Largely based on the graphic novel ‘Old Man Logan’ by Mark Millar and ‘X-23: Innocence Lost’ by Craig Kyle, Logan is the tenth and final instalment of the X-Men series, which premiered in 2000. It is also the last of the three Wolverine films which debuted in 2009. Set in 2029, barely a dozen years hence, the Marvel Comics character Logan (Hugh Jackman) has now almost retired and working as a chauffeur near the Mexican border, most of the mutants having either perished or having gone underground. Logan’s healing powers have now diminished (relying more on meditations) and spends his spare time looking after the former leader of X-Men Prof. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), now in his 90s and ailing from dementia. A woman turns up and implores Logan to take under his wings a young girl Laura (11-year-old Dafne Keen in her debut feature), and trouble brews. Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and his army of henchmen are after Laura to decode her mysterious DNA.
In this latest, and last of the franchise, Jackman delivers a solid performance in a script with a director–backed role. He goes all out to make the character both credible and compelling. Also, the frontiers of the atypical superhero genre are explored like never before by director Mangold. With metal claws as knuckles, the action too is gory.
For the action genre aficionados it promises to be a visually arresting treat—in shades of grey, literally—mostly eschewing the CGI associated with superhero films. For fans of the X-Men and Wolverine series, it promises to be an emotional adieu. Adding to the nostalgia is Johny Cash’s ‘Hurt’ (The Man Comes Around) during the end credits.
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