Saturday, May 13, 2017

Now That Everybody Loves Dystopian Future Action Movies, Let’s Watch Logan's Run

There’s a domed city in Logan's Run (1976) where all the pretty, popular people live; it’s a hedonistic, sexually liberated world where everyone dies at age 30 in state-enforced voluntary suicides.  Unless of course you attempt to leave the city, at which point you’ll be tracked down by the Sandmen (Blade Runners?).  Running seems to be the only crime in this idyllic world, though the movie only has 119 minutes to paint a picture and foment a revolution (there’s always a resistance movement in these kind of movies).
Michael York is Logan 5, a Sandman who infiltrates the resistance while another Brit, Jenny Agutter (why are there so many English people in the future) portrays Jessica 6, who helps Logan run.  Also watch Farrah Fawcett-Majors steal the movie as Holly 13 in a relatively minor role but Charlie’s Angels debuted the same year, along with her iconic poster (which remains to this day the best-selling poster in history) which made her one of the biggest stars of the decade.
The impossibly handsome Michael York is sadly more familiar to modern audiences for being Basil Exposition in Austin Powers (1999) than D’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers (1973) or Andrew Braddock in The Island of Doctor Moreau  (1977).  Also with Peter Ustinov (yet another Brit), and directed by English director (now it all makes sense) Michael Anderson of Around the World in 80 Days (1956 with David Niven, arguably the most Englishy of Englishmen), All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960), and Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975).

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