This one is for all those Marvel Comic fans who have been looking
for the end of the current chapter and the beginning of the next one.
At some point in the not-too-distant future, Logan, aka Wolverine
(Hugh Jackman), is in bad shape, physically and psychologically.
He's a limo driver with a drinking problem, which is bad enough.
But when he goes “home” to a remote place where he keeps tabs
on a couple of the other old mutants, it's downright pathetic.
They all seem to be wondering why they're not dead already.
They're certainly not doing anybody else any good.
And it's not like Wolverine hasn't been asked.
There's this one woman who's cornered him repeatedly, asking for
his help, and he doesn't want to help her.
There's a strange-looking dude who tells him that he's looking for
the woman who's looking for him. Logan
tells them both to take a flying leap.
(By the way, the R rating is well-deserved, both for the language
and the subsequent violence. This one is not for little kids.)
But now he thinks the woman must have good reason to be so
By the time he realizes this, it's too late to help
her, but there's this girl she was with---he assumed she's the
daughter---and now he learns that the girl is a mutant, like him, with
powers remarkably similar to his. She
wants to go to Eden, a certain remote locale in North Dakota, where
they'll all be safe, and Logan tries to tell her she's been reading too
many X-Men comic books (irony is about the only humor available in this
Turns out that the girl is a mutant, but through a type of in vitro
fertilization procdure, along with other children who were being raised by
some mysterious mad scientiest in charge of some quasi-government
So now we have the irascible Logan and the mute girl on some kind
of road trip that involves running from their relentless foes, while at
the same time trying to figure out if there's any connection between them.
Be prepared for truckloads of violence, but also a reluctant but
noticeable character development. There's
not really a moral to the story, and we've only tangentially eliminated a
risk to society (there's more bad guys where these came from).
But the few moments of tenderness are almost wistful in contrast to
the grim preponderance of violence. It
may not be a storybook ending, but it is typically comic book, in the
presentation of people who appear superhuman, but in fact are defined by
their vulnerable humanity.