Overview: Talk about bulked up! Hugh Jackman, in his fourth outing as the superhero/mutant with the steel spikes embedded in his hands, created plenty of buzz when stills of his bare bum hit the Internet before the picture opened in this prequel, which revealed just how those spikes got there in the first place. The story is basically the classic Cain vs. Abel tale, superhero style (Liev Schreiber played the bad brother). Budget: $150 million Gross: $373+ million (worldwide) Critical reception: 37 percent favorable on Rotten Tomatoes Admittedly rank element(s): The bickering brothers, who battle from the Civil War to Vietnam, never once seeming to take note of their surroundings, with the movie following suit -- lurching around from one time period to another, leaving the audience dazed and confused. Guilty-pleasure highlights: Danny Huston presiding over the experiment where Jackman as Logan gets those spikes implanted. Ouch! Also: the climactic battle between Jackman and the equally ripped Ryan Reynolds as the nefarious Deadpool is so over-the-top the screen practically drips testosterone.
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