You can take away his powers and pump him full of lead, but you just can’t keep a good mutant down. Director James Mangold and screenwriters Scott Frank and Mark Bomback prove this point with style and energy to spare in the X-Men
spin-off The Wolverine
, a rare comic-to-film adaptation that doesn’t sacrifice substance for the sake of thrilling action.
The story begins in Nagasaki. As a B-29 bomber appears in the sky and air-raid sirens howl, panicked Japanese troops begin committing ritual seppuku. Terrified, yet unwilling to sacrifice his own life, young soldier Yashida takes cover in a heavily fortified prison pit containing the immortal mutant...