You’re about to have the best Sunday Movie Marathon ever. I happened to win this awesome gift basket, which included a $25 Best Buy gift card, from playing Pictionary a couple weekends ago at a birthday party! I’m pretty boss at board games, if I do say so myself. I should have a trophy.
So my hubby and I made the trek to Best Buy and it took us for-ev-er (Sandlot reference) to find a movie that we wanted to buy and didn’t already have. Finally, we decided on this beauty, which I figured would be a pretty sweet movie marathon day.
In the year 2274 people have an expiry date of 30 years old. On their 30th birthday they have to take part in a ritual called Carousel, which is basically them floating upwards and randomly getting zapped and instantly incinerated. The idea is that if you make it to the top you get Renewed. Everyone apparently thinks this is possible but there aren’t any old people sooooo… The movie follows Logan-5 as he discovers that it’s pretty much a done deal that he’s going to die, there is no Renewal and he wants to get the hell out of there.
It’s actually a really fun sci-fi movie with some decent effects and a neat set design for when it was made (1976). I do have to warn you though, this movie features the WORST looking robot I’ve ever seen in my whole life. And I love robots. The March Movie Marathon was all about robots, so I know what I’m talking about. I’m an authority on robots, and this one was crap. The only redeeming quality about this robot is that it’s so stupid looking, it was actually hilarious.
Apparently they’re doing a remake with a female lead. Originally Ryan Gosling was going to be playing the part of Logan 5 but he’s dropped out and now they’re considering a female lead. At least that’s what I’ve read. I would actually be excited to see a remake because the story line does have a really interesting foundation. As long as they don’t change EVERYTHING. I’m looking at you, Total Recall (which the original would also be a good addition to this marathon!).
The Omega Man
You got me, this one isn’t placed in the future. But I really liked the title I gave this marathon and I wasn’t about to change it because one of the movies doesn’t technically fit the criteria. Although, it was set in the future of when it was made, the near, almost immediate future, but the future nonetheless. The novel was actually written in 1954 and it takes place in the future (at the time) 1976. Yeah, I’m reaching. Oh well, I make the rules.
Basically, Charlton Heston is the last man alive. Everyone else has turned into pale faced, blood thirsty mutants and Heston does all he can to survive. He later runs into a couple other non-mutants and hooks up with their sexy leader, Lisa. Together, they try and live the best way they can while dealing with the pasty mutants (who, notably, wear their sunglasses at night. Also, I wonder where they all got their matching robes from. Is there one designated mutant seamstress?)
This is the second film adaptation of the I Am Legend novel by Richard Matheson which was then later adapted in the 2007 film starring Will Smith. However, that version is quite different from the novel and isn’t all that great, in my opinion. As an adaptation of the novel, this version is much better AND it stars Charlton Heston, who is kind of a big deal.
Overall, this movie has some sharp dialogue, some decent moments of suspense and is a fun watch. It isn’t a masterpiece, but good for a Sunday afternoon movie marathon.
Charlton Heston is at it again, this time a cop in the year 2022. Made in 1973, this dystopian view of the future includes food shortages, women being treated of objects (literally – they’re called furniture in the film) and corruption everywhere. With 40 million people in New York, there aren’t enough resources to sustain the population, especially when it comes to food. Strawberries are $150 each! Geez, I thought my grocery bill was getting high.
To help solve this dilemma, they’ve started making Soylent, a synthetic food source. When one of the executives of the Soylent Company is murdered, Charlton Heston is put on the case. I won’t ruin the ending for you , though it is really well known so I think most of you already know what happens, but the final reveal is pretty great if you don’t see it coming.
Whoever Charlton Heston’s agent was, I hope he was really well paid (I’m sure he was) because Heston sure made some good films. They aren’t all necessarily classics and they don’t have the most realistic story lines but they are lots of fun to watch. I also love how dramatic he is when he’s emotional (dare I say it touches on melodrama?). I don’t know why but I find it simultaneously realistic and hilarious. It’s like when you’re a kid and your dad is yelling at you and all you want to do is laugh, not even because it’s funny – you just can’t help it. I don’t know what it is, but it kills me.
Overall, Soylent Green is a pretty great. Give it a go.
If You Have Time…
Obviously, this should be the first one on the list as it is the best one. I just wanted to talk about all the movies in the triple feature. Also, although this fits the criteria perfectly (made in 1982 and takes place in 2019), it is of a completely different calibre. Whereas all the other movies are fun and aren’t to be taken seriously, this is an actual classic. So, if you’re feeling down for something on a more serious note, give this one a go. If you want to keep the movie marathon on the lighter side, then I still recommend you watch this, just on another day. It really doesn’t compare to the other movies listed here.
This movie actually deserves it’s own review so I’ll just post a synopsis straight from Google and I’ll do a full review on this movie another day.
Deckard (Harrison Ford) is forced by the police Boss (M. Emmet Walsh) to continue his old job as Replicant Hunter. His assignment: eliminate four escaped Replicants from the colonies who have returned to Earth. Before starting the job, Deckard goes to the Tyrell Corporation and he meets Rachel (Sean Young), a Replicant girl he falls in love with.
– Blade Runner, Film synopsis
Planet of the Apes
This series is it’s own marathon but I couldn’t leave it out for three reasons:
- Charlton Heston
- It fits the criteria perfectly
- Charlton Heston
Basically, Charlton Heston unknowingly travels into the future (I suppose this is a spoiler but if you don’t know this by now then I don’t know what planet you live on) to a time when the world has been overrun by talking, intelligent apes and humans have been reduced to their slaves. Pretty great. Watch it.
Would you suggest any other movies that are from the past but take place in the future?