Originally posted at PopBunker.net.
Release Year: 1976 / Director: Michael Anderson / Writers:David Zelag Goodman (screenplay), William F. Nolan (novel) / Starring: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, and Richard Jordan
As I’ve been selecting movies for this Old Movies / Young Eyes feature, I have been trying to hit a lot of the movies that more experienced (*cough* older *cough*) friends have been suggesting I need to watch. Strangely enough, it seems that many of the movies from the 70s (it hasn’t been intentional that all the movies I’ve written up so far are from the 70s, by the way) that people have been recommending also happen to be the same movies that are slated for remakes. I guess there’s always money in taking what was old and making it new again; which coincidentally is a big part of the premise in Logan’s Run. And, of course, IMDB says there is a remake in progress for 2012.
Like any good dystopian movie, Logan’s Run opens up by zooming in on a beautiful futuristic world, showing a city inside of a bubble with lots of strange, advanced architecture and a slick-looking monorail system of some sort winding through the landscape. We see some of the city’s beautiful inhabitants as we make our way into what appears to be the maternity ward of a hospital. Except that as two men – Logan 5 and Francis 7 – look in the window at the babies with strange jewels embedded in their palms, their dialogue reveals that this maternity ward is absent of mothers. Francis soon reveals the large chip in the veneer of this idealized future world as he says to Logan – “One is terminated, one is born, that’s just the way it is.”
The next morning, during his briefing by the computer system that appears to be in charge of the city, Logan is told that the ankh is a symbol for something called “Sanctuary” – which is where the Runners hope to get to when they try to escape termination. Logan is instructed to become a runner himself and attempt to infiltrate the resistance and discover what exactly this Sanctuary is. The computer pushes poor Logan’s clock up four years and makes his palm-jewel start blinking, meaning he’s quickly coming due for termination. He summons Jessica to his office and tries to talk her into helping him become a runner and get connected to her friends in the resistance. She plays hard to get, but in the ensuing sequence of events she eventually finds it necessary to help him out.
Logan and Jessica proceed to make it farther than any other Runner has in the past, vanquishing a psychotic robot and discovering sunshine, skinny-dipping, the Lincoln Memorial, cats, and the first old man they’ve ever seen. Francis manages to catch up to them, resulting in one of the film’s final few climactic scenes. As usual, I won’t spoil the ending for you. I will say that while the movie was fun, it doesn’t seem like it was quite as fantastical as the book sounds. I’m definitely curious to see how the 2012 remake measures up. What do you think, readers – can Ryan Gosling still pull off an under-30 role?