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Logan Lucky Review (2017) | Steven Soderbergh Returns to Heist

It’s one hell of a sight to see Steven Soderbergh get back to heist movies. Logan Lucky is as ravishing as his Ocean’s franchise used to be. It has a star-studded cast, a great story, great humour and is really satisfying to watch. Almost manages to take you back in time to the Ocean’s.

Logan Lucky is smart, inventive and funny and that’s what makes it an enjoyable flick. The cast does a fabulous job with Channing TatumAdam Driver and Daniel Craig literally driving the story forward. People who make the plot even more entertaining are characters portrayed by Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid and Seth McFarlane.

Direction and Theme of Logan Lucky (Spoilers)

Steven Soderbergh is still great with the camera. Writing credits for Logan Lucky goes to Rebecca Blunt and it’s apt that Soderbergh took this project under his wing. His reach is diverse when it comes to choosing actors. And Logan Lucky has got plenty of big names to showcase. The best thing is that he simply aces situational humor to crack you up which never bores you even for a second.

Meet the Logans

The movie begins with Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) being fired from a job on account of him being limp. He had been working as a construction worker for Charlotte Motor Speedway until he was let go one day out of the blue. If his day couldn’t turn any worse, his ex-wife Bobbie Jo Chapman (Katie Holmes) breaks it to him that she plans on moving to Lynchburg with her new husband thus making it difficult for Jimmy to visit their daughter Sadie Logan (Farrah Mackenzie).

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Furious he is drinking at his brother Clyde Logan’s (Adam Driver’s) bar where he gets into a fight with Max Chilblain (Seth MacFarlane) and his friends. He has clearly hit a rock bottom and that’s when he becomes desperate to rob Speedway.

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He talks with Clyde about his plan to do so, sharing with him the knowledge he had garnered on pneumatic tube system when he was working for the company. Speedway used it to move cash across its main vault.

Logan brothers also include their sister Mellie (Riley Keough) into their plan thus making it a family thing.

Meet The Bangs

They hire Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), a safecracker to safely crack the safe.

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Probably one of the most intriguing things to watch in the flick is Daniel Craig’s performance as Joe Bang. He becomes something we are not used to watching him as. The actor changes his entire personality making you forget that he is the guy who plays Bond, James Bond. And that’s one sign to make out a good actor.

Daniel Craig in Logan Lucky movie

Joe Bang comes at a price. They are forced to hire Joe Bang’s brothers Fish (Jack Quaid) and Sam (Brian Gleeson) too, who by the way crack you up with their daft acts.

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The Plan in Logan Lucky

The plan is to break Joe Bang out just for the robbery and then sneak him back in before it would raise an alarm. To help him from the inside Clyde intentionally incarcerates himself for a delinquency. Watch out for that bit! So funny.

Mellie, Fish and Sam put cockroaches in the main vault of Speedway to get its proper dimensions.

Joe and Clyde create a riot inside to veil their absence from the prison and then escape via the infirmary under delivery trucks. They are picked up by Mellie who drives them to the Speedway. The dimwit Bang brethren blow up the generator forcing everybody to switch to cash. When the cash begins to flow in really fast, Joe creates a working bomb out of mere gummy bears, bleach, and salt.

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They even hire a guy to bullshit the security sent to investigate the smoke coming out of the tube.

The plan stays foolproof throughout. The only problem happens when Clyde ends up running into Chilblain. That and Clyde’s prosthetic arm getting sucked in by the vacuuming machine.

The Big Reveal

The best thing Logan Lucky does is what it does with its climax. It creates an impression as if Jimmy had a change of heart and he leaves all the money behind, tipping off the police about the money whereabouts. Clouds of doubts are created deliberately forcing you to think in that direction. But just as you are about to feel frustrated by the flick’s ending, just as much Joe Bang and Clyde supposedly might have been feeling at one point, you realize that Jimmy is way smarter than he looks.

We find out that Jimmy had simply returned some of the cash from the whole sum to stop the tailing investigations. He had midway, along with Mellie, arranged to hide the cash in a dump. He had also retrieved Clyde’s arm in the process doing all the right things.

As the movie ends we realize that the crew ends up becoming safe and happy after all, but the pain in the tooth is still there in the form of Special Agent Sarah Grayson (Hilary Swank). We see her sharing a drink with Clyde in the end. It leaves all the threads open leaving the audience in a whirlpool of speculation.

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That Emotional Touch

The movie resorts to playing in with its soft corner by using the youngest of all Logans – Sadie. The only thing unselfish about the movie is the father-daughter angle, where Jimmy wishes to provide for Sadie and really be there for her. As the movie begins we see Jimmy telling Sadie about why he loved the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver the most. The significance behind it that made him love it even more.

As Sadie takes the stage for her pageant show, where she plans on singing Rihanna’s Umbrella, she finds Jimmy show up at the entrance. She then takes the bold move of changing the song and singing her father’s favourite song instead to make him proud and happy, eventually winning the trophy as well.

The Sense of Satisfaction

The most satisfying thing probably isn’t just watching Jimmy get away with it. But him having a big heart to leave some cash for even the most insignificant people involved in the heist in one way or the other. Even the ones whom he caused minor inconvenience, ends up getting a wad of cash. Even a girl from the school Sylvia (Katherine Waterston) who just put a band-aid on him.

With that, we know that Jimmy isn’t a bad guy after all. He is just a reflection of maybe a fragment of us. Our anger that forces us to become something that we are not. And the picture is so satisfying to watch that it tempts you into becoming a smartass like Jimmy and get what you are really worth.

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Minor Issues

Surprisingly I don’t see why Sebastian Stan was even included in the movie for he didn’t have anything to do with the plot. His presence merely felt like a jest the writer wasn’t aiming for but somehow Steven was convinced to rope in a huge name. It is like his regular wont of adding up as many valuable personalities he could lay his hands on. This time it was the Winter Soldier I guess that he had in mind.

However, tempting the idea of robbing might sound or how cool the idea of being a smart ass like Jimmy might appear to be, the flick after all, in a way propagates crime, and delivers a wrong message. That’s the only flaw one could see if one squints too much.  But at the end of the day, you must remember a movie like this is supposed to be looked at, just for fun. Hope nobody takes a wrong message from it.

The Final Verdict

Logan Lucky is a hoot. It is really satisfying to watch. The humour will keep you constantly riveted to the story at all times. Even though there are tons of heist movies out there, the subtle entertainment it slips in is unlike we have seen in any of the others. It is a movie that should not be missed.

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Logan Movie Review (2017) | Perfect Wolverine Homage as Hugh Jackman Rests his Claws

What a way to go! We knew Logan movie was going to be Hugh Jackman’s last as the badass superhero. So finally he rests his claws, and that too with a grandeur and reverence that a guy like him deserves. 17 years! 17 years of service as the guy we can’t imagine Wolverine without.

Even before heading to the cinema hall we knew it was going to be heavy. The trailer had already implied so, and so it was. Logan movie is imaged in a dystopian world wherein there are few mutants left. We are given an inkling that something bad has happened and it is the aftermath of all that emotional trauma where Wolverine is struggling to thrive in.

Logan has a deathwish on his mind. He coughs, bleeds, limps and is affected by his own adamantium which is failing him gradually making him old and vulnerable. It is a gradual decline and we know where we are headed but there is one final mission for him to be useful one more time before succumbing to his grave.

Direction of Logan Movie

James Mangold returns with the final version of The Wolverine franchise, and he simply nails it this time. His direction retains ample focus, provides you perspective around what’s going on and has the right gravitas in it to make you connect instantly with the protagonist. At the same time, you can’t appreciate the makeup artists enough, who projected this shriveled image of Logan who looks old, tattered and yet quite spectacular.

You can’t help but feel sorry for him when you see him gradually withering away, becoming one of time’s many puppets, and headed towards an imminent downfall. The way he coughs, the way he walks, and the way he portrays the quintessential “Old Man Logan”, could easily beat any other dramatic actor of any genre to pulp any day. And James Mangold gives him all the right angles making the movie one helluva visual delight.

Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney

Dafne Keen is hands down amazing in Logan Movie! She acts beautifully steering X-23 to perfection. There’s a fighter in her, there’s defiance in her, and it’s not just in her blades. She dons savagery like a medal. And then you cannot overlook her cuteness either. She is simply brilliant with her fun acts too. Be it be wearing a cool glass, swaying on a mechanical horse or walking into the sea of Reavers casually holding a head in her hand. She perfects every act without saying a word. It, in a way, betrays her meanness.

still of Daphne Keen as X-23 Laura Kinney in Logan Movie

The gore is simply breathtaking and is enjoyable when you see the father-daughter combo go for the kill. You can see those blades light up bald heads, and when they seriously damage a bloke beyond recovering adrenaline doesn’t know how to stop. It’s all in all a visual feast for the eyes.

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Plot of Logan Movie (Spoilers)

We start off in a dystopian future where Logan has taken refuge in a forlorn land taking care of an old and sick Charles Xavier. Logan’s a chauffeur now driving a Chrysler he cares about, looking for prescription drugs to get by. He has Caliban, a tracker at his aid to take care of Professor X, and they are hiding at a smelting plant in Mexico.

Transigen has somehow managed to wipe out a lot of mutants through a deadly virus, and we are to believe that somehow Charles holds himself responsible for it. Even though we aren’t served the backstory, we are only left to ponder that part.

Logan is contacted by Gabriela who used to work for Transigen. She is keen on sending Laura Kinney, a child mutant to a place called Eden, and needs Logan’s help in order to do that. At about the same time, he is contacted by Donald Pierce played convincingly well by Boyd Holbrook who wants Logan to help him locate Laura. When Logan tries to help Gabriela instead, Donald Pierce comes with Reavers, an army of enforcers, to capture her.

It is there where we discover she is a mutant and is an advanced version of Wolverine in terms of superpowers. A fight ensues and they (Logan, Charles and Laura) manage to escape the onslaught.

The Relationship

Later, Logan discovers Laura to be his daughter through a video that Gabriela had made explaining X-23 origins. He finds out she was made with his own DNA. That there were other children too who had managed to escape.

With Transigen on their toes, the trio are forced to constantly stay on the run. Donald Pierce is holding Caliban captive via which he is able to track Logan’s whereabouts. But Caliban is secretly helping Logan to stay one step ahead.

That’s when we find X-24, a genetically enhanced version of Wolverine, barging in at a house they were staying at. X-24 looks exactly the same as Wolverine only younger, better and faster. He was created for the sheer purpose of hunting mutant children. He comes for Laura, kills Charles in the process and the entire family who had given refuge to them, before being rammed by Will Munson‘s truck.

still of Hugh Jackman as Logan in Logan Movie

With Xavier gone, the man Logan really cared about, we find him feeling shattered and broken. He refuses to help Laura to make it to Eden, which he believed to be a mere made up excerpt from a Comic Book, but when her obstinacy can’t be reasoned with he agrees to help her. They head to Eden, while Laura does most of the driving.

Eden – A Temporary Safe Haven

On reaching there, realizing Eden wasn’t a mere fantasy and that it was a hideout for all those escaped children, he realizes he was wrong about it before passing out. His adamantium and injuries exacerbate beyond limit, and takes a toll on him. He finds out the true plan of the children from Rictor, the leader. They were to cross the Canadian borders to safety. Logan asks Laura to be a part of them.

When the children are making that journey, Donald arrives with his Reavers to hunt them down. He had found a photograph Laura used to keep, behind which the Eden coordinates were written. A very dodgy and vulnerable Logan then finds a Mutant serum. Consuming it expedites his healing quotient temporarily.

We see him one more time in one of his badass previous avatars, where he used to go on a slay-spree. Soon, however, the serum wears off, when he encounters Dr. Zander Rice who reveals himself to be Dale Rice‘s son who was killed by Wolverine while trying to escape the Weapon X program. Logan shoots him before encountering X-24 once again.

Donald Pierce, on the other hand, is subdued by the mutant children. X-24 is eventually killed by Laura with an adamantium bullet that Logan used to keep for himself. Before dying, however, X-24 impales Logan badly injuring him against a tree branch.

With his inability to quickly recuperate like he used to, he ends up dying owing to his unhealed wounds. Laura bids his grave adieu turning the cross sign on his grave to represent the X from X-Men. With that the curtain closes.

The Final Verdict

Logan movie shouldn’t be missed for the world. It pays excellent tribute to a guy we loved and revered over the years. It goes on to show how Marvel is capable of everything. Making even a dark movie with a gloomy theme.

For some, the flick might be a tad slow, when Logan keeps falling to despondency every now and then, and often dozing off owing to fatigue. But I think that’s one of those crucial parts that helps the audience to stay connected with the character and empathize with him fully.

I think ours is one of those golden eras where we got to see Hugh Jackman embellish Wolverine. He is, was and will be, hands down one of the best Wolverines we ever saw on screen. No matter what happens in the future, it would be certainly hard for us to imagine someone else fill Logan’s shoes.

Go on and watch the movie even if you aren’t a Wolverine fan, because this one right here is how superhero movies should be helmed.

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