**The Wolverine** is Jackman's 6th appearance as Logan, alias "Wolverine." While this is a standalone movie, **The Wolverine** takes place after the events of **X Men The Last Stand** and before next Summer's future blockbuster - **X Men Days of Future Past.** Stick around during **The Wolverine's** closing credits for the exciting movie teaser.
**The Wolverine** opens with a depressed Logan, the ultimate soldier cursed with eternal life. In his long existence, Logan keeps losing the loves of his life. Recently Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) died at his hand and the guilt has caused Logan to become a hermit in the Canadian woods.
Enter Yukio (Rila Fukushima), an employee of Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), a dying industrialist whom Logan rescued from the atomic bomb blast at Nagasaki. Yashida would like to offer Wolverine the gift of death.
With such a serious theme in the background, **The Wolverine** could have been bogged down with theories and theology. Fortunately director James Mangold has directed a visual treat, one feels like they are roaming the Morikami Gardens. The action sequences are directed with visual clarity, most notable is the creative detail utilized during a fight sequence aboard the bullet train racing at 300 mph.