|Logan's Run [VHS]
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If you can stifle the urge to laugh at its pastel unisex costumes and futuristic shopping-mall d¨¦cor, this extravagant science fiction film from 1976 is still visually fascinating and provocatively entertaining. Set in the year 2274, when ecological disaster has driven civilization to the protection of domed cities, the story revolves around a society that holds a ceremonial death ritual for all citizens who reach the age of 30. In a diseaseless city where free sex is encouraged and old age is virtually unknown, Logan (Michael York) is a "sandman," one who enforces this radical method of population control (but he's about to turn 30 and he doesn't want to die). Escaping from the domed city via a network of underground passages, Logan is joined by another "runner" named Jessica (Jenny Agutter), while his former sandman partner (Richard Jordan) is determined to terminate Logan's rebellion. Using a variety of splendid matte paintings and miniatures, Logan's Run earned a special Oscar for visual effects (images of a long-abandoned Washington, D.C., are particularly impressive), and in addition to fine performances by Jordan and Peter Ustinov, the film features '70s poster babe Farrah Fawcett in a cheesy supporting role. Jerry Goldsmith's semi-electronic score is still one of the prolific composer's best, and Logan's Run remains an interesting example of '70s sci-fi that preceded Star Wars by less than a year. --Jeff Shannon
- DVD Movie
I bought this movie because I really enjoyed it years ago. Still enjoyed the movie. ...more info
- Ages before Gattaca and Aeon Flux
An original vision of a "perfect world". Jerry Goldsmith's score, flashy sets, good script, good fun....more info
- Logan's Run: Still running and still revelant
This movie, while being pre-Star Wars, is still relevant today in the subject matter; ecology, overpopulation, hedonism, governmental control, technologies, marriage, genocide, and many others with very plausible visual depictions of a future "post-apocalyptic" society. The movie's varied subject matter is presented very well in the plot, and really...relatively simple dialogue. The actors are all very believable, yet simple. Some may say that this movie is overly simplistic, shallow, etc, but...and that is a big BUT...when you consider what the movie presents you see great depth. It should be considered a CLASSIC and rated with equal prestige as great literary works like Ray Bradbury's "Farenheit 451" or George Orwell's "Animal Farm"...more info
- The Idea Intrigues - The Movie Does Not
I bought this movie but I wouldn't recommend it. Never mind buying it, it would be hard recommending anyone to go watch it, although I did like the women's hairstyles in this movie. Best of the 70s. The lead actress is pretty easy on the eyes. Apparently, they don't wear bras in the future either. And how great was it to see Farrah Fawcett! She was Farrah Fawcett-Majors at this time - another movie about the future that is in fact a time capsule! Farrah Fawcett's part, however, is pretty short - I'd guess less than 5 minutes total screen time. And while it was fun digging on the shopping mall interior design that was supposed to be our 'world of the future', finally I was left wanting something more.
The plot is intriguing enough - at least the basic idea is. I just thought the movie dragged. I kept waiting for it to be over.
There are parallels between this movie and the "Planet of the Apes". And maybe "Rollerball", neither of which were big hits for me, although I think I liked "Planet of the Apes" better than Logan's Run in terms of the actual watching experience.
I don't mind low-budget effects movies as long as the story engages, but it didn't for me in Logan's Run. One thing that bugged were those cheesy spaceguns that lit up when they would shoot, and then a minute later you would see an explosion rigged to go off near the person they were shooting at. A year before Star Wars and you'd think they could do better than that! Still, this is not the movie's biggest problem.
I remember being intrigued by Logan's Run, the TV series, when I was a kid, and since I couldn't find it on dvd, I opted for the movie instead. I don't regret seeing it (and there are quite a few movies that I can't say that about), but it may be better to rent this one if it's a matter of sating your curiosity. The main premise intrigues, but the rest of the movie's about as exciting as flat coke. I give it 3 stars for the originality of it's idea - for the movie itself, two would be more than fair.
- Back to the Future
This movie is OK for Sci-Fi. However, because there is no originality in Hollywood, the movie "The Island" with Ewan McGregor is a remake of this movie. "The Island" is so very similar, just an update of "Logan's Run". If you like originals, get this movie....more info
- When It Sounds Too Good To Be True...
Imagine a society virtually free of disease, no violence, harmony among the masses, casual sexual encounters, and an abudance of pleasure for those not too old to enjoy it. Of course, such a utopia can not even exist in the realm of futuristic worlds. The "Utopian" world presented in "Logan's Run" is alluring at first glance, but behnind the glossy exterior of faultless living, the clock is ticking...and the flashing color in your palm tells you exactly how much time you have left.
In this world, Logan, (played by Michael York) is a sandman, who is essentially employed by the city to ensure that no runners escape the "renewing" process at the age of 30. This film had the misfortune of being released the year before "Star Wars" became the defining film of the science fiction genre. With that said, this film should not be compared to Lucas's opus, but the futuristic settings depicted in "Logan's Run" simply seem dated by the standards achieved during the prodcution of a film of this time. Nevertheless, the film is exciting and offers a brilliant score by Jerry Goldsmith (Planet of the Apes). The score is worth owning by itself, but it adds greatly to the overall presentation. Take a trip into sanctuary, and discover that the true paradise may in fact be the one we're currently neglecting. In this way, "Logan's Run" offers a prophetic message, while entertaining audiences along the way....more info
- Not-great transfer of a not-great movie
It's a shame Logan's Run was not polished for a dvd release, because it remains a fairly mediocre science fiction film. As another reviewer has noted, LR became immediately redundant with the release of Stars Wars just a year later, which made LR's cheesy effects and sluggish pace look like a made-for-tv flick. What gives LR its enduring power, though, is its committed performances, especially York and Agutter (even if Michael York, with his hopelessly plummy diction, remains one of my least favourite actors). The director gives us plenty to look at in terms of futuristic settings, but today the movie is a curio - like most futuristic sci-fi - and a bit of a chore to sit through. The picture quality is very flat and washed-out, and the soundtrack lacks depth and clarity; the extra features are also meagre (I turned off the commentary by York after 15 minutes because it was so dry and boring and I didn't want to sit through the pic again). In brief, an inessential buy. ...more info
- The old 70s ,,no problem,, Sci-Fi.
What a wonderfull two houres of entertainment i had when
i saw Logans Run again,,last time was +- 20years ago and it is still great!!
Just that wonderfull sort of SciFi they don,t make anymore.
To bad though,it is only on region1
Otherwise i could have played it on my home cinema system.
In this case i played it on my pc.
- Dated but a classic...
I remember this movie when it first came out in 1976 and it was as memorable now as it was then. Yes Star Wars came out at about the same time, but Star Wars for the most part was set in outer space. This was set down here on merry old earth. Star Wars also had a budget many times larger than Logans Run. By todays standards the special effects seem almost campy but in 1976 they where cutting edge. If you get the chance read the book which is even better. About the only thing I could fault it for was the lack of background regarding all that's happened and is happening. ...more info
- LOGAN'S RUN DVD
I've been a fan of this movie since it came out in the 70's. Logan's Run is my favorite SciFi movie and having a chance to own it on DVD is a treat - the movie is still great and the DVD quality is very good. If you are a fan of this genre, I recommend this DVD. ...more info
This movie ought to be studied over and over again by the people who write and make science fiction films.
It is the preeminent example in the genre of how you can have the most awful look, the most inept direction, and the cheesiest, most laughable special effects . . .
. . . and yet the film will be universally known and still talked about decades later because of what a solid, solid story it was.
About a million times more potent that some dumb monster eating people in outer space!...more info
- A jewel of a film
This is sooo 70's, it is soo cute, you MUST JUST LOVE it. I can't say else.
The dvd is a good one, double-sided with full screen (I hate full-screen) and wide screen (that's how this film is meant to be seen!!!), featurette and staff comment. What do you need more? Perhaps "Silent Running" but that's another story......more info
- classic movie great SF
In the year 2274, after the world has been decimated by a holocaust, a new society is built and resides in a domed city. However, it is forbidden for humans to live beyond 30 and you are given two choices, either to go through a ritual called Carousel with the promise of being "renewed", or go on the run and risk being hunted down by an elite police force known as Sandmen....more info
- Classic Scifi.
Loved this movie. I hadn't seen it in a while and I found the storyline compelling. Not bad for that era of movie making! ('70s)
- Lame take-off from the book
Sorry, but since "Logan's Run" is one of my all-time favorite books, I was really disappointed in this rendition of it. Certainly you can't expect filmmakers to "film the book," but when a book is this special, you want the movie to be so, too. Michael York is just too old and Jenny Agutter, though a wonderful actress, just didn't fit in Jessica's skin. Though I saw the film back in the '70s and now have a copy of it, try as I might, I just can't seem to get past how it botches my vision of this fabulous book. Read the book! An extraordinary, visionary tale!...more info
- painfully boring
I suppose it was revolutionary for it's time, but the acting is god-awful.
Read the book, your imagination will do the story better justice....more info
- wonderful journey into the past/future
a must see again for everybody who saw it as a child!...more info
- "Good luck, Runner. May you find Sanctuary."
I've been a lifelong fan of Sci-Fi films of all types and varieties. I first watched "Logan's Run" around the age of 7 (circa 1979) on TV and have loved the movie ever since. Between the interesting plot, highly stylized set pieces, intricate minatures work, expansive and beautiful matte paintings, and of course, Jenny Agutter, what's not to like here?
The movie's setting is the year 2274 and it is clear from the beginning that some great catastrophe has occured which has forced the remnants of humanity into giant domed cities. Within lies a sprawling futuristic metropolis peopled by individuals all under the age of 30 and dressed in color coordinated clothing (Yellow for pre-teens, Greens for late teens and early 20's, and Red for mid 20's to 30). Each citizen has implanted in their left palm a "lifeclock", a small crystal which changes color when certain stages of age are reached. It begins to flash once it's owner has offically reached age 30, marking a very significant stage. When one hits the age of 30 they join in an activity called "Carousel". There these 30 year olds go through a rather mystical ceremony in which they are systematically (and willingly) obliterated by the city's central computer in a high-flying way. In this fashion the inhabitants are "Renewed", that is processed by the computer to begin life again in the body of a newborn infant. Anyone who wants to keep on living and doesn't want to join in Carousel, for whatever reason/s, is called a "Runner". A group of pseudo-police called "Sandmen" are responsible for chasing down Runners and terminating them.
To the viewer there is something way out of whack with this system and it's clear that the populace is not being given the full story and seem to live life for sex, drugs, and rock n' roll (or disco in this case). Logan 5 (Michael York) is a Sandman alongside his best friend Francis 7 (Richard Jordan), also a Sandman, and go through the daily activities of looking for Runners and living a stress-free life filled with all things carnal. After dispatching a Runner and looting his belongings, Logan takes into possession a small metallic Ankh. The city's Central Computer, recognizing the symbol, assigns Logan with the task of finding "Sanctuary", a mythical safe haven for Runners who flee the city, and destroying it. To help Logan infiltrate the underground society which enables Runners to get to Sanctuary, the computer advances Logan's lifeclock from age 26 to age 30, forcing him to become a Runner himself.
The movie gets a lot of criticism for being heavily laden with the styles and mannerisms of the 70's, and the inclusion of Farrah Fawcett-Majors did not help as she was as symbolic of the decade as anyone else. The model work, pretty cool stuff at the time, is *clearly* model work now. But one must remember that this movie was made in an era when things such as CGI and advanced special effects did not exist (Star Wars opened that door a year later in 1977) and so the modern viewer is forced to suspend disbelief to a degree in order to enjoy the movie more fully.
And when one successfully does suspend that disbelief there is a jewel of a movie to be found here. The sets are nicely put together and the situations that Logan and Jessica (played by Jenny Agutter) find themselves in on their trek to Sanctuary are mind blowing stuff. It is interesting watching these two transform from members of a lascivious and hedonistic society to a pair of innocent and almost naive people as they first discover the world outside the dome. The film really reaches it's emotional climax when Logan and Jessica find and explore the ruins of the familiar (and yet alien) Washington DC.
I've not read the book upon which the movie was based, however I plan on doing so in the near future. The plot and setting leave many questions regarding the world in which Logan and Jessica live (not the least of which is "How did this whole thing come about?") and speculating on those answers is a fun mental exercise while watching Logan and Jessica as they explore long-forgotten fisheries underneath the city, a frozen seafood storage facility run by a robot gone haywire (Roscoe Lee Browne), and a long lost civilization abandoned and grown over with weeds. The movie also raises more serious societal questions and concerns, mostly with regards to age, vanity, and sex. At what point will dying be a question which is decided by the State (or the Computer, in this case) rather than by Nature? I've heard of some place in Europe where this is already playing out, with elderly people being euthanized on the decision of their children, thus saving the State extra expenses. Serious stuff indeed.
If one can get past the clearly 70's influenced styles and some rather out of date special effects, they will likely enjoy this wonderful film on its own merits. I'm not sure that I like the idea of a remake as modern remakes tend to overdo it and completely bury the intent and enjoyability of the movie being remade (see The Poseidon Adventure as proof of this, among many others). This is a great movie that I never tire of watching! ...more info
- WEIRD, BUT ATTACHING
I'D NEVER SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE, BUT REMEMBERED HEARING ABOUT IT WHEN IT CAME OUT WHEN I WAS A KID, SO I KNEW I WAS TAKING A CHANCE BY BUYING IT ON DVD. I WAS ESPECIALLY PREPARED TO BE DISAPPOINTED BY THE FACT IT HAD NEVER BEEN CLOSE TO ATTAINING STARDOM AS MOONRAKER, STAR WARS OR EVEN THE BLACK HOLE HAD, WHICH SEEMED TO SAY IT WAS BOUND TO BE LOUSY. WELL, WHADDAYAKNOW, IT WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD; THE PLOT WAS INTERESTING, THE SOMETIMES OBVIOUS SPECIAL EFFECTS WERE FAR FROM RIDICULOUS GIVEN THE MOVIE'S AGE, AND I FOUND MYSELF CONSTANTLY SURPRISED AT MY OWN GROWING INTEREST IN THE MOVIE. SOME SO-CALLED FUTURISTIC MOVIES ARE SO STUPID YOU HATE THE PRODUCERS FOR HAVING TAKEN YOU FOR A BOZO BY MARKETING SUCH CRAP, AND MANAGING TO CON YOU OUT OF THE THEATER TICKET YOU SPENT PRECIOUS MONEY ON (INDEPENDANCE DAY, F'R INSTANCE); IN THIS CASE, I THOUGHT IT WAS SAD I'D NEVER COME AROUND TO VIEWING THIS MOVIE BEFORE. OBVIOUSLY, IF YOU'RE UNDER 20, YOU'LL PROBABLY NOT CATCH ON UNLESS YOU'RE INTO WEIRD OR DESUET MOVIES, NOT HI-TECH SPACERS. PEOPLE OVER THAT AGE, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE WHO WERE YOUNG IN THE '70s WILL FIND IT A NOSTALGIA BOOSTER. I PLACE IT AMONG THE IMPORTANT MOVIES OF THE '70s; THOSE I'LL WANT TO MAKE SURE MY KIDS SEE......more info
- Old Fashioned Sci-Fi
Obviously this film is open to criticism on several fronts. The fact that it was shot in a shopping center gives it a contemporary commercial feel rather than a futuristic feel. The gas torches that are supposed to be laser guns are not convincing at all. Even as a kid watching this film I couldn't figure out what the special effects people were thinking. They certainly could have come up with a more convincing laser gun than that in 1976. Also, the dialogue in the script is rather simple and drags in much of the film. However, having said all of this I still can't help feeling that this is a rather profound film.
Like most pre-Star Wars science fiction, the themes that the film deals with, and deals with well, are themes that we deal with today. Themes such as:
1)our youth worshipping culture and our horror of growing old
2)our obsession with cosmetics and plastic surgery
3)our limited resources and how they can best be used
4)free love and sex
5)recreational drug use
6)our increasing dependence on technology
7)the deterioration and decline of the family
All of these issues are addressed by the film and dealt with in a sober and unsettling way. In some ways this is not a fun film to watch. It raises questions. Could we actually get to a point where we start killing people just because they reach a certain age? I've heard some bad things are taking place in Holland and parts of Scandinavia. Could we ever reach a point where marriage and family life becomes a thing of the distant past, recalled only in legends and folk-lore? We seem to be moving in that direction. And could we get to a point where we become totally dependent on technology so that computers are ordering us around and we have no individual rights? I still think the most chilling part of the film is when the computer says to Logan "Identify".
The film does present a "solution" to these issues although I'm not sure that it's a very good one. It seems to suggest that going back to a more primitive existence where technology didn't exist and where humans are forced to spend their time hunting and looking for nuts and seeds is the answer. I'm not so sure.
Of course, these are the broad themes that the film addresses but the storyline itself is rather puzzling too. For example, what was Logan's real motive in running? Was he following orders from the computer or was he actually running in earnest? Or was he conflicted about whether he should actually run or stick to the mission? Also, why, when he was about to meet the other runners for the first time, did he send a tracking signal to the other sandmen? Did he think that the runners would kill him and that his only hope of escape was for the sandmen to create a diversion? How did Logan come to the conclusion that sanctuary didn't exist and why did this cause the city's computer system to crash? These are questions that I've wondered about and I haven't really found a satisfactory answer to them.
I know a lot has been said about the dullness of the dialogue in the film, but I think it's important to remember that this is a young culture that's being presented. It's a culture where young people don't have to think because the computers do all of their thinking for them and provide for their every need. In light of this, it's quite probable that their life skills and their intellectual development would be stunted. These are people who are intellectually more like children than adults.
I do wonder why the city's central computer spoke with a warm, soft feminine voice. Is this another theme? It's like a human government saying to it's citizens "Let me take care of you. Let me provide for you. And in return you will be my slaves."
- Didn't Age Well, but Worth a Look
Saw this years ago and really dug the thought that 2007 or 08 might look like this. I'd be dead with the "terminate life at 30 years" rule that is one of the foundations of the futuristic society here, but still when I saw this I was sure domed utopian cities and monorails everywhere were just around the bend.
Intersting enough premise about future society where all life ends after 30 years old, a law enforced by "Sandmen" who grab those in their late 29's and take them to a ritualized slaughter called "Carosuel". Michael York plays a Sandman who has his own doubts and suspicions when his number comes up.
The effects and the plot look bad thirty-some years later. Effect wise, the chinks in the armor show soon, with a neat little future city shown with a lake that ripples like a baby pool. A then modern shopping mall was used as the city interior and it's pretty hard to force oneself to believe that there's not an Orange Julius or a Spencers Gifts just around the bend.
Basil Expostion..I mean Michael York is not convincing, particularly in the final scenes. Peter Ustinov is unbearable and I wonder if he was as old and feeble in real life at the time as was his role.
If you like sci-fi and BAD sci-fi, it's not without merit. Like bad Christmas decorations-most of us still like to see 'em.......more info
- Cult Classic
I saw this movie for the first time on AMC a few months back and after I saw it I immediately got on the internet and ordered it. I love the special effects and set design. The only real negative to the movie is that the storyline isn't really completed and at a few spots in the movie it almost seems like the makers forgot what was going on or what the movie was about.
If you liked West World, The Omega Man, or Soylent Green you will love Logan's Run as it leaves all of those movies in its dust. I definately recommend getting this movie and the book....more info