"Eternity can be a curse. A man can run out of things to live for"
Release Date: 25 July 2013 (Malaysia), 26 July 2013 (USA)
Directed By: James Mangold
Written By: Mark Bomback, Scott Frank, Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Ken Yamamura, Haruhiko Yamanouchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Famke Janssen
Duration: 126 minutes
In A Nutshell:
During the atomic bombing events of World War 2, Logan/Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman) saved the life of a young Japanese soldier by name of Yamada (young version played by Ken Yamanura; old version played by Haruchiko Yamanouchi). Fast forward to the present day and Yamada is now head of a Japanese technology powerhouse and one of the richest men in the country. He sends his trusted employee and close family friend, Yukio (played by Rila Fukushima) to track down Logan and bring him to Japan. There, Yamada uses his technological expertise to offer a trade.... Logan's healing abilities transferred to him in exchange for the chance of Logan being mortal. Logan turns the offer down and Yamada passes away soon after. But all is not over, as Logan is forced to protect Yamada's granddaughter, Mariko (played by Tao Okamoto) from the Yakuza, and surprisingly (not!) from Mariko's father, Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Yamada's doctor, known as The Viper (played by Svetlana Khodchevkova).
+ Story and character development that is interesting enough to forgive the horrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine 
+ A sneak attack by ninjas, samurai sword fights, fighting on top of a bullet-train, and a battle in the snow with the background of nature. All the best of Japan in a modern Hollywood flick right here!
+ The action/fight sequences are well done. There's thrills, suspense, and emotional connection - we actually care for the characters. Not easy to do in a superhero movie. That being said, see the "Thumbs Down" segment below.
+ A mid-credits scene. Finally they follow the steps of Marvel Studios (despite this being a Marvel character, the movie is produced by 20th Century Fox) of hyping future movies in the franchise. Love these scenes!
- I mentioned above about how impressive the action sequences were. That doesn't apply to the climax fight scene. It just didn't carry the same level of excitement or emotional connection.
- Despite me enjoying this film, I couldn't help but feel it was about 10-15 minutes too long.
- The cliché long monologue by villains in a moment of near-triumph. And this happens TWICE!!
- An absence of any menacing or worthy villain to rival Marvel's most bad-ass superhero (that's Wolverine if it wasn't obvious already!). I don't even remember The Viper's real name. Was it Dr. No-one-gives-a-damn?
- No cameo by the Godfather of comic-book superheroes and King of Cameos - Stan Lee (full list of his cameos I made here).
- This one is specific to my cinema. There was a trailer for this movie right before the actual movie. This new marketing strategy totally worked. I was sitting in the cinema and mulling whether to refund my ticket and leave, but then that trailer came-out. My mood changed and I was extremely hyped that I decided to stay! Duh!
The Verdict Is In:
Superheroes and their inner-conflicts of wanting to be normal. They did it before in sequels with Superman 2  and Spider-Man 2 . The difference was the original movies in those franchises were already successful and well-loved, while here, there's probably only 34 people of the entire world population that enjoyed the first movie. Thankfully they succeeded in redeeming one of Marvel's most beloved characters (this is only my observation, but the majority of Marvel fans start out as a kid loving Spiderman, but as they grow older they gravitate more towards X-Men, specifically Wolverine). This is an entertaining enough film for us to move on from X-Men Origins: Wolverine  and makes us looking forward towards X-Men: Days Of Future Past . Bring.... It.... On!!
7.5 out of 10