LOGAN'S RUN

(1977)
With Michael York, Richard Jordan, Jenny Agutter, Peter Ustinov, Roscoe Lee Brown, Farrah Fawcett
Directed by Michael Anderson
Reviewed by JB

Logan falls for the old "Do you want your palm red?" trick     One of the last of the "thinking man" science fiction films of the 1970s, before the Star Wars phenomenon changed the sci-fi movie landscape, LOGAN'S RUN is yet another film depicting a futuristic dystopia.  This time, everybody gets to live happy lives in an enclosed city until they reach the age of 30, at which point they must get "renewed" - or as we call it here in the present, put to death.  Michael York plays Logan, a "sandman" employed to track down and kill those who try to run away from their fates.  When Logan discovers what renewal is all about, he becomes a runner himself.

     Like many '70s sci-fi films, LOGAN'S RUN is dated, but camp is held to a minimum (try to get through the Roscoe Lee Brown as a robot scenes without giggling) and the film is a close cousin to PLANET OF THE APES in its depiction of a decimated planet whose real history is just outside the borders of the city. A remake is in the works for a 2010 release, although the more recent THE ISLAND did a pretty good job of retelling a similar story. - JB

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