Apr 102012
 

Director: Michael Anderson

Rating: PG

Running Time: 120 minutes

Release Date: June 23, 1976

GenreScience Fiction

Cast: Logan(Michael York), Francis(Richard Jordan), Jessica(Jenny Agutter), Box(Roscoe Lee Browne), Holly (Farrah Fawcett), Doc(Michael Anderson Jr.), Old Man(Peter Ustinov)

Synopsis: In the 23rd century humanity survives in a domed city protected against the uninhabitable wasteland the Earth has become. In order to sustain their limited existence, everyone must submit to termination in the Carrousel at age 30. Some decide to take their chances by running away. As a member of the Sandmen, Logan (Michael York) and his partners hunt down the ‘runners’ and kill them. The computer that controls the city commands Logan to find the place where the runners are going and artificially ages him so he is forced to become a runner. Along with another runner,Jessica (Jenny Agutter), he makes his way out of the city but Francis (Richard Jordan), his former Sandman partner, chases them. Outside they uncover a shocking secret that will change the city dwellers’ lives forever.

Analysis: When I was in first grade in the early 1980s, I remember that one of my friends had a Logan’s Run lunchbox. Sadly, I didn’t see the film until recently, but after seeing it, I think that it is a pretty good science fiction story. Logan’s world is well visualized and the story is very gripping. There are some slight deficiencies in acting and special effects, but they are not major problems.

Pro:

  • 1970s version of the future is pretty cool looking.
  • Even though parts of the city were obviously created with miniatures, they are very detailed and look great!
  • There is a prescient version of Chatroulette, but the partners are teleported to your apartment.
  • Freaky but fascinating interrogation with computer generated surrogate Logans.

Con:

  • Easy to spot places where gun is going to hit before gunshot.
  • The slow motion room didn’t make any sense.
  • The ice cave collapse was very fake looking.

Conclusion: Few younger people have seen this underrated science fiction film. I think that part of the reason might be due to it being eclipsed by the release of Star Wars in 1977  a year later. I recommend it if you are in the mood for a disco inspired future dystopia without any actual disco music!

Trivia: Richard Jordan, the actor that played Francis, is also Duncan Idaho in the 1984 version of Dune.

Score: 3/5

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