A beautiful film that envelopes your heart as you spend time with Bruce Dern and his robot companions in the solitude of outer space. Douglas Trumbull is renowned for his effects work on 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, which wowed with it's visual wonder. Here, Trumbull creates a movie that has a similar effect as 2001, but on an emotional level. The nuance given to the theme is rare in films with an environmental subject.
I was lucky enough to see this film with an introduction by its director ,Douglas Trumbull.He went into depth on the making of the film and showed how passionate he still is ,about film making.The film is an early example of an environmentalist movie,where one person is prepared to risk all, to save the "New Eden".Bruce Dern is excellent and the robots(operated by double amputees)are the real stars of this classic.
I really wanted to like it. The premise is simple and great, Bruce Dern really sold me the character in the second half and Trumbull's got a great eye. But that's it. Too preachy and, I have to say, boring.
A great message for a sci-fi film. Ahead of it's time in it's premise but dated in terms of it's look and it's music, even though it's a great soundtrack. Silent Running is a difficult film to rate in a 5 star system without having half stars. As I feel for it's message it deserves 4 stars but for it's acting and visual appearance it probably deserves 3 stars at most? I would've given it 3 & 1/2 stars if I could.
The first piece of art/media/culture to ever make me cry when I saw it on TV when I was about 6. Maybe it says something about my cynical and hardened emotional psyche that I cried at the 'death' of a robot in an old sci-fi more than I cried at the funeral of my grandmother.