Logan (2017) Saturday, 04 July 2020

Logan (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence.

  • The pitch:

    The silver bullet.

  • Starring:

    Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Richard E. Grant, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, Quincy Fouse

  • Directed by:

    James Mangold

  • Running time:

    137 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicides (jumping off roof, grenade). People (including children) are shot, slashed, stabbed, pursued, punched, kicked, decapitated, maimed, tackled, beaten, stomped on, thrown through the air/against objects/to the ground, harpooned, impaled, experimented on, grabbed, injected, immobilised by a loud tone/pulse, threatened, hit with objects, dragged, smacked, restrained, hand/leg-cuffed, flipped, exploded, throat-grabbed, frozen, cocooned, pistol-whipped, crushed. Children are euthanased (implied). A child repeatedly slits her own arm (it heals after each cut). Vehicles shot, hit with objects, exploded, kicked; wrecked car, smashed windscreen, motorcycle crashes, train-dodging, car spinout. Objects thrown/smashed/hit with fists. A man says "somebody poisoned our dogs". Weapon of mass destruction, raising killers mentioned. Shoplifting, theft, break-and-enter. Arguing, yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Dead body. Dismembered limbs, decapitated head. (Very) bloody heads, arms, faces, mouths, hands, fingers, legs, cuts, scratches, clothing, objects, wounds, bandages. Blood spatter. Glob of flesh in sink, coughing up blood, dripping blood. Burning/searing flesh, bubbled skin, IV drip in arm. Operating theatre with blood on tables/instruments. Bullet casings are popped out from flesh. Child on table with limbs sliced open. Injections (close-up of needles entering flesh). Weapons seen protruding through skin/heads/faces/throat. Bruising, scars, bloodshot eyes. Operating rooms with blood on tables/objects. Wound-dressing, healing, bandaging, arm in sling. Convulsing (seizures), arm-slitting, collapsing, wheezing. Man in wheelchair, people in hospital beds. Disembowled family, polio, Alzheimers, degenerative brain disease mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    An intoxicated woman flashes her breasts. Shirtless man. Castrated mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    People are injected with serum. A man takes pills in several scenes. A man buys a bag of drugs from a hospital porter. Alcohol (beer, spirits, champagne). Alcohol dependency, intoxication. Smoking (vaping, cigars, cigarette advertisement). Gambling (casino patrons bet on horse races). Junkie, ibuprofen mentioned. Casino, bar settings.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling (crazy, junkie, stupid, disappointment, assassin, animal, Nosferatu, mutants, bad, fat, savages, etc). Religious references and exclamations (God's plan, God's mistake, God knows, Jesus, damn, who the hell, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Wolverine, mutants, paternity, mentors, survival, chronic pain, ageing, death, murder, Shane (1953), adamantium, albinos, tracking, guardianship, alcohol dependency, seizures, sacrifice, healing, telepathy, chauffers, family.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead loved ones, mentors, wife, child, family, father, caretakers. Grave digging. Pediatric cancer mentioned. Helicopter, drone. Cemetery, funeral, laboratory, casino, bar settings. Spitting, drool, toilet. Horses, dog. Taxidermy animal head, antlers on wall. No end-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Tense, gripping, violent, paranoid, brutal, risky, affecting, standalone, urgent, satisfying, involving, poignant, funny, cohesive, gripping, scruffy, dystopian, wholehearted, touching, bloody, downbeat, rousing, savage, weary, human, entertaining, topical, self-aware, emotional. Impressive performances, detailed/visceral/creative/nasty/earned/grave/serious violence, nerve-stiffening/accomplished composition and framing, nervy/evocative/perfect/elegant/fine score, evocative/believable production design, a fitting farewell.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    A little long, loses momentum in final half hour, some scrappy sequences/detours.

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