Monday, June 2, 2008


ABOUT: Logan's Run is a 1976 science fiction film based on the novel of the same name by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. It depicts a dystopian future society in which population and the consumption of resources is managed and maintained in equilibrium by the simple expediency of killing everyone who reaches the age of thirty, thus avoiding the issue of overpopulation which was of growing concern at the time. The story follows the actions of Logan 5, a "Sandman", as he "runs" from society's lethal demand.

The 1976 film version, directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York, Richard Jordan, and Jenny Agutter, was shot primarily in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (including locations such as the Fort Worth Water Gardens and the Dallas Market Center) between June and September 1975. The film only uses the basic premise from the novel (everyone must die at a specific age, Logan runs with Jessica as his companion while being chased by Francis). The motivations of the characters are quite different in the film.

The film won an Academy Award for Special Achievement for its visual effects, and was nominated for two other Oscars. It received the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, and was nominated for a Nebula Award for Best Script. Logan's Run was the first film made using Dolby Stereo.

Since 1994, a remake of the film has been in development hell.

MY REVIEW: Logan's Run was just too cheesy for me. I love sci-fi movies and I love sci-fi movies from the 70s. Logan's Run has all the makings for a good sci-fi movie. The Minority Report like plot, the hot girl, the robots, the lasers and the futuristic cities. I bet the book was good but I don't think the filmmakers read it.

It seems like they didn't take much from what was in the book and just decided to make the movie the way they wanted. I guess they mostly focused on the production design, which I read was a lot of money especially back then. Even with all that money some of the sets are really bad. Like the entire city which you can clearly tell is a model, it's almost as bad as Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. There is also the main buildings which look like malls and probably are. George Lucas didn't have that much money but he did make a better looking future society in THX-1138. Although, the future city that I will not name to give anything away, that is on the outside of the dome is well done.

The movie starts off simple enough, only to become confusing when Logan starts to run. There are some scenes that are so cheesy that I thought I was watching The Omega Man again. There is also a rave type scene that is weird, awkward and creepy all rolled into one.

The only scene that I found interesting was when Logan meets the old man played by Peter Ustinov. This sets the movie up to not suck anymore because for the first time they see an old guy and they can find out all these cool things. Like how is the old man old and why is he there. But no. It's just the old man is there. His parents died a long time ago and that is about it. Awesome. Logan's Run just needed to try to be a good movie rather than a visual extravaganza.

The DVD features are kind of better than the movie itself. You have nice looking transfer of film quality. The trailer for the film as well as a making-of feature. Then you have audio commentary from Michael York, the director and the costume designer. I wish they would have put as much thought and time in the original movie as they had into the DVD.

MY CHEESY RATING: Logan's Run trips over some hurdles and only scores a 4 out of 10.



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