Thursday, April 8, 2010

LOGAN'S RUN (1976)

Starring: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Peter Ustinov, Richard Jordan & Farrah Faucett-Majors
Director: Michael Anderson

Popular but overlong sci-fi film concerning a futuristic society where people are only allowed to live to the age of 30, and a policeman nearing the limit who searches desperately for a way to avoid mandatory extermination. Nice production is enhanced immeasurably by outlandish sets and beautiful, imaginative miniatures.

A science fiction film that is less concerned with philosophizing about the future than providing some entertainment with dazzling sets and futuristic gadgets. Living in a domed-in hedonistic civilization, Logan (York) is a policeman who hunts down "runners" who attempt to escape society's law that at 30 you must submit to "renewal," which is actually execution.

Dazzling first half, showing life of unending pleasure and extinction at age 30 in the year 2274, canceled out by dreary second half. Earned a special Oscar for visual effects. From novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. Later a brief TV series. (120 mins.)

My Rating: **1/2

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