Logan's Run is a movie I have a lot of affection for, even though it's pretty dated and a little silly. I mean the premise is good, it's just the 70's special effects and some of the acting are a little off. But it presents a fascinating idea- what if, in the future, everyone lived a life of pleasure, free from work or stress, but only until the age of thirty? And once you hit that age you have to turn yourself in to be "renewed". Would you have confidence that you would be renewed? And what happens if you're not?
This movie is a lot of fun and a great dystopian. You just have to roll with the dated effects. The year is 2274 and humanity lives in a domed city, with no idea what is on the outside. Or at least this city lives that way- they never really say if there are other cities out there and what, if anything, they do. But everything is pretty much automated and people walk around in these silly outfits and just... have fun, I guess. No one knows who their parents are, the so- called Nursery apparently handles all that. It's a totally hedonistic lifestyle, and periodically all the people who have hit thirty go to a ceremony called carousel where they wear robes and and these creepy looking masks and submit themselves for Renewal.
Logan 5 is a Sandman- a sort of police unit that tracks down and terminates Runners. Those who decide they don't want to die at thirty or take their chance at being renewed flee for a place called Sanctuary. This haven is rumored to be somewhere outside the city. Logan is instructed by the city computer to pretend he's a Runner, and to seek out Sanctuary and destroy it. He meets Jessica 6, a woman who has contacts with Runners, and sets out for Sanctuary. His best friend Francis 7, meanwhile, is infuriated when Logan runs, and sets out to stop him.
It's probably not a spoiler to say that Logan and Jessica eventually make it out of the city, although the escape sequences are pretty good. As to whether they find Sanctuary- well you gotta watch to find that out!
The movie is not shy about nudity- some scenes were apparently cut to make a PG rating, and the scenes in the Love Shop are quite lurid. This is a society devoted to hedonism, after all. And again you have to overlook the sets and some of the effects- I got a distinct Disney World vibe from the citywide shots- and I don't mean that as disparaging, but just the monorail and the overall look- a very 70's retro SF vibe. But overlooking that, this is a fun movie and has a lot to offer.
If you want another take on Logan's Run (that looks at the book vs the movie) check out this post over at Books, Vertigo & Tea.
I love the scene where they're wading through the National Mall, which has apparently flooded, and the ruins of Washington, D.C. Finding the old man in the Senate chamber, surrounded by all his cats- and finding no one else- was effective too.
The movie has a cool ending, although I'm not sure why the city computer malfunctions so easily when Logan gives his report. And why are there explosions all over the city as a result? That's a little iffy, but the end scene with the people streaming out of their ruined city and seeing the old man- the first old person they've ever seen- was done well.
I don't remember if I ever saw the film right through when I was younger but it wouldn't be my kind of film now!ReplyDelete
Gosh, I saw that film years ago. I might have to watch it again now you've reminded me. Got to love old special effects lol..ReplyDelete
Seriously, who doesn't watch and enjoy (for whatever reason) a pretty dated and little silly movie from time to time? *raises hand* And, I have to confess, I didn't know about this one. Yep, I'll check it out :)ReplyDelete
Right. Check it out sometime when you've nothing better to do... :)Delete
I love this movie, I saw it years ago and I think I was in high school. I remember all the sex scenes and of course at that time it became a favorite movie, lol!ReplyDelete
I do too! Something about it... and it was a bit lurid for a 70's movie!!Delete
I don't think I've ever seen Logan's Run, which is surprising because I spent a LOT of time at the video store in the 80s and 90s. Thanks for the recap!ReplyDelete
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Oh no? You really have to correct that. :) Just don't expect TOO much lololDelete
I've been meaning to rewatch this! I used to watch the TV show when I was a kid. :)ReplyDelete
I never saw the show!Delete
Ah sounds fun. Special effects back then can be so entertaining. Thanks for the heads up on this :)ReplyDelete
Right? They are not the movie's strongest point...Delete
I’ve heard of Logan’s Run but have never seen it. But I have to say, it looks deliciously campy. LOLReplyDelete
Verry campy ha ha but fun also!Delete
I honestly do not know if I have ever seen itReplyDelete
I don’t think I ever even heard of this movie! Ever! It sounds I teresting, though!ReplyDelete
Oh wow, I had forgotten all about this movie. It was a lot of fun to watch, lol.ReplyDelete
I know I saw this as a kid, but I don't remember it. Great review!ReplyDelete
Yes! I love Logans Run! <3ReplyDelete
Ahhhh I love this film (more than the book). It is packed with kitschy sci-fi fun of the finest. Thank you for pointing out how cringing that seen with Jessica is though because I so agree! I actually dislike that one moment out of the whole film. Stellar review!ReplyDelete