A good slice of vintage sci-fi with themes that still resonate to this day. I really liked the narrative´s approach in not over explaining a lot stuff with is too common in sci fi. Both story telling and production design is quite ingenious but sometimes campy. Heston is effective but one-note in his role and I think the movie could have used an actor with more dimensions and vulnerability. Still a very solid movie.
Edward G. Robinson's touching last role and last scene on a movie ever is perhaps what, for me, briefly overshadowed everything else. Topical themes and scenarios (preachy sci-fi is tiring, but this isn't it) that might not be too far away, a fairly interesting mystery. Not great, but entertaining. Just make sure you won't get spoiled about the ending.
Sur le thème mythique de l'univers en proie à une surpopulation galopante, avec les problèmes alimentaires conséquents, un solide film de science-fiction. A noter une originale variation sur l'anthropophagie. Admirable et inquiétant au possible ! www.cinefiches.com
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.
An enjoyable slice of cinematic dystopia even if it is all a bit dated. Soylent Green's concept of a overcrowded, under resourced world is a prescient and relevant one. The claustrophobic bleakness of a world in poverty is portrayed harrowingly, it's just a shame that story, & the secret at its heart, aren't more hard hitting. Heston is fine as the hero, gruff as ever, but Edward G. Robinson's euthanasia stand out.
Just a few details of life in New York in 2022: The world is so crowded people might be sleeping on your fire escape. A pint of strawberries will cost over a hundred bucks. You'll have to ride an exercise bike for twenty minutes to power your one light bulb in your one room apartment. Hey—I've had Soylent Yellow and it's not bad, really. Don't knock it until you've tried it.