I don’t care about the doubters, “Logan’s Run”
is FULL of win. Back in the far-flung days of yesteryear (1976) when they made movies about the future (23rd century) they liked to have something to say rather than just ‘KILL ALL THE ALIENS! don’t miss the one wearing the hat...’
This movie may be dated as hell, have sets that look like ‘The World of the Future’
World’s Fair exhibits, and effects to match, but all wonderfully so. I proclaim it retro-gold. GOLD, I tell you. Listen up.
The film begins with a background scrawl (as sci-fi tended to do back then):
“Sometime in the 23rd century...the survivors of war, overpopulation and pollution are living in a great domed city, sealed away from the forgotten world outside. Here, in an ecologically balanced world, mankind lives only for pleasure, freed by the servo-mechanisms which provide everything. There's just one catch: Life must end at thirty unless reborn in the fiery ritual of Carrousel.”
When not engaging in public orgies, drug fueled bacchanalias, or watching the ‘resurrection’
executions, Logan 5
) performs his job as a Sandman, a storm trooper cop who hunts down and kills ‘runners’
, the over 30 folks who are trying to burn their death cards. When Logan
finds an Ankh
necklace on one of the runners, he is ordered by the central computer to become an undercover runner himself to track down the mysterious “Sanctuary”
that runners speak of. After convincing the only chick in town who won’t have sex with him (a stunningly, puberty inducingly hot and occasionally nude Jenny Agutter
) to show him the way, the search is on even as he starts to realize that the old system is kinda messed up. Logan
’s old best friend Francis 7
), a sandman himself, follows them through the rabbit hole where everybody discovers what really happened to the rest of Earth. Some being happier about it than others.
Man, I love this movie. It’s like my early twenties covered with lots of silver lycra and pastel togas. “Logan’s Run”
is smart, fun, and oh-so gloriously seventies in all the best ways. It’s sex, drugs, and maybe not rock ‘n’ roll, but you won’t mind so much, as the score by Jerry Goldsmith
is one of the best sci-fi movie soundtracks ever recorded, weird and memorable. There’s oh-so much to like here now but you can see why at the time it might have all been just too silly for a lot of audiences and/or critics. “Logan’s Run”
is actually benefited by its datedness, making it all too easy to look past the over-blown performances, kind of bad effects, and illogical premise. It’s the very definition of good camp.
I wish Warner Brothers had bothered fixing up the picture to go along with the nice sound upgrade, because it looks like they barely did a damn thing to it. They certainly didn’t include any extras worthy of mention. Despite all that, if you don’t already have this in your collection, you most certainly should, as “Logan’s Run”
is a BUY
. Hopefully the powers that be will put together a better version by the time the remake comes out (assuming it ever finally does).
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