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THX 1138
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Lucas' first and best shot at sci-fi."
5 stars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas had no interest in making kiddie entertainment with action-figure tie-ins.

This was Lucas' first feature, an expansion of his student film THX 1138 4EB; itís an excellent, understated variation on 1984. Sometime in the 25th century, bald men and women do menial labor in pristine white rooms, take drugs to remain docile, and are kept in line by robots with electric prods.

Robert Duvall is THX, a worker who canít concentrate on his duties and yearns for a way out of this repressive, asexual society. (The film would play well on a double bill with The Handmaidís Tale, about a similar futuristic world and also starring Duvall.) Against the rules, THX falls in love with LUH 3417 (Maggie McOmie).

The movie drags at times and the stark white interiors are wearying, but this is generally more involving than most entries in the genre. Years later, Lucas reworked it for DVD, adding computer-generated effects and backgrounds. Impressive ďsound montageĒ by cowriter Walter Murch; executive-produced by Francis Ford Coppola.

Lucasí next was 'American Graffiti.' After that came The Force, and there was, for him, no going back.

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7/17/07 Indrid Cold Great visuals and atmosphere, but the story is a snooze. 3 stars
7/29/05 Green Gremlin A promising debut...why can't George lucas make another film like this ?!? 5 stars
6/26/05 Gecko Fanfoot I can't believe a film this awesome came from the mind of the guy who created Jar Jar Binks 5 stars
3/14/05 brody tru dat nigga 5 stars
9/28/04 The Grinch Lucas' best film....a little too morose and "1984" for some (see below) 5 stars
8/01/04 keithers a dull and lifeless film.... 2 stars
1/23/04 alien assassin Dull and moody. "American Graffiti" was a tremendous improvement !!!!! 3 stars
11/29/03 john the sound design is groundbreaking and there is a cool car - otherwise it's incredibly dull 2 stars
10/12/02 Charles Tatum As cold and clinical as the last two Star Wars films 3 stars
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