Soylent Green Reviews
Even though I went into the movie knowing many of the things that were about to unfold, the characters and the great dialogue made for quite the different dystopian experience, as even decades later not a lof of films seem to balance its themes so blissfully.
However this message, while still a backbone of the entire story, is slowly absorbed into the audience by SHOWING what's going on.
And I don't mean 'poverty is an issue' but 'poverty is a way of life, corruption, theift, overpopulation is the norm'.
The fact that these dystopian issues are so permanent and socially tolerated is what shocked me the most.
While some of these predictions sound silly, that's only in magnitude. I am seeing these issues in my own life and I also relate to that message of 'this is the norm NOW.'
I would recommend this film as a film but also as a study of modern politics; again, some things sound silly but most of what is showed feels plausible 50 years from now.
It's a pretty different film. Sat in 2022 but not overdone when it comes to futuristic prophecies. It looks old today, and I'm guessing it never tried to be very 2022-ish. The result is quite timeless and it works fine even today. The classic face of Charlton Heston is doing a solid figure here. Not easy to like, but he grinds on you - he is the hero here after all. The fact that the film takes steps away from the horror genre (as it actually is labled by) and rather focusing on the wide open mystery of the murder is the film's weakest and most solid part at the same time. It's not especially interesting or entertaining. Not scary either. Still, it's a smart grinder with a thought trough - though easy to spot twist, with the food production of the green stuff everyone is eating. Regular food seem hard to find these days.
The suicide scene with cancer victim Edward G. Robinson is really strong as few knew he was actually dying of cancer during filming. He died few days after the film was wrapped, but first he did a very, very strong death scene that actually made the lead of the film cry real tears. That's some trivia!
Thought-provoking film with a message but not the most entertaining piece.
5.5 out of 10 people mower trucks.
Saw this on 15/10/16
Richard Fleischer's Soylent green is a sensible sci-fi film considering the time of its release. Edward G Robinson and Charles Heston do justice to their roles. The film manages to hold some twists in its bargain and still seem thought provoking.
Original, clever, ahead-of-its-time thriller. Great plot, well directed. Charlton Heston rises above his usual wooden acting to put in a good performance. Best performance on show, however, is from Edward G Robinson, as Sol.
It is amazing the environmental picture this movie paints, as it was made in 1973, before anyone worried about global warming etc. It is starting to look fairly accurate, unfortunately.
'Soylent Green' portrays a dystopic future for mankind where overpopulation has created shortages of food and other commodities. In this bleak future we follow the lives of two unlikely roommates: of the young and ambitious Detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) who wants to solve a homicide and of the aged and intellectual Sol Roth (Edward G. Robinson) who is spending time in the libraries trying to decipher long-gone knowledge and practices that have become obsolete in the new conditions.
It turns out that both men discover the same truth, truth that nobody suspects and is well concealed under a totalitarian-like regime where people's protests are violently suppressed and the 'rich' or the 'people of power' live in the upper-floor luxurious high-rise apartments.
Despite being a bit simplistic in its depiction of the society, 'Soylent Green' possesses a powerful imagery that stays with you. It also works well as a conventional adventure film.