If it is not obvious by now, Science Fiction is one of my favorite genres. Today’s film is one that really hit me as a child and has stayed with me till this day. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen this film and will see many more times in the future. I present to you, Logan’s Run.
Todays Key Movie:
Based on the novel of the same name and directed by Michael Anderson, this film depicts a utopian society where everyone is assigned a palm crysta at birth that indicates their age. Upon turning thirty, they are expected to go through Carrousel where they are renewed in an event that vaporizes the participants.
When the Sandman enforcer Logan 5, played by Michael York, begins a clandestined investigation into the fabled place called Sanctuary, he is marked for death and, joined by Jessica 6 (Played by Jenny Agutter) he must find a way out of the city before his fellow enforcers come to claim his life.
Why this movie?
This was one of my first exposures into the Anti-Utopian Science Fiction movie genres. In line with others (Soylent Green, Silent Running, etc) this one really stuck with me as it had such an interesting premise. For a society to enforce population control by executing people at a certain age was strange and fascinating all at once. This was a concept that I had never encountered before and I found myself watching this movie over and over.
I vividly remember watching this for the first time with my father at home on VHS. It was a favorite of his and he was excited to let me experience this film. It wasn’t long before I found myself enthralled in the narrative about the Sandman turned Runner, Logan 5. Not to mention having a massive crush on Jessica 6 played by Jenny Agutter.
Once part mystery, one part social commentary and one part science fiction. This is a movie that I find myself coming back to over and over again. I hate spoiling anything but there is a great robot that Logan 5 and Jessica 6 encounter on their search for sanctuary, named Box, that I found genuinely frightening. To this day, he is terrifying.
Okay, you like this film, but is it really a ‘good film’?
This is a classic through and through and has managed a cult following over time. While it is not 100% true to the novel, it does a remarkable job translating the source material into something unique and memorable. While it is very ’70’s’ in it’s look and style it is quite the achievement for a lower budget scifi film.
The actors do a phenomenal job in the film, enlisting such talent as Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Roscoe Lee Browne and even Peter Ustinov in a surprise appearance. Everyone seems fully committed to telling an intriguing tale of the future and it shows.
OK, where do I get this movie?
You can get this film on bluray and DVD pretty much anywhere these days. Currently it is available for around $6 on Bluray and you can also get it digitally from your favorite digital film source.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.
Of Course here is the trailer:
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Late to the Game 06/14/2018
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