Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Logan's Run (1976)

Logan's Run is set in the 23rd century, in a post-apocalyptic world with inhabitants not allowed to live past their thirtieth birthday. Those who reach thirty are required to submit themselves to the Carrousel, which kills the participants, although the residents of this world believe that the process grants those who participate renewal. Those that try and escape are called Runners, and are killed by Sandmen, or those who hunt runners. Logan, one of the Sandmen, is tasked with seeking a place called Sanctuary, where the escaped runners are rumoured to inhabit.

I liked the story itself – it’s fairly exciting and has a couple of good ideas. I also liked the question of whether Logan was going to reveal the sanctuary or not, which did add an extra layer of complexity to the movie. However, there are some inconsistencies and logic problems that do ruin the plausibility of the story at times.

The special effects in this movie are quite a mixed bag. The scenes of the city as a whole are laughable; it’s painfully obvious that the shots are of poorly-created miniatures. A lot of the explosive effects are done with cheap fireworks, too. On the other hand, the laser holography on the whole looks pretty good, although the laser effects at the end are extremely naff. Apparently, it’s the first movie to incorporate laser holography, or some such feat, and got a Special Academy Award for Visual Effects. On the whole, it’s fairly decent, but nothing remarkable thirty years later. I’ll put in a special mention of the backdrops; the ruins of Washington and it’s monuments and buildings were all done extremely well, and I would nearly recommend this movie for that alone.

I did enjoy the movie, but some silly special effects and logical problems in the plot do spoil the movie. 3.5/5.


KansasBrendan said...

Your chief criticisms are of the film's visuals and special effects, so I heartily recommend the novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. There were even sequels, but I couldn't get into them.

Rojse said...

Thanks for that, KansasBrendan. I'll be on the look out for those books.

I thought some of the visuals were quite good, actually; I did enjoy the laser effects.