In the year 2022, overpopulation and global warming have destroyed all of Earth's natural resources. The rich live in ivory towers, while the poor huddle together in shanty towns and crowded corridors. With no fresh foods available to the public, people have come to rely on the Soylent Corporation for a sustainable vegetable-concentrate known as Soylent Green, but a corporate assassination will lead detective Robert Thorn into discovering the horrifying secret behind the mysterious food source...
As a film, SOYLENT GREEN may show many obvious signs of aging since its 1973 release, but the 'final solution' that it represents is no less chilling, subversive, and relevant in today's overcrowded society. Richard Fleisher's vision of the future is filled with many nightmarish images, most memorably the scene in which crowds of people are scooped up and dumped into large garbage trucks like cattle. The same sequence finds the poor clamoring over each other just for a small ration of food, which is a sad reminder of the real-life difficulties around the world that are so easily overlooked by privileged societies. Legendary leading man Charlton Heston steals every scene with his boorish mannerisms and booming screen presence, but it is Edward G. Robinson's portrayal of the regret-filled Sol who becomes the most endearing as he takes simple pleasures in a piece of celery or a picture from the past. Though it lacks the mind-bending special effects that typically filled the Science Fiction staples of the 70's, the intriguing mystery and suspense coupled with its shocking ending make SOYLENT GREEN another all-time classic!
If you liked SOYLENT GREEN, check out:
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, THE OMEGA MAN, THE STEPFORD WIVES.