(WARNING: This article features major spoilers for Logan)
Over the weekend, audiences were thrilled to see #HughJackman reprise his role as the titular #Wolverine one last time. I myself found it to be a stellar film with great acting, a well-written story and a proper send-off for the man who is the best there is at what he does.
Before I go gushing with all sorts of praise, something about the film felt a bit familiar. Not necessarily in a bad way but familiar all the same. As I backtracked all the events of the movie, it dawned on me: The filmmakers took inspiration from Terminator 2. And by inspiration, I mean they damn near remade the whole movie.
The Star Of The Movie Is An Emotionless Robot Protecting A Young Child
When the film begins, We see that Logan has taken to menial labor in an effort to save money to buy a boat in order to keep Prof. Xavier protected from the government as well as keep the general populace protected from a seizure-prone Xavier. Fairly soon in the film, he is straddled with young Laura, a.k.a. #X23, who is being hunted by an evil corporation building unfeeling killing machines. Sound familiar? Logan and Charles quickly surmise that Laura is a clone of Wolverine, but Logan shows no sign of care for the girl. He even goes so far as to leave her before Charles convinces him to take her with them.
The #Terminator operated under much the same guise. He was only protecting John Conner as that was his programming. Otherwise, he would have turned him into Swiss cheese like the rest of humanity. Logan eventually comes to care for the girl, letting his defenses down after a very long life filled with heartache; much like the Terminator, who learned to experience emotions over the course of the film.
They're Both Road Trip Movies
The main plot of #Logan is that he is charged with taking Laura across the country to get to a safe haven called Eden. Terminator 2 focuses on Sarah and John Conner traveling from Southern California to New Mexico in an effort to protect John from the T-1000 so that he can lead the resistance against the machines in the future.
Along the way, they both lose someone directly responsible for mass destruction but is ultimately repentant — Charles Xavier in Logan and Miles Dyson in T2. Both culminate in the aforementioned soulless automatons fighting a younger, better version of themselves (T-1000 and X-24), which brings us to our final comparison.
They Both Have Heart-Wrenching Endings
T2 is widely regarded as one of the most bittersweet endings in cinema history. After protecting John by, well, terminating the T-1000, The T-800 sacrifices himself in an effort to prevent the future war from ever happening. Check out the final scene below:
Likewise in Logan, Wolverine sacrifices himself to protect Laura and the rest of the New Mutants so that they can get to Canada, the ultimate location of Eden. There was not a dry eye in the house when both of these sacrifices were made. I don't care who you are — if you didn't shred a tear when Laura called Logan daddy, you have no soul.
Logan is one of if not the best superhero movies done to date. Hell, It may even make some people's favorite of all time list. Though, one must acknowledge that while the story is gripping and well done, it was not exactly original material. But hey, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. If you have to pay homage to any film, you can do a lot worse than #Terminator2.
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