The story sees an aged Wolverine taking in a young mutant, X-23 (played by Dafne Keen with similar capabilities to himself). As he suffers the physical pain of dwindling mutant powers and hits the bottle, he also is taking care of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, whose powers are temperamental thanks to the onset of dementia.
As they hide out on the Mexican border, Logan’s attempts to stay hidden are threatened when dark forces come in hot pursuit of the young mutant he’s tasked himself with caring for.
Doesn’t sound like the kind of butt-kicking, mutant mania you were thinking?
That’s because it’s not drowning in CGI and try-hard lines. It’s a film focused on relationships, albeit damaged ones dealing with the added complications of superhuman powers and being hunted. All the while taking place in a place not a million miles away from the baked, noir-ish lands from No Country For Old Men and Hell or High Water.
As Director James Mangold explains:
“If you're on the make for a hyper-choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying CG f**kathon, this ain't your movie. In this flick, people get hurt or killed when shit falls on them. They will get just as hurt or just as killed if they get hit with something big and heavy, like, say, a car. Should anyone in our story have the misfortune to fall off a roof or out a window, they won't bounce. They will die.”
Along for the ride are Stephen Merchant as Caliban, Professor X’s caretaker; Boyd Holbrook (who you’ll recognise as Detective Murphy in Narcos) as Donald Pierce, head of security for the sinister organization known as Transigen; and Richard E. Grant as Dr. Zander Rice, a mad scientist type who also works for the company.
Count us in.
Logan is in cinemas from 3 March 2017