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Logan Film ReviewLogan by far, is the best developed and written Marvel film to date. It stars Hugh Jackman & Patrick Stewart reprising their roles of Wolverine and Professor X, along with Dafne Keen as Laura, Eriq La Salle, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant & Elizabeth Rodriguez.

The film was directed by James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma & The Wolverine) off a script he co-wrote with Scott Frank and Michael Green.

The teaser for the film says, “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.”

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Logan takes place about 12 years from now, in the year 2029, where a lot of things and events have taken place that involves both all of humanity and mutants alike.  There are so many things I want to say about Logan, but the bottom line is that this is the first Marvel film where the audience had emotional reactions to various moments in the story. No, not stunned moments like when Phil Coulson gets killed in The Avengers! Sure, that made your jaw drop, but that’s about it. No, this film hit you on many levels, depending on how deeply rooted your fandom is in this and the X-Men franchise. This is the Captain America film of the X-Men movies where so much takes place at the underpinnings of the X-Men.

The violence is traditional Wolverine, but not in the sense of how it used to be done, but rather, as its executed by this older Logan.

For those who love the first half of most Marvel films, but hate how they devolve into violence in the second half, this isn’t like that. The story is incredibly well-woven within the context of the confrontations while to be honest, there’s a heck of a lot of character development to go along with, and in between some of the physical conflicts. Every scene something is delivered about the background of the situation, a character or event. Your brain will explode with imparted new knowledge with each act.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a surprising story about family, friends and trust. We also saw that when trust is betrayed, the ramifications can be far reaching for everyone involved.

The cast includes Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo and Nick Thurston.

The story takes place “10 winters” since the events in the last film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The apes have made a home in the mountains north of San Francisco and the majority of the human race has been wiped out by the symian flu. Only those who happened to be immune survived the plague.

The batch of humanity that has holed up in SF are faced with the problem of dwindling resources for their power supplies.

Neither species had seen each other for a very long time. Until a few men looking for a hydro dam encounters two apes out in the woods. And the story goes from there.

What develops from there is the focus on survival, family and the ability to judge and trust those around you… Within and between both species.

The story evolves a ton of detail in the first hour alone yet it’s done in such a way that doesn’t feel rushed but rather, you find yourself immersed in it.

You find yourself worrying more for the apes than you do the humans. Humanity as a whole is touched on in the story, what, this being the evolution of the extinction of humanity, but our focus is on a few relationships of humans forced to take action.

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