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Logan's Run
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by Robert Flaxman

"If only MST3K were still on."
1 stars

Many movies that hold a continued place in the pop culture vernacular (to the point where people who have never seen them know their titles and plots) actually deserve their spots there, but Logan’s Run – the tale of a futuristic society where inhabitants are killed at age 30 – is not one such film. A bizarre, near-baffling plot with a painfully slow middle section, the film is a bad sci-fi staple – a classic case of an interesting basic concept being subverted by awful execution.

It doesn’t take long for the concept to be undercut by its own plot holes. The entire society is apparently kept in line by a group of quasi-policemen known as Sandmen, who take their orders from… a giant talking computer? There might have been some ideological property in examining the motives of a group of elders trying to keep the rest of the society from aging past 30, but the film never goes in this direction. Meanwhile, Logan (Michael York) is assigned to infiltrate a group of people who are helping those who flee to avoid being killed reach a place called “Sanctuary.”

It’s at this point that the film moves from “mediocre sci-fi with plot holes” into “completely, unbelievably insane” territory. Logan and Jessica (Jenny Agutter) are able to escape the city, but once they get out, they find that no one else ever has. Why not? It appears that their bodies were frozen by a talking robot named Box who used to work in food service. I wish I were making that up, although I don’t think I’m crazy enough to be able to do so. The film doesn’t get any more bizarre than this scene, but it sure gets a lot more boring, as Logan and Jessica find themselves in the ruins of a former city on the surface, where they just hang out for a while and meet an actual old man who has a lot of cats. From the time they escape the city to the time they re-enter it at the end of the film, things move incredibly slowly and virtually nothing happens.

Logan’s Run is the sort of film that seems like it was conceived in a dream – one of those dreams where a lot of weird things happen for no reason, and you wake up thinking you should never eat three pieces of pizza at two in the morning again. Whole scenes have no discernible connection to the already fragmentary plot – for instance, in one sequence Logan goes to see a doctor about getting his face altered. The doctor apparently decides something is up and tries to kill Logan with lasers, but Logan somehow gains the upper hand and locks the doctor in his own chair, where he is then cut up by his own lasers. Also, Farrah Fawcett has a cameo during this scene, during which she attempts to cement her status as the worst actress of all time.

Of course, there are the special effects, and while I always feel bad criticizing the effects in pre-CGI movies, those found here are particularly bad. The overview of the city is one of the most obvious miniature models ever caught on film, and there are some truly atrocious effects both in the laser room scene and in the scene where Logan and Jessica escape from Box. Their trip to the outside is matte-painting heaven. Perhaps more distracting than all of this is how obvious it is that the “domed city” is just a dressed-up shopping mall. They didn’t even bother hiding the escalators.

Like most sci-fi films, there does seem to be an underlying message in Logan’s Run; the society is largely a hedonistic one, while Logan and Jessica come to realize that it’s better to fall in love and live to old age than it is to have a lot of sex and die at 30. I suppose this is a noble message, though it hardly seems like one that most people need drilled into their heads. Either way, it’s tough to spot under the layers of baffling plot and it’s not a strong enough message to justify the total lack of other ideas. There are plenty of things that get glossed over in the film that would have been interesting enough to discuss, but none of them ever are. Instead, the plot is mostly a two-hour chase scene with a lot of downtime. What a waste.

Logan’s Run is watchable, but only because it’s so crazy and dated that it’s a prime target for mockery. Trying to enjoy it unironically, however, doesn’t seem possible. The ideas in the film would have been strong enough to carry the antiquated special effects into the CGI era, but it doesn’t feel like anyone involved actually realized that there were ideas to explore. Perhaps they snuck in by accident. Logan’s Run turns 30 next year; maybe when that happens we can stop anyone from ever having to watch it again.

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originally posted: 07/31/05 20:31:29
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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
4/09/16 Dr. Lao Pretentious and silly, but far better than the book it was based on 3 stars
11/17/09 art FARRAH FAWCETT was THE only MEMORABLE THING about this TURKEY! 1 stars
7/22/09 Pete As 'dark future' movies go it's one of the best. effects are dated now but story endures. 5 stars
3/21/09 james obrien wonderfull 4 stars
2/23/09 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
3/19/07 David Pollastrini One of the great sci-fi films of the 70's! 5 stars
2/17/07 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
8/29/05 ES So very, very dated, the Island seems like a big ripoff/tribute? to this one 4 stars
8/02/05 Eric Rollins Interesting history to this movie, it stands the test of time. 5 stars
2/10/05 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
8/23/04 Kyle Very original concept as "world-of-the-future" films go. 4 stars
7/18/04 Mike good sci-fi concept, illogical in many ways, needs more jenny-boobies:) 4 stars
2/08/04 Gray tells us "there is nothing wrong with getting old" we need to here that more these days 5 stars
9/27/03 emerail city a glourization of american capitalism 5 stars
6/01/03 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
8/30/02 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
3/27/02 R.W. Welch A first-rate second-class sci-fi flick, inventive for its day. 4 stars
10/24/01 The $1.98 Pyramid good 4 stars
10/14/01 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
4/11/01 Judith Latha, I loved it in all its cheesy glory and I was crazy about Michael York! 4 stars
3/07/01 jordan good movie, good knockers 4 stars
2/04/01 Invader Classic movie York makes it a delight to watch any time 4 stars
12/07/00 Wolfpack Bio-5 The first set of knockers I saw on the big screen were in this flick, kudos to Jenny A. 4 stars
11/29/00 Tim G. Cheesy yes, but what else goes so well with crackers like me :-) -- Still like it! 4 stars
11/09/00 Logan Pretty funny movie 4 stars
4/09/00 Ty Savoy I loved this movie. So what if the special effects are cheesy. Wonderfully original. 4 stars
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