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 & 1/2 stars but for it's acting and visual appearance it probably deserves 3 & 1/2 stars at most.
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.
One of the best roles Bruce Dern has been in, aside from the "Family Plot" and "The 'burbs". Meet Bruce Dern in person, signing autographs June 3rd-5th at Saturday Nightmares Expo at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ. See Bruce give his Q&A/Intro to Alfred Hitchcock's "Family Plot", along with Karen Black! For advanced tickets - www.saturdaynightmares.com
The solitude of the main character, his determination, the featureless robots that still manage to capture your heart. I loved this movie right away when I saw it somewhere in the late seventies. Yes, this is science fiction in it's truest form and one of the reasons why I became a fan of the genre. Must see, if you can take a movie that is not an orgy of explosions and gunfire.
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.
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.