THX 1138 (1971)

I tried watching this film yesterday, but HBO Max was having some spasms here, so I had to put off this science fiction film, the feature film debut of George Lucas. The film was called THX 1138 and it is a futuristic, dystopian world where people do not have names, only designations and all sexual encounters have been removed.

THX (Robert Duvall) and LUH (Maggie McOmie) rebelled against this rigid society’s rules and connected with each other.

I was just bored out of my mind with this movie. While it is a beautiful film to watch with some of the more intriguing visual shots you are going to see in a science fiction movie with its minimalist style and white backgrounds, I just could not get into this story. The lack of exposition, while a brave choice, keeps the audience members at arms length, since it only continues to increase a level of confusion about what was happening.

The film feels like a thought experiment more than it does a story, but there just is not enough ideas here to make it a science fiction story. There are some fascinating visual storytelling here and you can see some of the director’s chops that would help create on of the seminal works of fiction of all time in Star Wars.

Not one of my favorite films for the DailyView.

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