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DVD review: X Men Origins: Wolverine, For retail & rental (20th Century Fox)

Gavin Hood, the director of Tsotsi, revives Marvel Comics' X-Men franchise with this handsome yet redundant prequel.

If you want to know how Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) acquired his metal skeleton, the answers are all here – but most of them were in X-Men 2, anyway. The prestigious cast (including Liev Schreiber and Danny Huston) can't disguise the pointlessness of the exercise, nor the cynicism of shoehorning in irrelevant characters from the comics.