Soylent Green Reviews
Heston & Edward G. Robinson in his last film role are terrific & this film has a strong message on over population & how relevant that is today.
Famed for a terrific twist ending this is an innovative thriller with sensational concepts.
The world-building in Soylent Green is what makes it special. I don?t know if I?ve ever seen a more well-defined and logical dystopian future captured on film. Just watching the movie makes me feel hot, hungry, and downright uncomfortable. The way that every actor is dripping with sweat constantly, and the sets look grimy and overloaded with people sets the stage brilliantly. Without saying one word about what happened to the Earth, you can see it and sense it in every scene you watch, to the point where you almost feel that they explained it to you with one of those voiceover news reports at the beginning. It?s not a fun world to watch, but it is portrayed well.
The story takes some odd twists and turns in Soylent Green. I was occasionally puzzled by what someone would do in the film. Particularly confusing was the sex scene that just seemed to happen with no preamble or explanation. Charlton Heston was an odd choice as the protagonist in this film, too. I thought he was somewhat unlikable and I didn?t like some of his mannerisms. It didn?t click for me why such nice people were drawn to him, because he was so unpleasant. On the flip side I loved Edward G. Robinson so much, and I wish there was more of him in the film. He was the heart that the story needed. Overall, I thought Soylent Green was a good movie that made its point, but it?s not exactly the type of film I enjoy watching.
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.