liked it 😀

      See I am not sure which scene actually shows the Silver Samurai, its a little fast and cut up in a weird order. Hope to see a little more in a later trailer 😀


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