Travel with Joe and TJ to the year 2029 for a gritty, dark take on X-Men's Wolverine — a compelling and worthwhile, if violent story. This film is a film first and a comic book adaptation second.
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- Release Date: March 3, 2017
- Director: James Mangold
- Production Budget: $97 million
- World Wide Gross: $300.6 Million
- Hugh Jackman (Logan / Wolverine)
- Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier)
- Dafne Keen (Laura Kinney)
- Boyd Holbrook (Donald Pierce)
- Stephen Merchant (Caliban)
- Elizabeth Rodriguez (Gabriela)
- Richard E. Grant (Dr. Rice)
- Composer: Marco Beltrami
In the year 2029, mutants are gone, or very nearly so. An isolated, despondent Logan is drinking his days away in a hideout on a remote stretch of the Mexican border, picking up petty cash as a driver for hire. His companions in exile are the outcast Caliban and an ailing Professor X, whose singular mind is plagued by worsening seizures. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his fading legacy abruptly end when a mysterious woman appears with an urgent request: that Logan shepherd her young daughter to safety. Soon, the claws come out as Logan must face off against evil forces and a villain from his past on a live-or-die mission.
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen Directed by James Mangold
X-23 (Laura Kinney) is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics, most commonly in association with the X-Men. She was originally created by writer Craig Kyle for the X-Men: Evolution television series in 2003, before debuting in the NYX comic series in 2004. Since then she has headlined two six-issue miniseries written by Kyle and Christopher Yost, a one-shot and self-titled series written by Marjorie Liu, and All-New Wolverine by Tom Taylor. X-23 is the clone-daughter of Wolverine. Like Wolverine, X-23 has a regenerative healing factor and enhanced senses, speed, and reflexes. She also has retractable adamantium-coated bone claws in her hands and feet. In 2015, the character succeeded her "father" in adopting the name and costume of Wolverine in the series, All-New Wolverine.
In the aftermath of Logan, which hit theaters over the weekend to a thunderous reception at the box office, many fans are left wondering how the story will continue in such a beautiful finale's wake. The common conclusion is that there is more story to be told for the big screen newcomer Laura Kinney, better known as X-23.
After one has waded through a tidal wave of same-ish comic book blockbusters (some good, some bad, most formulaic), seeing a film like Logan has a bracing effect. Yes, it's far more violent than most films in the genre, fully earning its hard-R rating as characters are sliced, diced, shredded and blown to bits. That's not what I'm talking about, though. What sets Logan apart from the rest of the pack is that it feels like a real movie.
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Critics Consensus: Hugh Jackman makes the most of his final outing as Wolverine with a gritty, nuanced performance in a violent but surprisingly thoughtful superhero action film that defies genre conventions.
Domestic Total as of Mar. 8, 2017: $109,866,229 Distributor: Fox Release Date: March 3, 2017 Genre: Action / Adventure Runtime: 2 hrs. 15 min. MPAA Rating: R Production Budget: $97 million