The rather famous film from the 1970s has finally been
reviewed.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Michael York as Logan 5

Richard Jordan as Francis 7

Jenny Agutter as Jessica 6

Roscoe Lee Browne as Box

Farrah Fawcett as Holly 13

Michael Anderson, Jr. as Doc

Peter Ustinov as The Old Man

Screenplay by David Zelag Goodma based on a novel by
William F. Nolan
and George Clayton Johnson

Directed by Michael Anderson

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Premise

Logan 5 lives in a world where people die at age 30,
and it’s his job
to make sure that happens. When his time is up
prematurely, he’s not
quite as insistent on enforcing that rule.

High Point

The Old Man’s family pictures.

Low Point

The camera work in the Love Shop. It’s a complete
shift in appearance
that makes us feel like we’re in a drug-induced state.
Maybe that was
the intent, but without saying why Love Shop customers
experience and
accept this, it feels out of place.

The Scores

The originality isn’t the best.
Stylistically, it’s standard
70s sci-fi, prediccting the end of free society in
some sort of
trend. This adaptation isn’t even the first to warn
of
overpopulation. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects are few, with mixed results. The
energy wall at
the carrosel wasn’t bad at all, but the wires were
obvious, and the
melting of a corpse was as cheesy as the dissolve
shots in the wolfman
series forty years earlier. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story has some aspects well done, while
others are
weaker. The work with Logan’s character, transforming
him from spy
into supporter, was slow and subtle. However, without
knowing how
society came to become what it has, it’s hard to
accept this ending as
a happy one. Can these people who live in a bubble
actually survive
in a world that didn’t have enough fish to support one
man? Is the
pro-vegetarian attitude conveyed really supposed to be
enough to make
us believe that thousands of people can survive on the
handful of nuts
and berries that the only outside man had to hunt for?
I suspect our
heroes have doomed these people rather than saved
them. I’m not
saying they were wrong to end the society they were
living in, but I
don’t think the last remnants of the human population
can survive so
sudden a change. I generally enjoy ambiguity when I
think it’s
intentional, but that’s not the impression I got.
Maybe the DVD
commentary would convince me otherwise, but we
shouldn’t need to
listen to a commentary to understand a film. (If we
do, then the loss
of score in the story category would simply translate
into a loss of
score in the production category.) I give it 4 out of
6.

The acting is often weak, wooden, or shifted
to the other
extreme. Apart from Ustinov, nobody was really
impressive or
convincing. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response produced wasn’t what I
was hoping
for. The moving is interesting enough to hold my
attention, but
wasn’t so enthralling that I couldn’t wait to see what
was going to
happen next. I give it 3 out of 6.

The production was typical of the 1970s
sci-fi films before
Star Wars. It has elaborate, remarkably well
made sets, but
with a slow pace and pompous feel that undermines the
final
presentation, particularly when you get to the Love
Shop sequence. I
give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s not a bad movie, but it didn’t
live up to the
reputation it has developed. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Logan’s Run receives 26 out of 42.