Double Feature

March 2022 - The one movie I've managed to watch recently starred Liev Schreiber. In January, he reprised his role as Ray Donovan to bring some closure to the popular Showtime series.

Before Schreiber became a fixer, he was a mutant. He played alongside Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The PG-13 movie from 2009 also featured Ryan Reynolds and Will.i.am.

Jackman's Wolverine showed up in three previous X-Men movies. But, here, we learn more about his background. Wolverine, who also goes by Jimmy or Logan, was born sometime (just guessing here) in the late 1830's in Canada's Northwest Territory. He's still a child when rage unleashes the bone claws in his hands and he kills Thomas Logan, his true father. Jimmy and his older brother, Victor (Schreiber), then flee Canada and fight their way through history from the Civil War through Vietnam.

Eventually, they're recruited by a man named Col. Stryker to be part of a special team of mutants. Stryker leads them to Africa in search of a magical meteorite. They find it, but events prompt Logan to quit the team and retreat to the forests of Canada.

Logan finds work as a logger and love with a school teacher named Kayla. The tranquility ends when an attack on Kayla leads Logan back to Stryker. He convinces Logan help him hunt down Victor. To aid the cause, Wolverine is injected with adamantium, a virtually indestructible material found in the African meteorite. Wolverine's bone claws are now metal blades and pretty much the only way to kill him is to chop off his head.

But, of course, Wolverine quickly goes rogue, becoming the hunted instead of the hunter. It all leads to a thrilling fight at an infamous Pennsylvania landmark.

Overall review: Ehhh, it was OK. There's not too much to complain about here – lots of bulging biceps and plenty of action. Still, despite all the punches that were thrown, an emotional punch is not among them. You want to root for Wolverine, but it's hard to root for a character who doesn't seem to know who he is.

Action abounds in 2003's PG-13-rated Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. This second movie in the first big-screen reboot of the hit TV series also features plenty of costume changes and cameos galore. McG, who directed the first "Charlie's Angels" movie in 2000, is back for more. So are stars Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, and Cameron Diaz.

Barrymore, Liu, and Diaz play Dylan, Alex, and Natalie, the current trio of angels working for Charlie at the Townsend Detective Agency. Bernie Mac is Bosley. The angels are tasked with finding and retrieving two rings which contain the key to the real identities of everyone in the government's witness protection program. Their competition is someone who wants to sell the rings to whichever organized crime family will pay the most.

If you suspend belief long enough to buy into the plot, you'll have no trouble accepting that the angels can blend in anywhere at any time thanks to an extensive wardrobe; that they can get from one location to another faster than you can say "Charlie!"; and that their friendship conquers all.

Overall review: Ehhh, it was OK. The unrealistic action comes at you fast and furious and is just enough to overcome the nonsensical plot. It's also kind of fun to see which celeb will show up next.