Logan’s Run is yet another fantastic movie that presents an interesting vision of the post- apocalyptic future of our world. It may be clichéd at times, but it certainly is able to astound with the fabulous visual effects and science fiction imagery of the most futuristic sort. What distinguishes this particular film from many other science fiction projects is the fact that it somehow seems purposefully (or not?) humorous and ironic in its narrative and storytelling manner. And it definitely doesn’t worsen the provided experience, as all the marvelously comic aspects seem much more appealing when the viewer takes the whole idea less seriously.
In the 23rd century, in an ostensibly idyllic society, where every desire could be fulfilled right away, people live in happiness and peace. However, there is one major drawback to all this: people must finish their lives when they turn 30, in a quasi-religious ceremony called carousel (notice the great special effects in this sequence), which mysteriously incinerates all the participants. Those who vapor are later said to be reborn anew. That means there aren’t any old people. There are, of course, some individuals who don’t necessarily agree with the rituals and try to run; hence they are called Runners. This is where Logan (Michael York) shows up and uses his skills. He is a ‘Sandman’, a person, who is responsible for eliminating all those trying to escape. Yet, due to a crazy turn of events and an item that wasn’t meant to get into his hands, he himself becomes a Runner and is sent on a mission to find a place called ‘Sanctuary’. In the process he has to infiltrate an underground army of dangerous fugitives. So Logan runs. And along with him runs Jessica (Jenny Agutter), one of the opponents of the system. After a humorous couple of scenes (specifically the ones in the frozen cave, with a little robot fellow called Box) they finally wound up outside. After a touching moment of holding hands and looking at the sun, they discover the runs of Washington and meet an older man (Peter Ustinov). How overwhelmed they are by all the outer-world details, such as tombstones, animals, white hair and wrinkles. In the distinctly Utopian ending, they go back to convince the cut off community that the purpose of life is to grow old and die when the time comes.
The idea is fresh, interesting, and cleverly utilized as the storyline goes. Due to a high budget, the costumes, special effects and visuals are stunning (even nowadays). The acting is somehow fitting, and it is always good to see the great Peter Ustinov make an appearance, this time as a stammering remainder of the extinct civilization.
All in all, with its bold quantity of clichés, Logan’s Run certainly offers huge amount of fun, and presents an intriguing idea about the future of mankind. It shows that sometimes what’s above the surface, on the outside (as in ‘Allegory of the Cave’), might seem too frightening for some people, and they simply can’t allow themselves to think that there can possibly be more to life.