Soylent Green Reviews
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.
It?s a decent film, but not one I?ll likely watch again.