Logan's Run

Year: 1976

Production: MGM / United Artists

Director: Michael Anderson

Starring: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Peter Ustinov, Farrah Fawcett-Majors

Screenwriter: David Zelag Goodman

Based on Logan's Run (1967) by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson

118 minutes; Color

One of the largest, most "prestigious" sf films of the decade, this was also one of the most sluggish, reducing its lively source, Nolan's and Johnson's novel, to a bland affair whose lavishness is all decoration, no substance. Set in a domed city where no one is allowed to pass their 30th birthday - official killers, "Sandmen", disposing of those who refuse their ritual suicide - the film concerns a renegade Sandman and his girlfriend, who attempt to reach the legendary "Sanctuary" outside. But Sanctuary does not exist; instead they find a mildewed Washington DC, inhabited by the only living old man. They decide that old age is a good thing and return to the dome to spread the news. During interrogation, the reformed Sandman confuses the city computer to the point where it blow itself up, along with the city.

Logan's Run's youth autocracy exists in a conceptual vacuum and is riddled with contradiction, and the film's attack on its sterile utopia is - typically of much patronizing sf cinema of the period - simplistic to the point of banality.

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