Logan’s Run

logans_run.jpg I snagged Logan’s Run from the li­brary be­cause I’ve not seen it in al­most a decade. I can ap­pre­ci­ate it [on­ly slight­ly] more now that I’m old­er.

I find the movie quite en­joy­able, but this time the first thing I no­ticed is how stu­pid the fu­ture looks. Everything is glass and chrome and es­ca­la­tors, every­one wears these ridicu­lous mono­chro­mat­ic out­fits that bare­ly cov­er any­thing [the women es­pe­cial­ly have these scanty pon­cho things that leave their sides com­plete­ly ex­posed and just bare­ly go low enough to leave some­thing to the imag­i­na­tion. thanks to the cast­ing and the ba­sic premise of the movie, they are quite easy on the eyes.]

No one is al­lowed to live past 30. When you reach that age you must ba­si­cal­ly of­fer your­self in a form of al­tru­is­tic sui­cide called ‘carousel.’ Until you reach 30 you can live a life of he­do­nism. The main char­ac­ter, Logan 5 [Michael York] is a Sandman, ba­si­cal­ly a kind of cop who chas­es down Runners — 30 year olds who try to flee carousel. Logan is charged by the City com­put­er to find a place called Sanctuary and de­stroy it. Sanctuary is where all of the suc­cess­ful Runners sup­pos­ed­ly go.

So Logan gets ahold of Jessica [Jenny Agutter] who he had di­aled up for ran­dom sex the evening be­fore. [Free love is still very much free of con­se­quence in this movie, a true sign that is is pre-HIV and of just how much HIV and all the oth­er STDs have changed our thoughts in this area]. Jessica knows about Sanctuary and knows how to help Logan es­cape the City.

They even­tu­al­ly make it out­side af­ter sev­er­al har­row­ing es­capes and some com­plete­ly gra­tu­itous nu­di­ty in an ice cav­ern on a bearskin rug. Once out­side they spend a day search­ing for wa­ter and when they find it they pork for the first time whilst skin­ny dip­ping. Logan’s best friend, an­oth­er Sandman, tracks them to the ru­ins of Washington D.C. where they run in­to a crazy old her­mit [Peter Ustinov, who will for­ev­er on­ly be the voice of Prince John in Disney’s an­i­mat­ed Robin Hood]. The oth­er Sandman gets killed in a fight with the American flag, Logan and Jessica con­vince the crazy old her­mit to ac­com­pa­ny them back to the city where they will free every­one from their 30 year prison sen­tence of sex, drugs and de­bauch­ery. They suc­ceed, the end.

Farrah Fawcett-Majors is in this movie and has to be the most brain­less twit I have ever had the amaze­ment to ob­serve. I don’t re­al­ly know any­thing about Farrah Fawcett ex­cept that she was sup­pos­ed­ly a hot­ty back in the 1970s. I find it hard to be­lieve that she could ac­tu­al­ly be so dumb in re­al life. Is’t pos­si­ble?

There are on­ly white folks in the movie. Apparently all the oth­er folks with not-so-eas­i­ly sun­burned skin got nuked in WW III or some­thing.

The film seems lib­er­al [what with all the gra­tu­itous sex, drugs, etc.] but ac­tu­al­ly reaf­firms very con­ser­v­a­tive val­ues of mar­riage, the nu­clear fam­i­ly and all that stuff.

Once the city is de­stroyed and all the young folk es­cape the movie ends. It ends on a hap­py note right be­fore things are about to get re­al­ly shit­ty. None of the re­cent­ly-from-the-city folks know any­thing about sur­viv­ing in a wilder­ness en­vi­ron­ment. I bet they get quite irate with their new ‘free­dom’ that will re­strict their de­bauch­ery in fa­vor of mind­less drudgery for years and years and years and years un­til they die of rheuma­toid arthri­tis or gout or mal­nu­tri­tion.

I re­mem­ber watch­ing the TV show off and on at times. I don’t think I ever re­al­ly got in to it though. Probably wasn’t vi­o­lent enough for my child­hood taste.

4 thoughts on “Logan’s Run

  1. It al­ways in­ter­ests me how sci-fi movies of a cer­tain era (I’m as­sum­ing this is ear­ly 80s) can have sim­i­lar plot themes. Such as how Dark City, The Matrix, and 13th Floor all have the premise that life as you know it is a pret­ty il­lu­sion built to hide some­thing much dark­er. I say that be­cause to me this sounds sim­i­lar in a way to Bladerunner — in that you have the ide­al­ized young be­ings who get it all ex­cept a lifes­pan and the rogue char­ac­ter who is charged with bring­ing them in and forc­ing them to ac­cept their own death.

    Also — on the note of it seem­ing lib­er­al but re­al­ly be­ing con­ser­v­a­tive, I would ar­gue that from your de­scrip­tion it seems to be a con­ser­v­a­tive view of lib­er­al­ism. It is a com­mon ex­ag­ger­at­ed view for con­ser­v­a­tives to view lib­er­als as self­ish, he­do­nis­tic Caligulas just as it is com­mon for lib­er­als to view con­ser­v­a­tives as re­pressed bible-thump­ing gun nuts.

  2. your re­view doesn’t ex­act­ly sound like an out­right en­dorse­ment, but it made me want to see the movie (i nev­er saw it). it sounds kind of in­ter­est­ing. i have a thing for decades-old vi­sions of the fu­ture.

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