It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Logan’s Run.
Welcome to the 23rd century. The only thing you can’t have in this perfect world of total pleasure is your 30th birthday.
This 1976 sci-fi adventure presents a utopian future where strict population control is enforced. When the youthful inhabitants of a domed metropolis hit 30, it’s off to the Carousel where they believe they will be renewed, only to be incinerated instead. Malcontents who choose to ‘run’ and seek out the fabled Sanctuary are hunted down by Sandmen – the city’s police force, which includes Logan (Michael York). When Logan is assigned a secret mission to find and destroy Sanctuary, he becomes a runner with the help of Jessica (Jenny Agutter), and must stay one step ahead of his Sandman buddy, Francis (Richard Jordan).
Conceptually, Logan’s Run is a winner, even if the Oscar-winning visual effects and obvious models and miniatures have dated it terribly. A remake has been rumoured for some time now, and if done properly, it would give this kitsch classic the glossy upgrade it deserves. In the meantime, enjoy a fun and dazzling trip into the future, ’70s style.
Four reasons why Logan’s Run rocks:
1. The fiery ritual of Carousel.
2. The production design – the future city resembles a big indoor shopping mall with a discotheque aesthetic.
3. The insane robot, Box. “I’m more than machine or man, and more than a fusion of the two. Overwhelming, am I not?”
4. Peter Ustinov’s Old Man, who lives in the ruins of Capitol Hill and quotes from T.S. Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’.
Check out STACK‘s other Friday Flick recommendations here.