Logan’s Run (1976) is an American science fiction adventure movie that is filled with action and is based on William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson‘s novel titled Logan’s Run. The film only uses the basic premises from the novel where everyone has to die at a specific age, and Logan and Jessica run away together as their love blossoms for each other while Francis pursues them. Director Michael Anderson (Around the World in Eighty Days (1956), The Dam Busters (1955), Millennium (1989)) did a fabulous job executing David Zelag Goodman‘s screenplay. The movie is
119 minutes long and was filmed in various locations in California and Texas. The film contains extreme sexual contents including orgies with full on nudity, one brutal, violent fighting scene, and a few bloody ones, tension, suspense, thrills, and a great romance story.
The movie portrays a dystopian future (the year 2274) society where the world is becoming overpopulated so everyone who reaches the age of thirty is killed to prevent overpopulation. The remaining humans in the year 2274 live in a sealed domed city where a computer takes care of reproduction and all aspects of the human lives. Everyone in the city has no choice but to undergo the ritual of "Carrousel" at the age of 30. The citizens are implanted with a life clock when they are born so that they can be tracked and are vaporized at the age of 30 and then renewed. The life clock is implanted in the palms of the citizens hand and changes color as their last day approaches. The citizens who do not accept the law and the concept of “Carrousel” are called Runners and Sandmen are sent to find them and terminate them. Logan 5 found an ankh one day after terminating a Runner. Logan took the ankh to the computer and were told that the ankh is the symbol for a secret group that helps the Runners. Logan is now given a mission to find and destroy the Runners Sanctuary. Logan is not happy that his time on the life clock has been changed to four years early and is now flashing red. He is contemplating on becoming a Runner and after a few events, he discovers that the ankh unlocks an exit out of the city. What happens next is for you to discover as it is a beautiful story that will make you think about life and how some people take it for granted.
Overall, I would recommend everyone to watch Logan’s Run because it is a beautiful movie that has a unique storyline for 1970’s. I gave this movie a six because it had enormous plot holes that cannot be overseen although the screenplay is beautiful. The special effects were not excellent, but it was not bad either. The editing department could have done a better job joining the scenes together, and the acting was not anything exceptional, but the movie overall was still an enjoyable watch. Many viewers today might not like Logan’s Run because it is not advanced as the movies made today, but it was a hit when I saw it in my teens. Logan’s Run has a lot of blemishes that will be seen but it works, and the movie is still remarkable when seen today by open minded viewers that keep in mind that the film was made in the 1970s.
About Logan's Run (1976)
Starring: Jenny Agutter, Bob Neill, Greg Lewis, Michael York, Johnny Timko, Michelle Stacy, Glenn R. Wilder, David Westberg, Greg Michaels, Richard Jordan, Michael Anderson Jr., William E. Johnson III, Peter Ustinov, Richard Kelton, Randolph Roberts, Jessie Kirby, Lara Lindsay, Candice Rialson, Gary Morgan, Ron D. Thornton, Laura Hippe, Camilla Carr, Ashley Cox, Bill Couch, Roscoe Lee Browne, Joe L. Blevins, Roger Borden, Paula Crist, Dick DeCoit, Chuck Gaylord
Director: Michael Anderson