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April 18, 2018
The greenhouse effect has made America a roasting wasteland, which it is liable to do anyway according to historic climate shifts and this has led to food shortages and a loss of life as we know it. A degradation of values makes the filthy rich and the people in power able to do what they like, and the people starve because of monopolies in bed with the government, and because they live within totalitarian rule. Women have the option to become property with absolutely no rights in exchange for amenities and survival. This film overloaded me with philosophy questions to the point where it may take me days to process it all. The end result I came to is greed ruins everything. Fantastic film, one I'd recommend any day. Charlton Heston plays a sleazy cop well, but it's sad when a sleazy cop seems admirable in an even sleazier world.
½ April 8, 2018
Great concept even by today?s standards.
October 31, 2017
A later Charlton Heston Sci Fi that captures life & struggle for humanity in the 2020's set in NYC with a population of 60,000,000.

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.
September 25, 2017
It?s always interesting to see how a movie with a significant twist plays when it?s been spoiled for you. In the case of Soylent Green I don?t think it?s any specific person who spoiled it, just pop culture in general. I?d be more surprised if someone who grew up in the 70s and 80s DIDN?T know the contents of Soylent Green. The end result for me was that the climax of the film was possibly the least interesting part of the whole thing. Because I knew where it was all leading, I didn?t really need to see behind-the-scenes at the factory. I will say that they did a solid job of building the tension towards that ending so that people watching it for the first time without it spoiled probably had a big shock.

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.
½ September 21, 2017
A genuinely impressive opening montage, cleverly establishing the dystopia, and for its day an amazingly futuristic film. However it suffers from the same problem as most sci-fi that successfully crosses over to the mainstream - a simplistic and very uneven story. There's also some really dodgy acting thrown in.
August 23, 2017
Pretty good sci fi flick
August 13, 2017
For its period this was a well put together film. The shots are strong the story is well portrayed. I loved it from the moment I saw it. If you are an old sci-fi buff you can not help but love this.
July 22, 2017
Interesting prediction of the future, decent '70s sci-fi but now seems outdated and weak.
July 15, 2017
Not bad dystopian 70's B movie. I mean besides the bad acting, cheese, and low budget. It was kind of boring. It wasn't too inconceivable, but it certainly had its problems. Meh.
½ June 28, 2017

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.
June 11, 2017
At first it begins like a Captain Planet episode where it dumps the whole 'we are stupid, the earth sucks now' PSAs.
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.
Super Reviewer
May 5, 2017
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!
April 26, 2017
Soylent green is people!!!!!!
½ April 8, 2017
Pretty intelligent sci-fi flick from 1973. New York - and probably the rest of the world, is overpopulated. A big company guy dies and our man a detective is trying to solve the case.

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.
½ March 10, 2017
Soylent Green, being disgusting dystopian science fiction, is one of the rare movies where you agree that it doesn't really matter if you like it or not, as long as you agree that you don't want the future ending up like in the movie.
½ January 4, 2017
Interesting ideas, good style at points, hilariously bad at points.
November 13, 2016
the third in charlton heston's sci-fi trilogy (the others r 'planet of the apes' & 'the omega man') also the gr8 edward g robinson's last film.
October 16, 2016
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.
½ October 16, 2016
Every sci-fi nerd on the planet probably knows the punchline to this one, whether they've seen it or not, but even going in knowing that, it provides a pretty interesting cli-fi noir that was clearly rather ahead of its time in terms of ideas... which is horrifying. Sure it's outdated and a bit muddy and flat, but interesting nonetheless.
Super Reviewer
½ August 1, 2016
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.
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