In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.
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1950's sci-fi: Communism and the nuclear threat. Now been replaced with problems we are facing today. Greenhouse effect, overpopulation and scarcity of food along with the separation of the classes, Soylent Green presents us with a nightmarish vision of the world where humans have raped nature and now are paying the price. The acting is mediocre at best, the action feels dated but the message hits where it hurts!
Surprisingly current. Well shot, directed and written. A solid piece of 70s environmentalism whose main misgivings are its overindulgence of the main character (possibly brought about by Charlton Heston's star-status) and a less-than-perfect pace.
I disagree with anybody calling it dated or cheesy. I think this a near masterpiece. It's got a great balance of social message, melodrama and crime mystery with a stunning performance by Edward G. Robinson in its last role (his death is the films most memorable scene). My only problem with it is Heston, I think a Lee Marvin or a Steve McQueen would have given another dimension to this movie.
Charlton Heston strolls around stealing stuff, moaning at people and having odd conversations with Edward G. Robinson while getting increasingly sweatier as the running time plods on. It's just not very good at all.
I enjoyed much of the ideas and the fictional future society. Also, as the movie progressed I grew more and more fond of Thorn's hands-on mentality. At times the acting wasn't so great, especially during the action scenes, of which a lot were redundant to begin with. This movie is enjoyable and certainly has its qualities, but I can't say I think it's an essential.