The final installment of the Wolverine series, Logan came out in the cinemas last week and already made $237 million with a budget of $97 million. The film follows an aged Logan (Hugh Jackman) in the year 2029. With mutants facing extinction he is hiding away with Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in Mexico trying to save enough money to buy a boat for them to live on. One day he is approached by a woman called Gabriela (Elizabeth Rodriguez) who wants to buy Logan’s protection to cross the border to Canada with a little girl called Laura (Dafne Keen). Reluctantly Logan agrees as he needs the money, but they are soon hunted by people wanting to take Laura and Logan has to do everything he can to save their lives.
The film is easily the best X-Men film and in my opinion the best superhero film. With an age rating of 15 in the UK, Logan has blood, gore, and foul language within the first 30 seconds of the film. This makes it the most realistic film in its genre. So if you have enjoyed Logan, here are 5 more films you can watch.
John Wick (2014)
John Wick follows John (Keanu Reeves) an ex-hitman who takes revenge on the people who stole his car and killed his puppy. John Wick has all the action of Logan and not much of the emotion or storytelling. It’s just an amazing action film, from start to finish. The film has one of the best-sophisticated action scenes. They are lengthy, artistic and beautifully crafted. The sequel John Wick: Chapter 2 is out in cinemas and even though the plot is denser than the original it’s still about the action. Both films are written by Derek Kolstad and directed by Chad Stahelski and if you liked the action in Logan, you will love the action in John Wick.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
Without a doubt one of Luc Besson’s best films, Leon has a similar plot to Logan. We follow Leon (Jean Reno) a hitman who by chance comes across 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman) and takes her into his care after her family is killed by corrupt police officers. Compared to Logan, the film has less action, but Besson doesn’t disappoint when the time comes. Reno’s talents combined with bad guy Gary Oldman is enough to watch the film. The chemistry between Leon and Mathilda will leave you reminiscing Logan and Laura.
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
Written and directed by Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans, The Raid is an Indonesian film featuring traditional Indonesian martial art Pencak Silat. The plot follows a SWAT team trapped inside a high-rise apartment block run by a crime gang. Indonesian actors Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim take the leads, joined by Donny Alamsyah and Yayan Ruhian. Intended to be a big budget film, Evans had to settle down for a budget of $1 million but the film went on to earn $9 million and many film awards. The film does lack the sentiment in Logan, but the action is better and that makes up for it. The Raid is another great example of an action film and is considered a cult classic.
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Written and directed by Lee Jeong-Beom, the South Korean film became South Korea’s highest grossing film in 2010 and is still considered one of the best South Korean action films. In fact, it is one of the inspirations for John Wick. The film follows Cha Tae-Sik (Bin Won), an ex-soldier who works at a pawn shop and his only friend 12-year-old So-mi (Kim Sae-Ron). When So-mi is kidnapped, Tae-Sik swears to rescue her no matter the consequences. This is the most similar film to Logan, however, don’t expect them to be exactly the same. The Man from Nowhere has a more stylistic and sophisticated action compared to the rampage style Logan has, so each film has its own style. The plot is also a little different, as Logan is reluctant to take on the role of the savior, Tae-Sik has nothing to lose except his only friendship and he will do anything and kill anyone to save that. If you nearly cried in Logan, like me then you will not be able to hold back the tears for The Man from Nowhere. The film is one of my favorite films and a great route into South Korean action films.
The film stars Saoirse Ronan as 15-year-old Hanna, who lives with her father Erik Heller (Eric Bana) in rural Finland. Hanna is being raised by her ex-CIA father to be an assassin and kill Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett) a senior CIA official who is trying to get rid of Erik. Written by Seth Lochhead and David Farr and directed by Joe Wright, the film received positive reviews both from critics and the audience. It is a slow paced film, compared to Logan, but only in style. The story and action don’t fall far from it. Ronan does an amazing job as the only main character and Blanchett equally supports her. The film’s approach to action is different from Logan, although the gore and violence remain the same. Even though Hanna is raised by her father, she takes on the role of revenge herself and she is her own savior and that’s what sets the film apart from other action films.
Author: Busra Mutlu
Editor: Han Angus
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