Friday, October 15, 2010

Logan's Run

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Logan's Run - 3 out of 5

I'm 29 as I write this, so that means in one year the Lifeclock in my palm will blink red and turn black. That means I have to go off and be killed in (hopefully resurrected) in the Carrousel. Or I could run and have one of the Sandmen shoot me down in cold blood. If any of what I just said made sense, than congratulations you've seen Logan's Run before. A sci-fi classic from 1976 that is, sadly, being remade. HOLLYWOOD, STOP REMAKING MOVIES!

Like many science fiction films made in the 70's, this movie is an instant cult classic and partially worthy of that status. Based on the novel of the same name, this film dives into the mess that occurs when people believe they've created utopia. Sure, when you look at it, a lot of sci-fi movies deal with the utopia that is, actually, a distopia--but it's a genre, in my opinion, that works. They work because there are ALWAYS guys who claim to know the answer to the world's problems and how to solve them. Look at today's world...we have Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and other media blowhards telling us that our lives have to be lived their way. But the reality is, no one knows how to make the world work in perfect balance because it is too difficult, if not impossible, to maintain this balance. That is why I enjoy these type of sci-fi movies, because they show how the sacrifices for the supposed greater good will always come down upon the self-righteous' heads.

However, UNLIKE other sci-fi films of this era, this movie does tend to get particularly silly. Many of the serious themes and social commentary about the ignorance and arrogance of youth are destroyed by the lousy (even by the standards of when the film came out) special effects and, often, convoluted story. Often during this film, the world that is created seems more chaotic than a seemingly utopia as a lot of what the viewer witnesses (for example, a strange, all nude dance club) is almost contradictory to what the story suggests about this new world, a world built upon population control and strict standards. And some elements, like the ice area with nude people frozen in blocks of ice that has a robot named Box who's job is to collect and store food in this area. The film uses this as a flimsy reason to showcase more nudity and a very bad action sequence. The film is loaded with scenes like this that are used only for a specific reason--and no, that reason is often not the story or plot. (Note: the scene with Box are great for one reason though: Box is very reflective and you can see the entire film crew on his surface.)

For the most part, I enjoy this movie because, even though its nearly lost in the sea of silliness and bad special effects, there is something being said in this movie. But because it lacks the more serious tones of some of the other sci-fi movies of this era (like Star Wars, Blade Runner and Close Encounters of the Third Kind) I just couldn't give this movie anything more than a 3.

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