Director: James Mangold.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen. USA 2017. 137 mins.
In 2029, mutants have been all but wiped out. The world-weary Logan has gone into hiding. But when a young girl with similar powers to his own appears, with a sinister organisation not far behind, he reluctantly agrees to take her to a refuge near the Canadian border. It’s a long road to safety, but one that brings deliverance for both of them.
Not since The Dark Knight has a superhero film subverted the genre code as powerfully as Logan. Director James Mangold shuns the capes and CGI for something altogether more human: a gritty, neo-Western road movie that slowly sinks its claws into the heartstrings and doesn’t let go.
In the new black-and-white cut, Logan’s noir and Western qualities shine. The monochrome visuals are fitting for a film with such a strong nostalgic undertow, and that’s why Logan Noir is a perfect companion piece to the colour release that won over audiences earlier this year.
Leaving the world of J-pop behind her, Mima Kirigoe begins life as an actress on a crime drama show called Double Blind. When offered a lead role in the show as a rape victim, Mima accepts in spite of her manager’s reservations. However, the backlash from fans over her career change and a strange website called ‘Mima's Room’, written by a fake Mima, begin to worry her. When a stalker appears and people involved in Double Blind begin turning up dead, with all the evidence pointing to her, Mima is thrown into a state of confusion, madness and paranoia.