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Overall Rating
3.67

Awesome: 25.93%
Worth A Look42.59%
Average: 16.67%
Pretty Bad: 1.85%
Total Crap: 12.96%

3 reviews, 36 user ratings


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Logan's Run
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by Scott Weinberg

"A little corn and cheese sci-fi; a minor classic."
4 stars

So in the 23rd century, humans are exterminated at age 30. This is to keep the population balanced for the next wave of births, and there simply aren't enough prostitutes and drugs to go around. Logan's Run is hopelessly dated, and there are some truly ridiculous things in it, but it still stands as a fun science-fiction adventure.

Michael York plays Logan-5, a "sandman". His job is to kill "runners", which are people who decide that they don't WANT to die at age 30, and attempt to escape from the giant mall everyone apparently lives in. Logan-5 has a change of heart, however when he is up for "renewal" himself. He is forced to give up his lifestyle of home-order hookers and giant red clouds of narcotics, and make a run of his own. He's accompanied by Jessica-5(Jenny Agutter) who belongs to some kind of rebellious faction and who always wear very skimpy clothes. They're being chased by Francis-7 (Richard Jordan), who is Logan-5's old buddy, but is mainly a jerk.

The underlying plot of Logan's Run is more interesting than the basic story. Basically, everyone lives inside this one bubble city, and they're all clones. (That's why they all have numbered names.) The computer running the show apparently has decided that humans outlive their usefulness by 30, at which time people are forced to join Carousel. What this means, basically, is that on your 30th birthday, you get in this big red dome, fly up towards the ceiling, and then explode. The whole ceremony implies that all the souls are "renewed" into new bodies. (Yeah, right.) So Logan's Run works on a thought-provoking level, which always helps in a science-fiction movie.

There's also the whole "Logan and Jessica escaping the city and trying to find Sanctuary" plot, which works pretty well, even considering that the music and special effects went out of date probably 5 months after this movie was released. Some of the effects are ridiculously bad. (Hey, it was the seventies! Star Wars was made in the seventies!) There's a whacked out silver robot named Box who tries to freeze them, a lunatic plastic surgeon who tries to fry them, and a wacky old man with cats who tries to bore them to death.

After seeing Logan's Run again for the first time in about 10 years, I was struck by a few things I remembered differently:

A) When I was younger, I didn't realize that Farrah Fawcett was far and away the worst actress who ever drew breath.

B) I guess they cut out the "Love Shop" scene on TV. Apparently this place is just a no-charge 24-hour orgy. Our heroes have some real trouble escaping this dangerous spot! (Come on, how strong could a naked 19-year old girl be?)

C) Washington D.C. could use a good gardener.

D) This is a cheesy movie. I remembered it being more serious, but I guess my cynicism has grown exponentially throughout the years. The costumes are retarded, the "pod-cars" look like go-carts, and the guns the sandmen use work on some kind of wussy "sparkler-power". (The guns really are particularly stupid.)

It's still a good movie. Why? It proposes cool questions, and offers a creepy look into the future. The adventure stuff works well enough in a Flash Gordon kind of way, and I'm a sucker for the whole "quest" thing, anyway. If you're a fan of way-out-there science-fiction and you don't mind a healthy dose of 1973, it's definitely worth a look.

A pretty antiquated look at the future, but it offers enough questions and excitement to make it worth seeing. It was a favorite of mine as a kid, so I'm being kinder than I should. Remind me to see it again the the 23rd century.

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User Comments

8/05/10 PAUL SHORTT INTERESTING BUT ULTIMATELY DREARY 2 stars
11/18/09 art FARRAH FAWCETT was THE only MEMORABLE THING about this TURKEY! 1 stars
7/23/09 Pete As 'dark future' movies go it's one of the best. effects are dated now but story endures. 5 stars
3/22/09 james obrien wonderfull 4 stars
2/24/09 brian Was lots of fun in its day; now unintentionally humorous. 3 stars
10/20/08 Monster A Go-Go A bit dated and flawed, but still a very well-done sci-fi flick. Seen it many times 5 stars
4/27/08 art A STORY ABOUT CONJECTURE CONCERNING THE FUTURE 3 stars
3/20/07 David Pollastrini One of the great sci-fi films of the 70's! 5 stars
2/18/07 Matt V. The Guns were horrific looking but amazing story. 5 stars
1/19/07 Laszlo I still love it in all its cheesy glory! 5 stars
1/14/07 John Still great fun, however, the movie's kitch value is its strength now 4 stars
8/30/05 ES So very, very dated, the Island seems like a big ripoff/tribute? to this one 4 stars
8/03/05 Eric Rollins Interesting history to this movie, it stands the test of time. 5 stars
2/11/05 Russell Hobbs You cannot, repeat, cannot say you know science fiction without seeing this movie 5 stars
8/28/04 Dave GREAT MOVIE! This, and others spawned what we see today! 5 stars
8/24/04 Kyle Very original concept as "world-of-the-future" films go. 4 stars
7/19/04 Mike good sci-fi concept, illogical in many ways, needs more jenny-boobies:) 4 stars
2/09/04 Gray tells us "there is nothing wrong with getting old" we need to here that more these days 5 stars
9/28/03 emerail city a glourization of american capitalism 5 stars
6/02/03 Mick Crowley Lots of Fun. Great Sets. Music. Jenny Agutter is great. Grab the popcorn and enjoy. 5 stars
1/14/03 alien assassin One of the better sci-fi movies from the mid seventies 4 stars
12/14/02 Charles Tatum One of those movies that does not live up to the hype 3 stars
8/31/02 Penelope Andrews I LOVE THIS MOVIE! 5 stars
5/27/02 Tony Rigby Fabulous to look at; weedy plot. Ending begs every possible question. 4 stars
3/28/02 R.W. Welch A first-rate second-class sci-fi flick, inventive for its day. 4 stars
10/25/01 The $1.98 Pyramid good 4 stars
10/15/01 Andrew Carden This Movie Is So Cool, The Special Effects Are Awesome. 5 stars
6/16/01 Matt Dorsey Logan's Run ranks right up there with Blade Runner in the coveted Sci-Fi Sweepstakes. 5 stars
4/30/01 Steph Williams I loved the concept of this film. So what if its cheesy- its creepy nonetheless. Identify! 4 stars
4/12/01 Judith Latha, I loved it in all its cheesy glory and I was crazy about Michael York! 4 stars
3/08/01 jordan good movie, good knockers 4 stars
2/04/01 Invader Classic movie York makes it a delight to watch any time 4 stars
12/08/00 Wolfpack Bio-5 The first set of knockers I saw on the big screen were in this flick, kudos to Jenny A. 4 stars
11/30/00 Tim G. Cheesy yes, but what else goes so well with crackers like me :-) -- Still like it! 4 stars
11/10/00 Logan Pretty funny movie 4 stars
4/10/00 Ty Savoy I loved this movie. So what if the special effects are cheesy. Wonderfully original. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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