THX 1138 stars Robert Duvall. This was, as I understand, Lucas’ first foray into full directorial control of a movie. I think his talent shows through here, as the movie is very well done.
The storyline is pretty straight forward. Take Orwell’s 1984 and mash it up with Huxley’s Brave New World and you’ve got THX. Although this makes it sound as if the plot is kind of boiler plate, it’s not really. The cinematography really sets the mood here.
Rather than being the bleak, crumbling world of 1984 or the 1970s disco of Brave New World, this one is a more sanitary, whitewashed, boring future world. Nearly everything is white or gray and so are the lives of those who are involved in the movie.
The police robots are in black, with blank, human-like but empty faces and the boring monotone of most people’s speech finishes off the plainness of the world.
The ending sequence to this movie is great, with an extremely interesting bit of camera work and set building. You’ll know what I’m talking about once you see it.
Overall, this is a great movie. The story may not be as poignant as the two classics mentioned, but it’s still definitely worth watching. Careful with the kiddies as there is some nudity here, but it’s tastefully done.