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Logan's Run
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by Jay Seaver

"Not looking so hot on the wrong side of thirty."
3 stars

It's no surprise that there's a remake of "Logan's Run" being worked on; what's surprising is that it hasn't happened sooner. It's got the three things that make it prime remake material: A name people remember, a premise that seems like it might be worth another shot, and enough shortcomings that it could clearly be done better.

Logan 5 (Michael York) lives in a domed city where everything is taken care of by the machines that run it and no-one has to work. Well, few except those like Logan and his friend Francis 7 (Richard Jordan) who work as "Sandmen", hunting down those who refuse to die on their 30th birthday - the only way, we're told, for the city to sustain itself. Logan has just been given a new assignment - infiltrate the would-be runners to find their "Sanctuary", and destroy it. He starts with Jessica 6 (Jenny Agutter), who had expressed some misgivings about the way things work, but soon finds himself on the run from Francis, who hasn't been told about Logan's undercover assignment, and toward a destination that isn't what any of them believed it to be.

Logan's Run starts out pretty well - it's visually eye-popping, with a miniature city that actually looks active in the establishing shots (in large part from the moving elevated trains). It works well close-up, too; what we see of the city looks like the center of a large shopping mall or a luxury hotel lobby, though not so much that the audience is completely aware of it. We get a feeling of what this world is like, the state of innocence and grace that its inhabitants live in, even as we're shown that they don't have the same values as the audience. The "carousel" sequence is remarkable, both for how it is staged and how it shows us how completely right dying at 30 seems for the people in this world.

And then the story starts and things go straight to heck. The powers that be give Logan information that might affect his loyalty just as he's starting an undercover assignment, and one would really think they'd give instructions for Francis to make it look good rather than have him go off like a loose cannon and jeopardize that. The first encounter with the outside world is even more mind-bogglingly stupid, though after that it simply becomes tiresome. It turns out that all the film's clever ideas were back in the city, and what's left is simply having the characters come across as morons as they re-learn about the family unit and other twentieth-century ideas. The finale is also pretty ludicrous - sure, it's a tradition that things will fail catastrophically at the least provocation, but that doesn't make it a good idea.

It's not all bad - the cast is actually pretty nice. I'm not just talking about the fact that Jenny Agutter is in her prime and nobody in this city appears to wear underwear - she's more capable than a lot of other young women cast as eye candy in this sort of movie. Michael York is similarly good as Logan, at least to start; like Agutter, he's got the ability to project innocence without being stupid. It doesn't work quite so well once they're out, especially once York is called upon to sincerely orate. Peter Ustinov is sort of bizarre when he shows up later on, but that kind of works for this movie.

Maybe, when it comes right down to it, "Logan's Run" isn't as clever an idea as it seems - all the opportunities for satire and wit are in the supposedly utopian society of the beginning, and thus the really interesting bits are lost once Logan actually runs. Those pieces are worth a look, though, and maybe the next people to take a stab at this will figure out how to make the rest work.

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User Comments

3/06/19 Carl Bruun Guilty pleasure Drive-In fare from the 70s. 3 stars
5/03/17 Suzanne dated, but still fun 4 stars
4/10/16 Dr. Lao Pretentious and silly, but far better than the book it was based on 3 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
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
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