"THX 1138", directed by George Lucas

Movie, 1971

Brutal, good looking dystopia from a student film re-shot by Lucas, covering similar ground to “1984”, though doing so by stripping even humanity out of the nightmare world he’s created. What this gives us is a film it’s hard to engage with or immerse in, which isn’t helped by the slow narrative pushing along a rather opaque, threadbare script. Undeniably a visual stunner with an equally bleak soundtrack. A film to admire and ponder rather than enjoy.

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