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

DVD review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Gavin Hood, 107 mins (12)

Young Logan (Hugh Jackman) claws his old man to death and goes on the run with his similarly clawed brother, Victor (Liev Schreiber – what in hell's teeth is he doing in this rot?).

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It’d be difficult to get a coherent description of the sensation from, say, the bull, eight dogs, and a Welsh sheep (nicknamed Sparky) who, according to Freedom of Information Act statistics, are among those who have been Tasered by police since the introduction of the 50,000-volt stun-guns in 2004. But human victims have been more forthcoming. One, David Sylvester, a grandfather who owns his own security business, last year told the Independent’s Johann Hari how he suffered indescribable pain when Tasered in the head by police in London.

Another Taser target said it was “like someone reached into my body to rip my muscles apart with a fork.” And a third London man, attacked by muggers using a stun-gun – which can generate an electric shock as great as the police Tasers – says: “I felt like I’d been stabbed in the back with a knitting needle. My knees went from under me. It was really frightening. It left burn marks on my skin, even through my clothes.”

Civil liberties campaigners have called for a ban on use of the weapons, but 6,000 more Tasers are due to be issued to UK police. The London Met are the most trigger-happy force, and have used Tasers 254 times (of 1,181 nationwide).

Unlike one Gwent officer – who checked to see if his weapon was working, only to shoot a barb into his own finger – the Met have managed to avoid Tasering themselves. Tim Walker

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Games Review: X-Men Origins:
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The Independent Film Forum: 13. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Our film forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on the new superhero flick, starring Hugh Jackman

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (12A)

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The Independent Film Forum: Have your say on 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

The next film up for discussion in The Independent Film Forum will be X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Does Gavin Hood's new superhero flick with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine do justice to the Marvel original? Or was this a film too far for the franchise? Add your comments below and we'll print the best in the paper next week.

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