Logan

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Hugh Jackman makes the most of his final outing as Wolverine with a gritty, nuanced performance in a violent but surprisingly thoughtful superhero action film that defies genre conventions.

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It's 2029. Mutants are gone--or very nearly so. An isolated, despondent Logan is drinking his days away in a hideout on a remote stretch of the Mexican border, picking up petty cash as a driver for hire. His companions in exile are the outcast Caliban and an ailing Professor X, whose singular mind is plagued by worsening seizures. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy abruptly end when a mysterious woman appears with an urgent request--that Logan shepherd an extraordinary young girl to safety. Soon, the claws come out as Logan must face off against dark forces and a villain from his own past on a live-or-die mission, one that will set the time-worn warrior on a path toward fulfilling his destiny.

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Cast

Patrick Stewart
as Charles Xavier / Professor X
Eriq La Salle
as Will Munson
Elise Neal
as Kathryn Munson
Quincy Fouse
as Nate Munson
Al Coronel
as Federal Commander
Frank Gallegos
as Federale Lieutenant
Daniel Bernhardt
as Bone Breaker
Ryan Sturz
as Pretty Boy
Luke Hawx
as Reaver
Maureen Brennan
as Motel Manager
Parker Lovein
as Lizard Boy
Jimmy Gonzales
as Mexican Staff Member
Dave Davis
as Convenience Store Clerk
Mark Ashworth
as Bartender
James Handy
as Old Doctor
Bryce Romero
as Prom Teen #1
Phi Vu
as Prom Teen #2
Chester Rushing
as Prom Teen #3
David E. Simpson
as Prom Teen #4
Lauren Gros
as Bridesmaid
Vanessa Cloke
as Mourning Widow
Katie Anne Mitchell
as Infirmary Nurse
Lara Grice
as Car Dealer
Ned Yousef
as Banger
Toby Holguin
as Federale
Robert Wu
as Federale
Han Soto
as Valet
Rissa Kilar
as Pine Cone Girl
Aidan Kennedy
as Mutant Child
Nayah Murphy
as Mutant Child
Chase Cubia
as Mutant Child
Emma Teo
as Mutant Child
Vincenzo Lucatorto
as Mutant Child
Noell Jellison
as Mutant Child
Kelton DuMont
as Glowing Eyes Boy
Damon Carney
as Jackson's Henchman
Cynthia Woods
as Screaming Casino Woman
Mali O'Connor
as Bumpy Skinned Kid
Robert Vargas
as Border Guard
David Paris
as Helicopter Pilot
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  • Make no mistake, Logan earns its tears. If Jackman and Stewart are serious about this being their mutual X-Men swan song, they could not have crafted a more heartfelt valedictory.

    Mar 9, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Jackman and Stewart are why Logan works-why the film doesn't feel like a cheap exercise in bloody violence, and its subversion of typical superhero-movie tropes feels organic.

    Mar 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Another expensive throwaway aimed at milking money out of people who still read comic books. Color it stupid.

    Mar 8, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • Strips away the spandex, the posse and the chaos, distilling the story down to the essence of the man, Logan. What's left is the agony and the ecstasy of mutanthood.

    Mar 6, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Jackman gives Logan a withering rage that seems heartfelt, not hammy; Stewart is touching in his enraged befuddlement; and Keen, who resembles here what Katie Holmes might look like if she were Carrie, has a feral intensity.

    Mar 3, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • [Director] Mangold drags [Wolverine] - much older, if not much wiser - into a Western, and ends up with the best superhero movie in recent memory.

    Mar 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Logan

  • Jan 01, 2019
    I think we need to talk about the X-Men, most specifically Wolverine for a bit. When I was a young child, I loved the X-Men. In fact, my three favorite superheroes had to have been Spider-Man, Batman and, of course, you might have guessed, Wolverine. I think Venom and Beast were a notch below that to close out my top five as a kid. I dressed up as Batman AND as Wolverine as a child. I don't remember dressing up as a Spider-Man, but I may have worn a mask or two. I don't think my fandom of these three heroes shaped my childhood as much as The Simpsons did, which I also grew up loving, but I do have very fond memories of my time spent with these heroes and their stories. Fast-forward to 2000 and the original X-Men movie comes out which, as far as I can remember, is the first Marvel movie to, you know, be any good. There was a 1989 Punisher with Dolph Lundgren that, apparently, was not very good (depending who you ask). A year a later the first Captain America movie came out and it was somehow even worse than the Punisher. At the time DC was killing it with Burton's first Batman film, so Marvel was playing catch-up in terms of quality. So, really, at the time X-Men came out, it was kind of the saving grace for Marvel. It allowed them to successfully transition most, if not all (early-to-mid 2000s Daredevil, Elektra come to mind immediately, of their heroes to commercially and critically successful movies. I'm not saying that without X-Men's success that the MCU would not have existed, but it certainly made it more viable than it was prior to X-Men's release. 2003 saw the release of X2, which was, at the time, one of the best superhero movies ever made. The end for the original X-Men film trilogy, obviously, came with The Last Stand, which wasn't that good. The franchise, after The Last Stand, needed rebooting and, in 2009, came the first Wolverine movie. I remember really hating this movie with a passion. Like I loathed it, I remember being really fucking pissed off at how much of a joke Gambit was made out to be, particularly considering the potential that character had to be really fucking cool. Moving on from that flick, we got X-Men: First Class in 2011 and Days of Future past in 2014, which were both great. On the Wolverine front however, in terms of standalone films, we got The Wolverine in 2013. This brings us to 2017's Logan, the film that brings us together and the film that serves as Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman's final acts as Professor Charles Xavier and Logan/Wolverine, respectively. A lot has been said about this movie, with some even regarding it as one of the finest superhero movies ever made. A movie that defies the typical conventions associated with the genre to create something meaningful, with strong characters you care about and surprising emotional depth. And with that, I must say that this movie is quite unlike every superhero movie I've ever seen. It's not about Thanos killing all life on earth with this Infinity Stones. It's not about the Joker causing chaos in Gotham. It's not about Doctor Octopus causing havoc in New York and Spider-Man protecting its good citizens from a madman. This movie is about one man saving his soul by helping Laura, a girl created from is DNA by this biotechnology company intent on, of course, creating soldiers from scratch, cross the border into Canada to, hopefully, find a safe haven there. It's about Logan's slow deterioration. He still heals, but it's not nearly as effective as it used to be anymore and he's in constant pain, so he's turned to alcohol as a painkiller. His abilities are nowhere near as good as they used to be either. One of the many things that I like about this movie is the fact that Logan carries the weight of everything that has happened to him. Not just in terms of all the battles he's fought, the wars he's been in. I mean the loss of his friends, as him, Xavier and Caliban, officially, are the last X-Men alive. The movie takes place in 2029, 25 years after the birth of the last mutant. The same biotechnology company that is creating these mutant children from scratch are also the ones, whose experiments, responsible for, essentially, exterminating the mutants, as it were. As far as Charles Xavier is concerned, however, much like Logan, his health has deteriorated to the point that he is not the same. You see, Xavier suffers from a form of dementia that, without medication, causes some severe seizures that leaves anyone in the vicinity suffering from temporary paralysis. If it goes on long enough, people could actually die. With that said, there was an incident prior to the film's events where Xavier suffered one of these seizures that injured hundreds and killed seven of the other X-Men. None are ever named and this incident is only talked about in the movie, it is never shown. And that's what I love about this world, the actions of the past have relevance to what we are seeing now, as it should be. The reason I mention that is because it adds to the feeling that this world existed prior to us joining Logan for his last journey. Xavier's last incident forces Logan to hide Xavier in Mexico and having Caliban look after him in this abandoned smelting plant. Logan and Xavier have suffered the consequences of their actions and you can see it in the body language they display and their attitude towards each other. Logan and Xavier have a more antagonistic relationship than they ever have in the past, but that's as a result of the past and I do think the movie does a great job of that. In spite of them not showing you anything of what happened to Logan and Xavier in the time since we last saw them, you know that they've been struggling. Emotionally and physically. This opens the door to explore some different angles to tell a story within the context of a superhero movie. To say that this movie is more like a noir western than it is a superhero movie is kind of an understatement. To the point that the Blu-Ray DVD (that I own) includes a disc where there's a black and white version of the movie. And the film wears its western influences on its sleeves, quite openly. But it uses those influences to craft a new story, something unprecedented in the superhero world. The characters, more than any other film in this genre that I've seen, drive the narrative forward. It's not the action, it's not the special effects. It's the actors and their performances that carry the movie forward. This is a fantastic movie by any standard, it's not JUST a great superhero movie. And that's something that a lot of the films in the MCU fail to achieve. They're great superhero movies, period. And I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with that, it's just that that means that a lot of these movies end up playing it safe in terms of its approach they take to the visual and narrative aspects of their films. That's a major problem the MCU has faced throughout their ten years of existence. Visually and thematically, the MCU have got this homogenized look and feel and, never, has anyone sort of ventured from that. I love Black Panther and it is, quite possibly, the best film in the MCU yet (and one of the best of last year thanks to its thoughtful narrative), but it still fits within that mold that Marvel has created. It doesn't really attempt to explore new avenues to tell a story that are not associated with the genre. There's no real attempts to, truly, transcend the genre like, really, only one film has done. That film is, obviously, The Dark Knight. This movie is the other. And, if I'm being honest, I find that this movie even goes farther than The Dark Knight ever did in terms of pushing the genre past its normal boundaries. It still very much feels like a superhero movie pushed to its extreme, in a good way. But Logan manages to avoid those pitfalls and, essentially, tell sort of a survivalist/road trip/western/noir film, where the characters at its core as the most important tenet to carry its narrative forward. Even The Dark Knight still revolves around the Joker threatening to destroy Gotham and causing untold amounts of destruction, injuring thousands of nameless and, mostly, faceless people. This movie is about two men, Logan and Charles, helping this girl reach a safe haven for mutants, all children like her, across Canada. And, of course, they're also on the run from Alkali Transigen, the company that created Laura from Logan's DNA. There's no threat to the universe, the threat is to Laura and the rest of the mutant children that Alkali was hoping to turn into soldiers, the threat is to Logan's sou; as, again, he's been broken by everything that he's gone through. I love that stripped down approach. It tells personal story, more so than any superhero film ever made. Black Panther is the only thing that comes close. I love Hugh Jackman's portrayal of Logan, he is tremendous here. He is a man who, and this is a trait Wolverine has had throughout the franchise, of now knowing who he is. He, even at this point in his life, hasn't found who he is as a result of how he was created and what he was created for. I think that's a theme that carries heavily throughout the film and something that Logan tells Laura at the end of the film, that she shouldn't be what they made him to be. I do think that Logan struggles with that daily and, again, it's one of the many things in his life that has led him to the point he is in this film, a broken-down, bitter and angry Wolverine. Same thing with Patrick Stewart, who captures the fragility of a 90-year-old Xavier perfectly with his performance. Dafne Keen, as X-23 or Laura, is a great addition to the franchise and her performance as this character doesn't feel forced, because she has the perfect angry face to pull off, quite literally, a mini-Wolverine. She's kind of a badass and some of the best action scenes in the entire film are X-23's. But, at the same time, the movie doesn't forget that she's still an eleven-year-old girl (I wonder if this was a Stranger Things nod) and they do try to showcase that in some of her later interactions with Logan. I suppose we need to talk about the action now and, quite frankly, it is tremendous and brutal. That's the best way to describe it, but in its own context of course, it feels believable, there's nothing cartoonish about it. Its level of violence might be off-putting to some, but I think it helps the world feel more real, feel more threatening. In short, it should be obvious, that I fucking loved this movie. If there is a flaw, and there is one, is that I do think the pacing could have used some tightening up. Other than that, however, this is still a tremendous movie. Easily one of the best movies in the genre and, really, only the second one that manages to transcend the genre's limitations to become something more, something different and unique that has never been seen before in this genre. Is it the best superhero movie I've ever seen? Honestly, I don't know. I'll have to watch The Dark Knight again in order to properly decide, but this is an easy recommendation. Phenomenal movie and a fantastic send-off to a character that we've known and loved for almost 20 years. As a bit of an side, I imagine this is like a postscript, I have to talk about 20th Century Fox's merger with Disney and what that means for Deadpool and the X-Men film franchise. Look, I've enjoyed most movies in the MCU, but they all do kinda look and feel the same, which I mentioned in this review. And I'm worried that that's what they're gonna do with Deadpool and the X-Men. 20th Century Fox's handling of these franchises, X-Men most specifically, has not been perfect. But I also have to give credit where credit is due, Simon Kinberg and his team have been the only ones to truly take risks on behalf of Marvel. If Disney owned the rights to the Deadpool character from the start, we wouldn't get those two great movies that we got. We would get something resembling that, but far more family-friendly. Family-friendly is fine, but there needs to be something edgier and Deadpool offers that in spades. Logan would be absolutely nerfed and censored by Disney in order for it to ensure a PG-13 rating, completely draining it of its essence. And that's what I'm worried is gonna happen now that these characters, seem, to be reverting back to Marvel. What does that mean for Deadpool? Disney does have Buena Vista and they COULD release the sequels under that banner and still keep it R-rated. But I don't think Disney is gonna wanna do that, I think they're gonna wanna strip Deadpool of his personality and have him fit into the mold that they've created and perfected. I'm not saying it wouldn't be cool to see Deadpool interact with some of the members of the MCU, but if that means completely destroying the character's essence, then I don't care for that. There's enough characters in the X-Men universe for him to interact with. As far as what that means for taking risks, I do not know. Deadpool has already been established as a foul-mouthed and violent mercenary. It's kind of difficult to go back on that if Disney fully takes over. But with a movie like The New Mutants, which hasn't been released yet, and serves as the thirteenth installment of the X-Men franchise, I wonder they don't fuck with that movie. It's a HORROR movie in the superhero genre, I mean that's something fresh and I would wish that Disney would take wild risks like this with its characters, but they don't. Because that's not a guaranteed over half-a-billion worldwide gross. Disney does what is going to earn them the most money and horror isn't gonna make them the most money when compared to, yet, another homogenized entry in the MCU. I don't think any self-respecting fan of the genre wants that. Again, I've enjoyed MANY films in the MCU, but they're all very similar thematically and tonally. I just hope that this doesn't mean the end of risk-taking for superhero genre as a whole. I mean we have the DCEU and I guess there's hope in them using their standalone movies to try some new ideas, but it's something that we're gonna have to wait and see. Oh, and before I end this, I forgot to give props to James Mangold's excellent script and direction. Props to you and everyone involved in the making of this wonderful film.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2018
    Making the most out of a Hard-R rating and a career-best lead performance, this violent but thought-provoking kitty definitely has claws when it comes to closing out the most popular X-Man's run with a blockbusting but altogether satisfying bang. In this R-rated future-set actioner, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart), but their attempts to hide from the world and their legacies get upended when a young mutant arrives (Dafne Keen), pursued by dark forces. From the opening scene, this very loose adaptation of the "Old Man Logan" storyline from the Wolverine comic series doesn't shy away from body counts or subverting superhero movie tropes. In fact, in this world-weary future, the only recognizable things are Logan and Professor Charles Xavier. With Logan, the X-Men franchise and its extensions have jumped ahead many years without fully explaining the Hows and Whys. Not connecting these dots proves far more intriguing as it gives the tone and setting a nebulousness akin to a certain classic trilogy of Spaghetti westerns where the main character has no name. Set in a really down and dirty time for mutants, itself very western-esque, both of these characters are very blue in two very different manners--emotionally and filthily. This is to say, it's a downbeat landscape in which most of mutantkind has been wiped out and this depression manifests itself in the form of many F-Bombs and obscene shouting matches. While working 'blue' would seem to fit Logan's curmudgeonly persona like a glove, moviegoers will be surprised how well it suits the typically do-gooding Prof. X as well. What results is a road movie that allows each character to show a decent amount of heart as these two aging meta-humans undergo a lot of human changes. Oh, there are blood, guts, and set pieces aplenty but this is the most adult extension of the X-franchise for other reasons. Indeed, even set in a latter-day dystopia, this is the most grounded of X-Men outings because our heroes ultimately face off with their own mortality. At times head-turning and heart-wrenching in the same scene, this swan song goes for broke in all of the best ways. Mind you, Logan won't win awards for its dialogue (as much as the story isn't typical, the lines are oftentimes downright pedestrian) but it's still a comic book movie at heart and comic book movies aren't striving for David Mamet diction to sell through the plot. And what a plot it is. The fact that writer-director James Mangold (who shares screenwriting credit with Scott Frank and Michael Green) even positioned this as the final go-round for fan favorite Wolverine - or that Fox greenlit it - amounts to shear bravery (what was borrowed and built upon from the comic book alone deserves plaudits). Just listen to the summary: A graying and wrinkled Agent X drops F-Bombs and aggressors while navigating a very pessimistic western landscape with his old boss and a young girl who just might be the world's most powerful mutant. Such a bold move sounds more like stupidity as opposed to bravery but the end result is brilliantly executed. Hugh Jackman has played this role 8 times before but here, he is free to color outside of the lines. Lived-in at this point, he stretches Logan's skin to a ridiculously nuanced degree--never to the point of feeling false though. Likewise, Patrick Stewart gives a supporting turn that breaks the heart but also feels quite appropriate. Heath Ledger received an Oscar posthumously for his performance as the Joker, proving that comic book characters are worthy of H'Wood gold. Jackman and Stewart very much earn their tears as well. To Sum It All Up: Truth and Claw
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2017
    And so we reach the big finale, the final curtain for Huge Jackman and his run as the infamous X-Men character Wolverine. The tenth installment in the X-Men franchise, the third solo Wolverine movie and the first R rated movie. Taking much inspiration from the classic comicbook series 'Old Man Logan' the movie is technically a stand alone story clear of any previous events in early movies. But this seems to be unclear with some saying it is a sequel to 'Apocalypse' but not a direct sequel. Or its a sequel to the 'Days of Future Past' timeline. Myself I have no clue, the X-Men franchise is so convoluted and I can barely recall anything from the earlier films anyway. Its the year 2029 and mutants seem to be slowly dying out as none have been born for the last 25 years. Logan is now an aging, grey haired, broken man whose special healing ability has weakened over time. He now spends his time working as a limo driver whilst caring for Professor X. The professor is now also very old and weak, suffering from a brain disease that causes violent seizures which has resulted in many X-Men being killed. Logan reluctantly accepts a job to escort a woman and young girl to a refuge in North Dakota. Alas it seems the young girl (Laura) has the same powers as Logan and a shady outfit are after her. The shady outfit in question being Transigen, a company that uses children with mutant DNA to create weapons. Transigen created Laura and want her back. And so Logan must now help Laura reach the refuge in North Dakota. So the main hook with this movie seemed to be the fact it was an R/18 rating. This would be the first time we would see Wolverine really getting stuck into his enemies, swear and showcase a lot of claret. In all honesty that pretty much seemed like the entire reason for the hype to me. This time there would be no cuts, we'd see Wolverine stick his claws through someones head...and there would be blood, awesome. But was it? Was it really? I mean sure twas cool 'n' all but Jesus Christ I didn't cum in my pants or anything. I guess for a teenager this might have been epic but for me I saw nothing special. But that aside lets look at the story and acting. The plot isn't anything amazing, its essentially a standard chase formula. Bad guys are trying to catch the good guys as both parties tear across the countryside. Wolverine is the typical reluctant hero, he doesn't really wanna have to deal with it, he has his own problems, but he now finds himself in the thick of it. The girl he's stumbled across was more of a pain at first, uncontrollable, a burden; but as time passes he becomes attached to her, he becomes her guardian. Its all relatively bog standard stuff we've all seen before. Obviously the movie revolves around Jackman and his gritty performance as Logan. As I just said, at first he doesn't really wanna get involved with Laura, he has his hands full with Xavier. So naturally he's grumpy, rude, kinda selfish in a way, but ultimately tired and weary of his existence. He's aging and slowing down, he's not as agile or fit as he once was and his claws hurt him as they extend and retract. He doesn't wanna get into any fisticuffs but still finds himself raging out and killing people, mostly scummy criminal types of course. But is this really anything new? I mean lets be honest here we've seen Jackman do this grumpy, gritty, no-nonsense persona before with Wolverine, its not really that new. Is he good at it? Yes, very much so, but this wasn't an outright Oscar performance or anything, he didn't blow me away whilst watching. I feel the same way about Patrick Stewart's performance as Xavier. Was this a good performance? Yes very much so, Stewart like Jackman have both perfected their performances as these characters and it would be hard to see another person in the roles. But did I see anything that blew me away or was any different to what he's done before in previous movies with this character? No not really, it was a solid performance but nothing more than what I've come to expect from this franchise. There is a shit-tonne of emotion radiating throughout this movie and at times, namely the ending, its quite poignant. But at the end of the day I didn't really see anything that I haven't seen before in previous movies, it was just more heightened this time. As for the kid actor, Dafne Keen (Laura), yes again she was good in her role, but she hardly had any dialog and merely acts like a feral child when the action kicks in (which always looked kinda cringeworthy in my opinion). Yes I understand she's just a child actor and yes she did put in a solid performance for her age, but again it didn't blow me away, it really didn't. Seeing her growl and bounce around (mostly by a stunt double) like a lethal Gollum just didn't wow me I'm afraid. Its only towards the end when she starts trusting and caring about Logan that she actually comes into her own. I did also notice that all the other child characters in this movie were mostly minority actors. Because clearly director James Mangold and co needed to hammer home the political narrative of minorities/refugees and borders, striving for freedom, and the evil white man chasing and trying to enslave/kill them. Its kinda sad that almost every movie these days has these little, not so hidden, political angles to appease certain demographics and groups. For me I really couldn't get past the fact it was just another samey superhero flick. Despite all the grit and emotion packed into it, at the end of the day it was the same old thing. The villains were the same corny bunch of faceless kill fodder they always are. There only seems to be a dozen or so hencemen throughout the movie, then come the finale there's loads of them! Loads of bad guys for all the hero characters to merrily kill. I didn't really understand the point of the bad guys either. They wanted this mutant kids back because they created them, OK sure. But they only wanted to exterminate them, so why go to all that trouble to try and capture them? And with all this future tech on display, you're telling me that no one could have added some kind of device in these mutant test subjects that would shut them down, or kill them with the flick of a switch, if needs be? Surely by now these evil companies would have thought to do that because they all seem incapable of keeping their creations under lock and key. I also really disliked the entire clone of Logan aspect, I realise that's a major part of his characters backstory but seeing two Jackman's (one looking kinda goofy with those muttonchops) fighting each other just looks stupid. The effects were handled well (inevitable CGI superhero stuff aside) but that kind of thing always looks daft to me. Also the clone of Logan (X-24) could have easily killed him at any point, just taken his head off, but no we gotta do the usual throwing thing. That's the other thing about these X-Men.superhero movies, the action is very repetitive. In other words what else do you expect a bloke with claws to do all the time, exactly. Seeing Logan slice 'n' dice people isn't awesome anymore folks, we've been there and done it. Simply adding blood and gore doesn't really make it any more exciting or better. I just get the impression this movie seems to have been blown way way outta proportion simply because it was Huge Jackaman's last outing as Wolverine and everybody likes him in the role. Oh and of course it was an R rating so that makes it instantly cooler, apparently. Was this a bad movie? No. Was it a good X-Men movie? One of the best ones? Yes. Was it a stunning movie? No, it was a solid but completely unoriginal chase movie in a superhero wrapping. Don't get me wrong I didn't not like it, its certainly one of the better comicbook superhero (based) flicks, I just didn't see what all the fuss was about. In no way does this movie deserve the hype it got, in my opinion.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2017
    The Wolverine movie I've wanted since I was eight years old.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer

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