Hi boys and girls! Time for another movie review.
This time the movie comes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you haven’t seen Logan, I strongly suggest you do.
Here are the caveats:
- You have to love a gritty storyline.
- You have to be able to handle gory fight scenes and foul language.
If you’re good with 1 and 2, they made Logan just for you.
BEWARE: SPOILERS BELOW!!
The setup and major players: It’s 2029 and thanks to the government, mutants are an endangered species. Logan has set aside his Wolverine persona in an attempt to live out a quiet anonymous existence as a limo driver in Texas. He and Caliban, a mutant whose power is tracking other mutants, are caretakers for an aging Charles Xavier. Like all mutants, they’re on the run from the government. They live in an abandoned industrial facility and Charles’ Alzheimer’s has turned his powerful mind into a paralyzing unpredictable weapon when he has a seizure. Life is not good.
Enter Gabriela Lopez and a little girl named Laura. Gabriela recognizes Logan for who he is and offers him big money to take them to the Canadian boarder. Logan reluctantly accepts the job but when he stops by the hotel to pick them up, Laura is gone and Gabriela is dead.
Logan heads home with Laura as an unknown stowaway in the trunk of the limo. After Logan discovers his special passenger, A cyberneticaly-enhanced and heavily-armed security squad called The Reavers show up to claim her. It turns out Laura has Wolverine claws and a Wolverine attitude. That’s when the fun begins!
This movie is all about redemption. Redemption for Charles but mostly redemption for Logan. He’s given one last opportunity to be a hero and comes through. This film is rated R for a reason. There’s lots of violent action and blood, blood, blood. The story is sometimes as brutal as the fight scenes but it’s told pretty well. The writing is decent although I would have liked more substance in this area.
Overall this movie is a very good redemption story. All the right people make the right sacrifices to do the right thing. In addition, Boyd Holbrook is a standout as Donald Pierce, leader of the Reavers. Logan is definitely worth the price of admission.
Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen and Boyd Holbrook. Directed by James Mangold. Written by Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green. Rated R