LOGAN

"Redemptive, but Brutal, Fable"

Quality: Content: -3 "EXCESSIVE"
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Content:

Worldview:
 Strong Christian, redemptive parable/worldview promoting sacrifice, family, helping weaker and innocent people, and doing the right thing, with a couple positive references to God, including the Lord’s Prayer is recited before a family meal, but set in a very dark nihilistic world that’s become savage and godless and also minimized by extreme violence and much foul language uttered by the very disillusioned title hero, including several strong profanities, and a nice Christian family is viciously slaughtered by the thoroughly evil and ruthless villains when the family provides a brief safe harbor for the protagonists, and a large agricultural monopoly bullies a family farm and, apparently, other farms because (it’s implied) most of the X-Men and other good mutants are dead and no longer around to oppose the bad guys anymore, especially bad guys who specialize in wiping out mutants.

Language:
About 79 obscenities (mostly “f” and “s” words but not always), five strong profanities (two GDs and three misusing the name of Jesus) and two light profanities.

Violence:
Lots of brutal fighting includes bad guys shoot guns and use fists while an aging man and a young girl with healing powers stab them viciously with their mutant claws covered in a special hardened steel (including slitting their throats, stabbing them in the head and cutting off a couple heads), many martial arts moves and punches and kicks and acrobatics, half of man’s head is blown off by a gun, bad guy viciously shoots a family to death, characters are impaled, some explosions, a large vehicle is flipped onto a couple bad guys to kill them, young girl tosses a bad guy’s severed head at another bad guy’s feet, mutant children use their powers to freeze or smother or toss around bad guys trying to capture them to turn them into super-soldiers, an incapacitated man is mortally and viciously stabbed, elderly man suffers two or three seizures that paralyze people around him and would eventually kill them unless he gets an injection (apparently he has some kind of brain disease or Alzheimer’s that distorts the mutant powers of his super-mind).

Sex:
None.

Nudity:
During a montage of Logan chauffeuring people in his limo, one girl riding with a bunch of other girls wearing prom dresses briefly exposes her breasts to Logan as a lewd prank.

Other Content:
Some alcohol use and brief drunkenness; no smoking or illegal drugs, but an elderly character has to take some kind of prescription pills and regular injections to dampen deadly seizures comping from his powerful mutated brain; and, revenge murder and other heavy brutality.

Summary:

LOGAN is a redemptive, but brutal, science fiction thriller set in a dark America in 2029, where Logan, aka Wolverine, and a dying Professor Xavier try to save a young mutant girl chased by an army of villains led by a mad scientist who’s been genetically engineering mutant children to turn them into vicious soldiers. LOGAN’s redemptive, relentless storyline is seriously undercut by lots of brutal, extreme violence, much gratuitous foul language, and heaps of despair.

Review:

LOGAN is a redemptive, but brutal, science fiction thriller set in a dark America in 2029, where Logan, aka Wolverine, and a dying Professor Xavier try to save a young mutant girl chased by an army of villains genetically engineering mutant children to turn them into vicious soldiers. The movie’s redemptive, relentless storyline is seriously undercut by lots of brutal, extreme violence, much obscene and profane language, and heaps of despair and disillusionment.

Based on a new story that changes the history developed in the X-Men comic books, the movie opens with a drunken Logan, who’s become a limo driver, awakened by some gang thugs trying to steal his fancy limo’s tires. Logan, who’s pulled off to the side of the road to sleep, asks them to leave, but when they viciously attack him, he becomes enraged and kills them all.

It turns out Logan has hidden Professor Charles Xavier, the leader of the X-Men, in an abandoned oil complex in Mexico because Charles suffers from terrible seizures that can kill anyone around him if they go on too long. Logan, who’s aging and becoming sicker by the day, helped by a surviving albino mutant named Caliban, take care of Charles, feeding him prescription pills and sometimes injections to dampen his powerful mental abilities. However, Charles is in mental contact with a young mutant girl, Laura, who’s in some kind of terrible trouble. Apparently, the rest of the X-Men and many other mutants are dead.

Eventually, Logan and Charles meet up with Laura, who’s being tracked by an army of thugs sent by the large company that found ways to kill any mutant who refused to join them. The army is led by the company’s mad scientist leader who’s been genetically engineering mutant children like Laura, plying them with dangerous drugs and training them to develop an army of ruthless mutant soldiers. Laura and several other children escaped, but Laura got separated from the other children. Now, Laura needs Logan’s help to get to Canada, which has become an asylum for mutants like her.

As this plot develops, several questions arise. What’s wrong with Professor Xavier? Why does Logan appear finally to be aging and is himself becoming sicker and sicker? And, what happened to the X-Men?

LOGAN features a relentless, action packed story with multiple Christian references. For example, when Logan, Charles and Laura help a horse farmer and his family, they have dinner at the family’s house, and the father leads them all in the Lord’s Prayer. In addition, the movie is ultimately about Logan’s redemption from a lonely life filled with rage and violence. Logan’s redemption involves much sacrifice on his part to protect Laura.

Sadly, however, LOGAN, the movie, is set in a very dark world filled with brutal violence. It turns out that the mad scientist genetically created Laura from Logan’s DNA and experimented on her, so she has sharp steel claws hidden in her hands like Logan does and can regenerate herself quickly like the younger Logan used to do. Throughout the movie, Logan and Laura must fight and kill many of the soldiers that the mad scientist sends to kill Logan and capture Laura. Much of the killing involves Logan and Laura stabbing and slicing the soldiers to death with their claws.

The movie also contains constant foul language, including abundant “f” words. Also, Logan swears several times using Christ’s name and many times in front of the young girl. In addition, during a montage of Logan chauffeuring people in his limo, one girl riding with a bunch of other girls wearing prom dresses briefly exposes her breasts to Logan as a lewd prank.
All in all, LOGAN is an ultraviolent movie filled with excessive, gratuitous foul language.

In Brief:

LOGAN is a new X-Men story that changes the history in the comic books. The year is 2029. Most of the X-Men and other mutants are dead. Logan, aka Wolverine, has hidden Professor Charles Xavier, the leader of the X-Men, in an abandoned Mexican oil complex because Charles suffers from terrible seizures that can kill anyone around him. Logan, who is himself aging and getting sicker, takes care of Charles, feeding him prescription pills to dampen his powerful mental abilities. However, Charles is in mental contact with a young mutant girl, Laura. They discover Laura’s being hunted by an army of soldiers led by a mad scientist who’s been genetically engineering mutant children to turn them into vicious soldiers. They must help Laura escape to sanctuary in Canada.
LOGAN features a relentless, action packed story with multiple Christian references. Ultimately, the movie is about Logan’s redemption from a lonely life filled with rage and violence. Sadly, however, the movie contains lots of brutal violence, abundant obscenities and heaps of despair. LOGAN may present a riveting, redemptive story, but it’s too excessive.