Based on his award-winning student short, George Lucas’s debut feature cerebrally celebrates the possibility for individual freedom against all odds. In a 1984-esque white-washed future underground dystopia where sexuality is banned, all humans sport shaved heads and the same shapeless outfits as they go about their work in a mandated state of sedation, listening to exhortations to “Buy and Be Happy.” Black-clad robot cops chant a mantra to their victims that “everything will be all right” and automated confessional booths emit soothing therapeutic bromides. –amctv
Along with his friend and occasional collaborator Steven Spielberg, George Lucas was the key figure behind the American film industry’s evolution (or, according to most critics, de-evolution) from cinema to spectacle during the late ’70s. The mastermind behind two of the most lucrative franchises in history — Star Wars and the Indiana Jones features, respectively — Lucas redefined the concept of the Hollywood motion picture, shifting the focus of film away from acting and personal storytelling to special effects, production design, and rapid-fire action. Remaining at all times on the cutting edge of merchandising and technology, he forever altered the ways in which movies are perceived by audiences and studios alike.
Born May 14, 1944, in Modesto, CA, George Walton Lucas Jr.‘s first love was not filmmaking, but auto racing. Only a serious wreck forced him out of the sport, and he eventually enrolled in the University of Southern California’s famed film school program. There his… read more
Sporadically interesting glimpse of a technocratic dystopian future, with the clean-white yet scuffed visual aesthetic that is a clear prescursor to the look of "Star Wars"; but it seems aimless when the real star, Walter Murch's brilliant sound design, is not present. Also, the adding of additional CGI is deeply unfortunate and undermines any confidence that the film conveys in its original vision.
of course Lucas had to go back in and add way too many CGI and effects. The "shell dwellers" went from being dwarfs to CGI monkey-beasts. When THX crashes into the construction scaffolding in the tunnel, now there's a second worker on the scaffolding who jumps into a tunnel that wasn't there before either. Imagine Lucas saying "The film is greatly enhanced by the addition of this second construction worker." Bleh
The incredibly fertile period of the American Renaissance threw up very few Sci-Fi films, but in THX1138 George Lucas provided the genre with one certified classic at least. Lucas wrote the screenplay… read review