Reviewed byplanktonrulesVote: 9/10/10
This is a brilliant sci-fi movie that is very strange in how men andwomen both view the same film. I have talked to many people about thefilm and almost every guy loved it and said it was brilliant--whilemost women thought it was just disgusting and stupid! This is the onlymovie I know of that has such polarized views based on gender. Perhapsmany women just have a lower tolerance for disgusting or depressingplots--but whatever the cause, I have always found this differencefascinating.
The film begins with a murder and a subsequent investigation headed byCharlton Heston. This is set in the near future and the head of thehuge international Soylent Corporation has been assassinated. As thefilm unfolds, you quickly realize this is a terrible and highlyinequitable future American society. The rich live in gorgeousapartments with security and all the pleasures money can buy(including"furniture"--a euphemism for paid mistresses that come along with theapartment). At the same time, the masses are dirt poor, unemployed andin many cases living in abandoned cars or apartment hallways.Overpopulation and smog have taken a severe toll and the future looksawful indeed!
Why the rich man died and the awful truth he could not live with Ireally should NOT discuss--it could ruin the film for you. However, thefilm has a great plot and acting and is super-exciting to watch. Plus,it features Edward G. Robinson in his final screen performance as thecrusty sidekick to Heston. Though not for the easily depressed orsqueamish, this is a great sci-fi film that is allegorical andprofound.
Reviewed byAdam WhiteVote: 7/10/10
Very interesting. The big twist wasn't as big a shock as maybe they hadhoped for and it was very dated but it did get my mind working. Itreally got me thinking about a world without vegetation or livestockand made me appreciate the world I live in a lot more. Charlton Hestondoes a good job, as do all the supporting characters, and it was a veryrealistic film which was surprising. It lacked direction at times and alot of the settings and background needed more explanation but it wasstill a surprisingly good and intelligent movie. The main fault that Icould find was that I didn't want the film to end when it did, I wouldhave liked to see what happened next.
Reviewed bytravis-46Vote: 10/10/10
I saw Soylent Green back in 1973 when it was first released and maybeanother eight times over the years on T.V. or video. It was always one of myfavorite sci-fi and/or Charlton Heston films.
Recently, the Egyptian theater in L.A. had a twelve filmCharlton Heston retrospective. I flew in from out of state to see six of thefilms over a two day period. Soylent Green looked great on the largeEgyptian screen with a perfect new print. From its opening montage to thegoing homescene to the great ending the film was fantastic.
Charlton Heston as a cop who lives in a dog eat dog world with few naturalresources left and no understanding as to how the world used to be and EddieRobinson as a man who remembers the past are both great.
Their chemistry together is wonderful. The film also looks so much better ina great 35mm print. Fleisher really knows how to fill the screen,and thecinematoraphy, writing, music used, and everything about it works. The filmis also very powerful in its bleak and very possible view of the future.Just think how the world population grew, the rain forest that disappeared,resources used up, green house effect getting worse since 1973. I justwonder why this film has not played in theaters all these years. Itsreputation should be better.
Speaking of reputations, often people speak as if Charlton Heston is not agreat actor. Seeing him in El-Cid, Soylent Green, The Warlord, The OmegaMan, Will Penny, and Major Dundee back to back I am convinced he is one ofour best actors. Of course he made about a dozen other great films and forthose that care you know what they are.
In 2022, Earth is overpopulated and totally polluted; the natural resources have been exhausted and the nourishment of the population is provided by Soylent Industries, a company that makes a food consisting of plankton from the oceans. In New York City, when Soylent's member of the board William R. Simonson is murdered apparently by a burglar at the Chelsea Towers West where he lives, efficient Detective Thorn is assigned to investigate the case with his partner Solomon "Sol" Roth. Thorn comes to the fancy apartment and meets Simonson's bodyguard Tab Fielding and the "furniture" (woman that is rented together with the flat) Shirl and the detective concludes that the executive was not victim of burglary but executed. Further, he finds that the Governor Santini and other powerful men want to disrupt and end Thorn's investigation. But Thorn continues his work and discovers a bizarre and disturbing secret of the ingredient used to manufacture Soylent Green.