THX-1138 (Director’s Cut)
George Lucas’ famous 1970 sci-fi debut feature is striking for its influential elements and tone that have shown up in numerous other films like “Blade Runner” and “Minority Report.” Set in the 25th century, the high concept story envisions a totalitarian state lacking privacy and individuality where its citizens are manipulated by mandatory drugs. Robert Duval plays a government-controlled factory worker named THX-1138 who is separated from his government-appointed “roommate” LUH (Maggie McOmie) when authorities become aware of their drug-evasion and sexual interaction. THX-1138 attempts to find LUH and escape their over-populated underground city. Tedious pacing contributes to the confusing nature of the movie, but George Lucas’ restored “THX-1138” is essential viewing to distinguish his artistic vision before he transformed Hollywood.
Rated PG. 88 mins. (A-) (Four Stars)