Running with scissors
Village Jam Factory - Sunday 5 March 2017, 11:40am
Running time: 137m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+ (Strong bloody violence)
Release date: 02/02/17
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 3.5/5)
It's 2029 and Logan / Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) isn't the mutant he used to be. He's sore, tired and (gasp) his mutton chops have disappeared into a full beard. Caring for Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Caliban (Stephen Merchant) in a disused factory in Mexico, it's a mundane existence of driving a limo and scoring drugs. When mysterious 11 year old Laura (Dafne Keen) enters his life things start to get weird... and when blades come out of her hands things get really weird. But will they be able to get to safety before the evil Zander Rice (Richard E Grant) changes everything for the mutants.
Logan is latest film in the X-Men universe and (apparently) the final installment in the Wolverine franchise. Very violent and raw, it's a superhero film unlike any other. It's an authentically human story within a world where the extraordinary collides with the ordinary. The violence is graphic and not for the squeamish as the body count rapidly rises, but it's also a film full of strong performances and a cohesive and clever script. Fans of the characters of the X-Men universe will enjoy the layers, but there are enough entry points for those less familiar with the details. Enjoyable.