Film of the Day (08/03/18): Logan’s Run


Written By David Zelag Goodman
Directed By Michael Anderson

I like a good, high-minded sci-fi story as much as the next guy. In fact, possibly a lot more than the next guy. And while I can see the influence this had on generations of films that followed it (it’s not hard to see where The Matrix got its idea of humans being bred and grown as opposed to birthed and raised), I must also acknowledge the films flaws, which stick out like a hitchhiker’s thumb. There is a lot of unexplained territory here, and while I don’t need answers fed to me all the time, I do need a bit more clarity than this script puts forth, in terms of the general setup and premise. It’s been said that this was a redefining moment for blockbusters, particularly of this genre, with the dystopian society obsessed with youth, the idea of escaping the seemingly-perfect situation in search of freedom and “Sanctuary,” and the Sex Teleport. Personally, I want to know more about that last one…a LOT more. I can definitely see why this made waves upon its release, for a variety of reasons. For a film that received the equivalent of a PG rating, there is a decent amount of nudity and sex, for one thing. But another thing I imagine grabbed people’s eyes were the effects, but for both good and bad reasons. Some of the things I noticed were great, including the model shots of the city and the awesomely gross scene of the runner being dissolved and cleaned up. There are also some really cool set pieces in the middle of the movie. But then you have some truly horrible effects (the ray guns chief among them) and laugh-out-loud stupidity (I think “Box” is all I need to say) that work to unfortunately tip the scales backward again. I think at the end of the day, the best word I could use to describe this is uneven. When it works, it works well, but when it doesn’t, it shoots itself in the foot…with an awful-looking and wildly inaccurate ray gun.

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