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The somewhat plausible and proximate horrors in the story of Soylent Green carry the production over its awkward spots to the status of a good futuristic exploitation film.
Uneven and slightly muddled futuristic horror story -- not really science fiction, more like an antipollution PSA gone berserk.
Good, solid stuff, assembled efficiently enough to be pretty persuasive.
Their 21st-century New York occasionally is frightening but it is rarely convincingly real.
Not well thought-out and a genuine disappointment for all its visibility in the popular conversation
Where so many science fiction visions of the era have dated, this gritty creation of a depressed (and depressing) future... looks all the more real.
...a movie based on an ending. And if you can't figure out that ending ten minutes into the movie, you aren't paying attention.
The film was a typical seventies sci-fi effort, scientifically illiterate and unimaginatively composed.
A sluggishly directed look at life and death in the 21st century.
This futuristic thriller just seems to keep getting better with age. An entertaining sci-fi flick done before special effects took over the genre.
The future never looked as retro...
Chuck Heston as a very nearly corrupt cop in a messed up future New York peeling back one helluva ugly scab on societal expediencies. Still vibrant, still timely, still effectively told and loaded with a top notch cast. Yet it gets no respect. So wrong!
The greenish cinematography and '70s visuals for a futurist dystopia look terribly dated today, and even if the film has an interesting idea and a beautiful death scene, Fleischer's direction (more focused on the procedural and the action) makes it look silly and unimaginative.
In a near future where the world is vastly over-populated and nature's resources have become decimated, a cop investigating the murder of a rich executive uncovers his globe-spanning uber-corporation's dirty little secret. Soylent Green is clearly a victim of its own reputation as its almost inevitable that you will already know how it ends, which removes the shocking revelation that would have provided the punchline to the story. As it stands, the film is surprisingly accurate in its predictions and is one of the first corporate conspiracy theory stories to reach the big screen; it is also one of the first to marry the styles of Film Noir and science fiction. The problems lie in its rather dated and cheap looking visual effects and rather workmanlike, TV quality direction. I would also have to say that with the exception of Edward G. Robinson's ageing bookworm, none of the cast are particularly likeable; Heston comes across as a selfish and corrupt asshole and women in this future society are nothing more than "furniture" - essentially live-in prostitutes. Worth a watch if you are one of the few who haven't absorbed the big plot twist through cultural osmosis but otherwise it's little more than a dated curiosity.
No idea why this movie gets so much bad reviews these days, sure, it's the "future" with people wearing 70s haircuts and clothes, big fucking surprise. The message is blunt, but still effective, and while the detective parts of the story don't go anywhere seeing the characters enjoying such mundane things that we take as granted today are fascinating to watch. Enjoy your apples, steaks and alcohol, you might not see them in the future.
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