The Wolverine has ended his last story with a bang (or a SNIKT). Logan is set in the year 2029, just six years after the post-apocalyptic events of Days of Future Past. In that time, the world Wolverine went back in time to save has broken itself yet again. The X-Men are dead. Professor X has an extremely dangerous mental condition. And Logan himself is slowly dying from toxins released into his body by the adamantium his skeleton is wrapped in.
All told, the world of Logan is a sombre, decaying world, much different from the violent apocalypse in Days of Future Past, but just as lethal. Without the X-Men, and with Xavier’s mind rapidly waning, Wolverine has become a limo driver for hire who seemingly no longer cares about anything. Of course, he never cared much for other people, but he was always willing to try to lend a helping hand in the previous films, even as he pretended to be uncaring and aloof. This time, he truly no longer cares.
Logan’s only goal left in life is make enough money to get Xavier out into the middle of the ocean where the old man can no longer hurt anyone else, and also cannot be found by law enforcement agencies, who are scouring the world for the man responsible for the Westchester Incident that basically ended mutancy.
But long before Logan can raise the money to buy a boat he finds himself, Xavier, and his only remaining ally, Caliban, caught up in yet another attack upon mutant-kind: a weapons research company responsible for the disappearance of new mutants has cloned James Howlett, AKA the Wolverine, as well as a number of other mutants in an attempt to create the perfect human weapon.
According to a documentary Logan gets his hands on the children were hesitant to kill just because they were ordered to, and as such were put aside in favour of a human weapon created with no humanity at all. And of course, by ‘put aside’, I mean ‘set to be euthanized’. However, one of the nurses had had a flash of conscience, and had documented the lab as well as the intended end for the children, then proceeded to break them out and send them all on a journey to an address she pulled off an old X-Men comic book.
Logan, of course, no longer cares for the fate of mutants, but is basically forced into helping by one of the children, who attaches herself to him and causes the research company to send a small army of mercenaries after him and Xavier, trying to get the girl back.
The girl herself turns out to be X-23, Logan’s own clone, who also had adamantium bound to her skeleton. She enlists the help of Xavier to drag the extremely reluctant Wolverine after her on a journey across the US from Mexico up to the border of Canada in an attempt to save herself and her young friends from those hunting them. Along the way, Wolverine begins to find himself again and remember that he is actually a hero, through an attack by yet another of his clones, and constant haranguing by the broken Xavier himself, who desperately tries to help Wolverine to remember who he is.
This movie is extraordinarily tragic. It shows a truly brutal side of the world of the X-Men, more so than any of the previous films in the franchise. It is also the first R-rated film in the franchise (unless you count Deadpool).
There were parts that brought tears to my eyes, but overall I watched the film with a certain amount of horror, starting from the first time I saw Wolverine lying drunk in his limousine. Any fan of the X-Men will both love and despise this movie: Love for a well-made (though gritty) film, and the addition of a new generation of mutants, particularly X-23, but hate for what they did to our favourite mutants of the past.
The actors themselves were fabulous in their roles. Hugh Jackman gave a perfect representation of a broken down Wolverine, setting the perfect note for his last rendition of the character. After Logan he is no longer going to continue on with the X-Men franchise, and indeed, after watching the events of Logan there would be little point in him continuing.
The real star of the film, of course, was Dafne Keen, the young actress who played X-23. I personally hope we see a lot more of her in that role in the future. She gave X-23 the perfect mix of rage, sympathy, and child-like innocence that will make her character memorable.
In truth, this latest installment of the X-Men franchise needs no recommendations. However, I would of course avoid allowing children to view it, as it is quite violent and gory in places, and is also chock full of foul language.
If I were to rate this film, I would give it a 4.5 stars out of 5, for excellent acting, brilliant casting, and a powerful story. What do you think of the film? Do you think X-23 has a future in the franchise? Comment down below with any thoughts you had. Also, have a great weekend. And don’t miss the next two posts. I have two more movie reviews to do before Monday rolls around!