The first scene takes you back to Nagasaki on Aug 9, 1945 when the nuclear bomb was dropped. Logan (Hugh Jackman) saves a Japanese soldier Shingen Yashida, who in return offers him his sword, but he humbly refuses. He wakes up and realizes it was a dream, but it wasn't. He is living in 2013 and his past comes back to haunt him.
Yukio (Rila Fukushima) from Tokyo approaches Logan to fulfill his old acquaintance, Shingen Yashida's last wish, who is on the verge of death, to rest in peace.
He makes his way to Tokyo where Yashida assures him to get rid from his curse of mutant by taking all his powers.
But things don't smell good. Next day Yashida is dead and his granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto) is kidnapped. Logan follow to find her and the combative sequences follow here.
Director James Mangold puts in all the stuff of action which could destroy this 3 blades inbuilt creature.
For action sequences there are many but few are memorable. A fight sequence over the top of the Japanese bullet train which runs at 300 km/h is chilling, though far from real.
The other sequence includes a surreptitious Ninja attack and a humongous metallic robotic samurai combat which are descent.
Despite all this the director fails to keep us hooked to our seats. What lacks is innovation in one of the most successful franchise, and also its slow pace.
The creepy pace which induces boredoms from the beginning is one of its biggest flaws, which anybody would not expect in a genre like this.
Writers Mark Bomback, Scott Frank and Christopher McQuarrie fail to deliver new things for Wolverine, who scowls, roars and claws at things much as he has done in every X-men film.
In many ways, The Wolverine feels like a similarly huge collapse, though with a smooth landing.
Jackman gives a good performance for Wolverine and he doesn't miss a beat. He is hungry to flush off the bad guys with his half dozen blades. Tao Okamoto is also good.
Wolverine could be watched by his fans but expecting anything new would be unwise. Even the action wouldn't please you.