Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Soylent Green (1973)

4.5 / 5
Tagline: It's the year 2022...People are still the same. They'll do anything to get what they need. And they need SOYLENT GREEN.
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Written by: Harry Harrison, Stanley R. Greenberg
Actors include: Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Length: 97 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

This is quite the tale that you already know the plot of. Global warming has destroyed most of the world's food supply and now folks live in terrible conditions and are rationed out Soylent Green, Orange, and well other Soylent colors (which is of course their food). When Soylent green runs out the people become insane and attacking each other on the streets! The crowd control in this film is frickin' fantastic and unforgettable. Charlton plays a detective who is out to crack the secret of the Soylent company and in the mean time to steal from the rich. The rich actually have fruit and vegetables and even meat, they also rent building (which apparently include the women too). They also have some of the grooviest '70s furniture and getups that I've seen but that just added to the film (although I've heard complaints that it looks dated). It definitely fits right in with other '70s post-apocalyptic films, but some of the awesome touches like the death "experience" and the politics involved make this a step above. Definitely entertaining, dark and well conceptually intriguing, this is something to see!

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