I watched THX-1138 for the first time last night, in an attempt to wipe from my mind the thoroughly unimpressive Indiana 4 and redeem George Lucas somewhat. It did just that, it’s a brilliant film and the sound design especially impressed me, as well as the inspired visuals and the ambitious scope. The strongest part of this film, and I think what sets it apart from other visions of future Orwellian nightmares, is that there is no enemy, that the society in which THX-1138 lives has imprisoned itself. Although it is never revealed how it came into existence, everyone is involved in keeping the status quo. Even the hero is not blameless as he helps build the very robots who are the enforcers.
Work hard, increase production, prevent accidents and be happy.