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Logan (2017)

Published in L
Thursday, 23 February 2017 21:27
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  • 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.

The Wolverine

Published in T
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 22:49
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Frequent action, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Plenty of bark, not much bite.

  • Starring

    Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee, Famke Janssen

  • Directed by

    James Mangold

  • Running time

    126 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Plenty of action sequences featuring sword-fighting, stick-fighting, fist-fighting. Atomic bomb blast (B-29 bombers, air raid siren, mushroom cloud, explosion, fireball, burning city, mass devastation and destruction). People are shot with arrows and guns (some repeatedly), shot at, slashed, stabbed, glassed, punched, kicked, elbowed, slapped, thrown against objects, thrown from a moving vehicle, hit with objects, poisoned, burned, pursued, kidnapped, choked, hit by a car, thrown from high platforms, threatened, dragged, bound, restrained, weakened. Soldiers commit hari-kiri. Attempted filicide, attempted suicide, smashed objects, broken glass. POWs, man in solitary confinement. People balance on high ledges, dangle precariously from fast-moving vehicles and structures. Disembowled victims, attempted assassination, accidental injury, nihilism mentioned. Screaming. Blood/gore: Burning flesh, bubbling skin, ageing flesh, peeling skin. Bloody bullet wounds, blood on clothing, blood on objects, cleaning wounds (tissues, tweezers, shrapnel, kidney dishes). A man performs surgery on himself (skin sliced open, hand inserted in flesh). Objects (knives, arrows, glass shard) seen protruding/removed from flesh. An animal is poisoned, severely wounded, killed. Bleeding, suffering animal. Organs seen on scan monitors. Bloody gashes, scratches, bruising, scars, bandages, stitches. Snapped necks. Corpses (animal and human). People seen on stretchers.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, groping, infidelity, solicitation. Shirtless men. Women in underwear, women in nightwear, tight-fitting clothing, man in underwear. A man is bathed (genitals not seen). Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits, cocktails, shots). Gambling (pachinko). Drink-spiking (unknown toxicant).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling, religious references and exclamations. Cultural, regional, gender stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Mutants, regeneration, legacy, justice, revenge, immortality, precognition, X-Men, The Wolverine, Yakuza, Nagasaki bombing (WWII), healing, corporate greed, power, betrayal, omens, honour, obedience, tradition, adamantium, biology, genetics, invincibility, martyrdom, robotics.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased girlfriend seen in dream sequences, deceased parents mentioned. Deceased grandfather (cancer), stolen child, flatlining. World War 2 (Nagasaki), remote wilderness, medical ward settings. Planes (B-29 bombers, private jet), campfire, lightning, thunder, precognition, turbulence, helicopter (grounded). Cats, goat, brown bear, taxidermy (moose head), mechanical bugs. Urination, spitting, forked tongue, shedding skin, red eyes, cloudy eyes. Arranged marriage mentioned. Some Japanese language (partly subtitled). Shaky camerawork during foot-chase scenes. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Stunning cinematography and CGI, incredible special effects and props, captivating for the first 40 minutes, elegant choreography, terrific score, entertaining action sequences, pleasing martial-arts. Hugh Jackman's vascular transformation as Logan is eye-popping. More existential than previous instalments, moody.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Too story/character-driven. Deviates from comic-book X-Men formula. Absurd final act, corny dialogue, weak villains, convoluted plot, uninteresting peripheral characters, contrived romance, lagging pace.