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VINE VOICEon November 24, 2001
I've always had a soft spot for this movie, as it was the first film that I saw by myself as a child in 1976. No one has ever argued that it's high art, but after 25 years, it's clear that this movie has more impact on the American collective psyche than most people realize. If you ask someone about the film "Logan's Run", you might get a blank stare. But tell them it's the film with the palm crystals, everyone dies at 30 in a bizarre "carrousel" (sic) ceremony, then nearly everyone (over 30, ironically) knows the movie of which you speak.
In reflecting why this is so, for a moment ignore the logic inconsistencies (if the computer is all-powerful, why doesn't it implant a timed poison pill to be released at age 30?) and the numerous continuity problems (there are four crystal age colors, but that doesn't neatly divide into 30, and "red" seems to last for 8 years???). Many have said that it was unusually dark for its period, but a screening of "Soylent Green", "Rollerball", and "Silent Running" puts that theory to bed. On the surface, it's just one more of a long list of early 1970s eschatological nightmares. But why the hell does a city near Washington (Baltimore? Alexandria?) have so many citizens with English accents?
So why is this film remembered when so many of its peers fade away? I think the answer lies in its indictment of youth oriented culture...we see that a culture based on the young is glamorous, but things don't work very well and break down (a theme from the William F. Nolan/George Clayton Johnson novel). For example, there is a slum in "Cathedral" and in the undersea city works that the all-powerful computer can't seem to repair. In a deleted scene, Francis off-handedly wishes a former lover luck as she participates in the Carrousel early in the film. We know from that encounter that adult relationships are incredibly shallow, and this is reinforced by the Sandman who "beam in" lovers for the evening.
After the initial luster of "Logan's Run" wore off, many remember it for its camp (unintentional) and its scathing spotlight on pop culture and youth worship. So it remains a de rigeur film to see on the eve of one's 30th birthday, and an interesting paragraph in the history of 1970s sci-fi.
The presentation of the DVD is fine. Audiophiles and videophiles may take issue with its dated sound and artifacting, but for most it's quite beautiful in DD 5.1 and TODD-AO glory. The director's commentary is interesting, but the great comments come from Michael York. Also included is a "making of" documentary, and the usual subtititles, language tracks, and bios.
Very strongly recommended!
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