‘Wolverine’ plot – like a ‘90s Robin Padilla film

Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

Even if the consensus was more promising than the first one, I still didn’t like The Wolverine.

The only thing I must have liked about it was Yukio (Rila Fukushima), the red haired samurai sword wielding Japanese girl who wears edgy clothes (I love her red and black striped socks and boots combo), and considers herself Logan’s bodyguard.

Otherwise I found it just too full of forced and predictable storylines from the Pinoy telenovela well, or a Robin Padilla film formula.

1. The plot involves a disgruntled family member, bypassed in the will of a dying old man who has built an extensive business empire.

2. The heir happens to be a girl who gets kidnapped. Guess who comes to the rescue?

3. Kidnapped girl has a no-good boyfriend who is in on the conspiracy.

4. The love story was really forced. Mariko and Logan make eye contact in the first half of the film. And there’s hardly any chemistry between the two, and next thing you know, they share a bed in her mountain hideaway. Where have I seen this all before? I felt there was more chemistry between Logan and Yukio.

5. Finally, did we really need to see Viper in that last-days-of-disco outfit?

The most exciting part of the movie happens when you stick around until after the credits to catch a teaser for the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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While I haven’t personally seen any of the Cinemalaya entries as I am still out, I am suspecting some this year’s entries like Transit, Quick Change, Debosyon, The Diplomat Hotel, Rekorder and Ekstra may provide entertainment that’s likely to be more thought provoking and fresher than the current US releases.

I have also held true to my efforts to seek out smaller films. In 2012 there were three films which retold the story of Snow White: Snow White and the Hunstman, Mirror, and Blancanieves.

The last one was hardest to find and but it’s certainly the shiniest gem by far. Shot entirely in black and white and set in Andalusia in the 1920s, Blancanieves is director Pablo Berger’s “love letter to European silent cinema.” The photography is exquisite, and the film runs the gamut from being sweet and tender to gothic and fringe.

Hopefully this gets screened locally, perhaps at the Instituto Cervantes (if it hasn’t been already) or at the annual European film festival.

Today is the last day for catching the 2013 Cinemalaya film entries. Screenings are at CCP, Greenbelt 3,Trinoma and Alabang Town Center.


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