Does life really end at the age of 30? In Andersons epic, it seems so. In the film, which is loosely based on William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson’s novel of the same name, the audience is presented with an idea of what life might be like in the year 2274.
A classical 1970s take on the idea of the futuristic, the visuals are emblazoned with flashing vibrant lights and geometric sets. Although the film is incredibly kitschy, it is purposely done in a humorous manner, which makes it an entertaining watch.
Initially, the film depicts a utopian city, which is populated by under-30s who adopt a passionate hedonistic lifestyle. There are no diseases, little conflict between its inhabitants, which, at first, can make it seem that life under this protective dome is as sweet as life can be. However, soon enough, for the protagonist Logan 5 (Michael York) and Jessica 6 (Jenny Agutter), this soon takes a turn for the worse.
The film poses several questions. From a 1970s perspective, was there some truth to the reasoning behind the farfetched predictions of the future? And 30 years after the production, can we see the world moving in that direction? A direction which uses young age as a commodity, portrays sexual intercourse as meaningless, while the only release from these boundaries are the little hope that you will receive a sense of rebirth or renewal after the age of 30? Or maybe you will simply run.
director MICHAEL ANDERSON
director of photography ERNEST LASZLO
cast MICHAEL YORK, JENNY AGUTTER, RICHARD JORDAN, ROSCOE LEE BROWNE and FARRAH FAWCETT
words PRIYESH PATEL