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Monday, December 22, 2014

Logan's Run (1976)

In the post apocalyptic world in the year 2274, civilization lives under a massive dome. At the age of 30, all citizens must submit to the Carrousel where they are either terminated or allegedly "renewed" and born again anew. Some of the population doubt the logic of the Carrousel and attempt to escape to a place called Sanctuary. They are called runners. A "Sandman" (Michael York) pursues and eliminates the runners but when his time is up, he sees things differently. Based on the novel of the same name by William F. Nolan and George Clayton, the film takes the central idea of the novel but gives it a more upbeat spin to the character's motivations. The screenplay has also fashioned a much better ending. The premise is so fascinating that it's near impossible not to be on the movie's side. Luckily, there's much to like about it from the likable leads (York and Jenny Agutter) to the handsome Oscar nominated production design (much of the film utilizes contemporary Dallas and Houston structures for its futuristic look) to Jerry Goldsmith's fine underscore. Some of the film's Oscar winning special effects are pretty weak by today's standards but not enough to damage the overall effect. Directed by Michael Anderson (AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS). With Peter Ustinov, Farrah Fawcett, Richard Jordan and Michael Anderson Jr.

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