Post-Apocalyptic Movie Bracket Game: The Hunger Games Vs. Logan’s Run
It’s the end of the world as we know it. And I feel fine. In celebration of Mad Max: Fury Road, we’re getting post-apocalyptic. So get ready to fight off zombies, scavenge for goods and run for your life! And maybe spend some quality time in an abandoned mall or Bill Murray’s house. We’re looking at what happens in movies when society crumbles. Are we replaced by apes or pod people? Is Kevin Costner a fish person or a postman? Our dystopian future is up to you.
Charlton Heston is two for two in our apocalyptic tournament. First The Omega Man beat out I am Legend and now Planet of the Apes triumphs over Invasion of the Body Snatchers. So the apes will face the winner of today’s youth-oriented bracket.
We’ve got two very different dystopias today. In The Hunger Games, children are forced to fight to the death in annual televised tournaments. Somehow these games are intended to prevent an uprising against an oppressive government. In Logan’s Run, anyone over 29 must report to a ritual called “Carrousel” where they are
put to death err “renewed”.
The Hunger Games movies are based on the young adult novels of Suzanne Collins. I have never read them myself but Mrs. Lebeau is a fan. Hey, at least it’s not Twilight, right? An up and coming actress named Jennifer Lawrence was cast as heroine Katniss Everdeen who volunteers to fight in the games in place of her younger sister. Katniss has become one of the most iconic heroines in recent movie history and the movies have helped make Lawrence a huge star.
Logan’s Run is based on the sci-fi novel of the same name by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. In the novel, life ends at 21 instead of 30. But the maximum age was raised for the movie since Michael York was hardly believable as a 20-year-old. York plays a sandman whose job is to hunt down anyone who doesn’t show up for “Carrousel”. These people are called “runners”.
Logan is assigned to go undercover to find out where the “runners” go. His time clock is advanced to make it appear as though it is time for him to report to “Carrousel” and he enlists the help of a runner played by Jenny Agutter. Gradually, Logan goes from posing as a “runner” to actually running.
Unlike, The Hunger Games, Logan’s Run was not a big hit. But it did inspire a short-lived TV series. There have been rumors of a remake for quite some time. The Hunger Games is one of the more successful movie franchises with the fourth and final film scheduled for release later this year.