Актеры: Robert Duvall (as THX 1138), Donald Pleasence (as SEN 5241), Don Pedro Colley (as SRT), Maggie McOmie (as LUH 3417), Ian Wolfe (as PTO), Marshall Efron (as TWA), Sid Haig (as NCH), John Pearce (as DWY), Irene Forrest (as IMM), Gary Alan Marsh (as CAM, the radical), John Seaton (as OUE), Eugene I. Stillman (as JOT), Raymond Walsh (as TRG (as Raymond J. Walsh)), Mark Lawhead (as Shell Dweller in Prison), Robert Feero (as Chrome Robot)
Описание: После ядерной войны мир переместился под землю, и всем управляет компьютер. Все белое и чистое. Секса нет, а дети появляются из пробирок. Нет любви, а у людей нет даже имен - все чувства запрещены. Людям выданы номера. Номер THX 1138 (Дюволл) влюбляется и бросает вызов системе...
Блестящий режиссерский дебют Лукаса, будущего создателя "Звездных войн". (Иванов М.)
Рецензии: Rating: 4 out of 10; What the rating means in my system: "Hardcore genre fans, while maybe not finding anything particularly remarkable about this film, might find it decent time killer if they're in the right mood. May have some trivial or historical interest."
THX 1138, as most of you reading this review probably know, is George Lucas' first film. It also has historical value in that it was produced by Francis Ford Coppola (a man of amazing inconsistency when it comes to quality, in my opinion), stars Robert Duval, features Donald Pleasance, etc. With all this talent, and lots of intellectual artistic properties in structure, direction, etc., you'd think this would be a good film.
Boy, would you be wrong. I had to force myself to sit through it, although it is barely 90 minutes in length. The story is roughly a 1984 rip-off. Robert Duvall lives in a possible future in a world quite unlike ours. Emotion is discouraged, and in fact tempered with mandatory drug use. Sex is for procreation. Everyone has their head shaved. Everything is white. Big brother is always watching. Yadda yadda yadda.
Duvall is one of the few members of this society who is dissatisfied with it--surprise, surprise. THX 1138 is basically the story of Duvall's attempted escape from this oppressive society, with its obvious (and common for the 50s and 60s) allegories about the evils of communism and the dangers of technology.
However, as cliched as it is at times, I certainly can't say that THX 1138 isn't clever. It is very clever, and you'd think that film students should perhaps watch it to see alternate, artistic ways to convey information. But it's interesting to note that clever and artistic originality, as far as it's exhibited here, doesn't make a good film.
Lucas wastes no time depositing us in an alien world. Plop! There we are with odd, poor-quality, monochromatic television images, number filled jargon with no meaning to us, bizarre-looking bald people dressed all in white, etc. His aim is to emphasize the alien world and the alienation of its citizens by alienating the viewer as well. He accomplishes this easily. The problem is that he never dis-alienates you. Maybe that's the point, and as a heavy-handed, jingoistic aim, it might succeed, but does that make it a good film? No. Films do not succeed, in my opinion, merely for meeting a director's aim. That might be a success to the director, but we're not the director. Films succeed for each one of us, in turn, if we enjoy something about them, or if we don't enjoy them, they at least have some significant message that they convey to us--a message that coheres with our life experience, even if we hadn't realized it before the film--but that has a degree of profundity. Lucas achieves neither of the above for me.
If I don't care about the film, if it doesn't interest me, I'm not going to want to watch. I said that THX 1138 is clever, but I don't mean that the message is clever--merely some of the techniques, such as the reverse-direction scrolling titles. But that's more clever and interesting as an oddity, like looking at a woman and saying, "Oh, look--her ears on just below her eyes on her cheekbones and she likes to tell everyone how horrible they are"--but would I want to date her?
Even worse, once the novelty of the techniques in the initial exposition wares off, there's nothing new. What kept our interest only because of forced freshness quickly turns stale. And we're left with not only bad acting from decent actors, but a boring, meaningless jargon filled film that's more pretentious than profound, and more sleep-inducing than enlightening.
Some of the cinematography is good, and Lucas shows that he can do intriguing things with scant resources such as sets (there's also an interesting foreshadowing of the set of the first Star Wars battle scene at one point) but THX 1138 works only as a clinical artifact for film students to fawn over because they want to seem different, intelligent, and "in" and doesn't work as an enjoyable film of any sort for those of us who've outgrown ignorant "hey, look how smart and suave I am" trendiness, or who've yet to arrive there.
The bottom line: Proceed with caution. Don't say I didn't warn you.