A lot of reviewers and lucky viewers got to see #Logan last week, and the reactions have been nothing short of spectacular (check out Movie Pilot's review here). Judging from the early reactions, Logan seems to share some of the same qualities of another film that many would also consider spectacular: #Terminator2. Here’s a spoiler-free examination of how Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen have a similar dynamic to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Edward Furlong in the classic James Cameron sequel.
Logan And T2 Share Storytelling DNA
The Terminator and Logan are killing machines, and they are on a mission to protect John Connor and Laura respectively. The Reavers are like the T-1000, constantly on the chase to find the duo and destroy them. The ingredients are all there. Just insert awesome theme music, and we’re good!
Every film junkie knows that Terminator 2 isn’t just a sci-fi action film, but a story that teaches us about humanity and purpose. The Connors are on a mission to save humanity, and along the way, bond with the Terminator.
In Logan, Wolverine seems to have given up on everything in life, and lives quietly in solitude. But when he is forced to protect Laura, he finds himself on a mission — not only to stop whoever’s trying to kill him and Laura, but also to find the path to hope.
Just like the Terminator, Logan can be the one who finds the good in life and will accept his death if it comes. The Terminator sacrificed himself to save the future, but breaks John Connor's heart. Logan could possibly do the same — finding positivity, sacrificing himself, and breaking Laura's heart while giving her a hopeful future.
Logan And Laura Have The Terminator/John Connor Relationship
Laura is the new face of the X-Men. She is the one, in the comics, to take the mantle of Wolverine when Logan is no longer in the picture. It appears that she pops out of nowhere, and Logan must protect her by any means. This is the one thing that is most exciting — getting to see the growing relationship between Logan and Laura.
When Logan was asleep in Laura’s lap in the trailer, it gave a sense of a possible father-daughter relationship. The trailers suggest that she and Logan will find something in common (besides their genes) that will be the driving emotion to the film, perhaps their love for Professor X.
Logan and Terminator 2 Both Comment On Fate, The Future And Hope
The relationship between the Terminator and John Connor was the highlight of Judgment Day; it was shown from John's perspective, and also from Sarah Connor's. As Sarah Connor says at the end , "The unknown future rolls towards us. I face it, for the first time, with a sense of hope. Because if a machine, a Terminator, can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too."
In the Logan trailer, Professor X softly quotes, "Logan, you still have time." Sarah Connor and Professor X mean the same thing.
Professor X has always been the soul of the X-Men universe, and carries hope close to his chest — it's been his constant value ever since the first #XMen film. Xavier is needed in a movie like Logan, because he is the living embodiment of hope. If he goes away, Logan must pass that message onto the next person: Laura.
John Connor may have taught the Terminator human emotion, but the Terminator taught John Connor the value of living. It seems that Laura will give Logan a new appreciation for life — his own and others'.
This year, we say goodbye to Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Logan looks to be the best X-Men film to date and will set a new standard for comic book movies, just like how Terminator 2 set a new standard for sci-fi action.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is very relevant to this day, and it stands the test of time. Could Logan have the potential? Tell us what you think below!