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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Logan's Run

I cannot for the life of me fathom how this movie maintains a rating of 6.8 on IMDB and a freshness rating of 68% on Rotten Tomatoes. I just can't do it. I can't even fathom how I managed to sit through the entire movie and say, "I enjoyed that a bit more than I should have." 

I liked this film? How the hell did that happen?

Logan's Run is a 1970's cheesefest. The music is terrible, the acting is terrible, and of all the nude scenes to be found in this film not a single one of them belong to Farrah Fawcett. This film shouldn't be remembered after all this time. It's a travesty, a cheesy and goofy travesty. Farrah Fawcett is in the movie for all of two minutes before being killed, but before she is killed she puts in a completely forgettable performance. Obviously, her role in the film was a name recognition thing at the time because she brought nothing to the movie. Not even boobies. Such a waste. 

Yet, for whatever reason, this film actually has a following. It even won awards upon its release in 1976. Remember that the very next year Star Wars was released and if you compare the two Logan's Run seems more like a 1950's film in terms of its silly effects. Although, I think Forbidden Planet has this one beat. I don't think Michael York's store bought firework gun hit a single thing the entire movie. The Box character played by Roscoe Lee Browne is in a class by itself, too. The first time I saw him I laughed like an absolute madman. I just... How in the hell did this film win an Academy Award for visual effects? 

Of course, I admit that I've been spoiled by all of the awesome special effects movies as of late. It is tough to go from watching films like Guardians of the Galaxy to watching Logan's Run without feeling some culture shock. The blu-ray effect actually hinders Logan's Run somewhat because with everything being so crystal clear it makes things look even more silly. Those strings holding up people at Carousel are even more visible. 

However, I have a fondness for terrible movies and at least this one is an honest one. In some ways it is a lot like Lucy in that it is at least sincere in its blatant terribleness and it really goes for the throat. In fact, both films should share a similar audience. Logan's Run is a product of its time and budget and somehow manages to convey a story albeit one with some unintentional laughs. So it is a good time to be had by all. 

I could definitely get behind a remake for this film, but as it is I can understand why no one wants to try to touch this one. 

It's a classic... although maybe not the classic it wants to be. Stick with Star Wars or Planet of the Apes if you want sci-fi from that time at its best. Alien works, too. But if you want to see some sci-fi silliness then Logan's Run is for you. 

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